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Commonwealth of Australia

Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides ©Ian Montgomery Website

Australia is, as we all know, the only country that is also a continent. Its not surprising therefore, that it has such a wide range of bird species and families and the number of endemics it has. For most visitors it will be necessary to get to grips with whole orders of birds not familiar from travels elsewhere. I have been fortunate enough to visit Australia 3 times, in the West, North, the Top End and several of the top spots of Queensland; and want to keep going back as the bird life is truly spectacular. It would be terrific if some passing Aussie should read this and decide to write a much better introduction.

Fortunately some local birders have been contributing introductions to individual Australian states - most of which could swallow half of Europe and have room for more. Birding is a very well established pastime and, as with most other professions, plenty of Aussie birders have been exported to and can be found leading groups all over the world! Similarly there are a growing number of websites dedicated to birding in Australia. There are a number of places catering for birders listed in Fatbirder's commercial section Places to Stay World pages.

Birds Australia Awareness Campaign - In October 2000 Birds Australia launched an Endangered Species campaign in order to bring the state of our native birds to the attention of all Australians and to a worldwide audience in order to precipitate action. A vital and exciting component of the campaign is a live broadcast attached to the Birds Australia website at birdlife.org.au/ Site visitors found themselves following the progress of a family of Peregrine Falcons and Tawny Frogmouth Owls, and watching new lives emerge, from hatchlings to fledglings.

While many Australians have read or heard about environmental catastrophes around the world, they have ignored the warning signs at home and now face the loss of many unique and beautiful birds. In 2001 7.5 million native birds died needlessly. Recent research shows that of 1247 species, 264, or 21% are now threatened. In other words, one in five native birds is facing extinction. For instance the beautiful Scarlet Robin is now found in only 49% of its former range, and the number of sightings of the Nankeen Kestrel have decreased by approximately 50% as have sightings of the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle. Similar stories can be told of other species recorded in the Bird Atlas, a survey that maps distribution and abundance of every grid square in the country, produced with the assistance of over 8,000 Birds Australia volunteers.

Birds Australia is seeking your assistance in building awareness of the plight of their unique native species. For more information on Birds Australia please visit their website at birdlife.org.au/

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 856

National Bird - Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae - it is on the Australian Coat-of-arms


Number of endemics: 188 Passerines

Rainbow Pitta Pitta iris White-throated Treecreeper Cormobates leucophaeus White-browed Treecreeper Climacteris affinis Red-browed Treecreeper Climacteris erythrops Brown Treecreeper Climacteris picumnus Black-tailed Treecreeper Climacteris melanura Rufous Treecreeper Climacteris rufa Albert's Lyrebird Menura alberti Rufous Scrub-bird Atrichornis rufescens Noisy Scrub-bird Atrichornis clamosus Green Catbird Ailuroedus crassirostris Tooth-billed Catbird Scenopooetes dentirostris Golden Bowerbird Prionodura newtoniana Regent Bowerbird Sericulus chrysocephalus Satin Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceus Western Bowerbird Chlamydera guttata Spotted Bowerbird amydera maculata Great Bowerbird amydera nuchalis Red-backed Fairywren Malurus melanocephalus White-winged Fairywren Malurus leucopterus Splendid Fairywren Malurus splendens Variegated Fairywren Malurus lamberti Lovely Fairywren Malurus amabilis Red-winged Fairywren Malurus elegans Blue-breasted Fairywren Malurus pulcherrimus Purple-crowned Fairywren Malurus coronatus Rufous-crowned Emuwren Stipiturus ruficeps Mallee Emuwren Stipiturus mallee Grey Grasswren Amytornis barbatus White-throated Grasswren Amytornis woodwardi Carpentarian Grasswren Amytornis dorotheae Striated Grasswren Amytornis striatus Eyrean Grasswren Amytornis goyderi Thick-billed Grasswren Amytornis textilis Dusky Grasswren Amytornis purnelli Black Grasswren Amytornis housei Banded Honeyeater Certhionyx pectoralis Black Honeyeater Certhionyx niger Pied Honeyeater Certhionyx variegatus White-streaked Honeyeater Trichodere cockerelli Yellow-spotted Honeyeater Meliphaga notata Lewin's Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii White-lined Honeyeater Meliphaga albilineata Bridled Honeyeater Lichenostomus frenatus Eungella Honeyeater Lichenostomus hindwoodi Yellow-faced Honeyeater Lichenostomus chrysops Mangrove Honeyeater Lichenostomus fasciogularis Singing Honeyeater Lichenostomus virescens Yellow Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavus White-gaped Honeyeater Lichenostomus unicolor White-eared Honeyeater Lichenostomus leucotis Yellow-throated Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavicollis Yellow-tufted Honeyeater Lichenostomus melanops Purple-gaped Honeyeater Lichenostomus cratitius Grey-headed Honeyeater Lichenostomus keartlandi Fuscous Honeyeater Lichenostomus fuscus Grey-fronted Honeyeater Lichenostomus plumulus Yellow-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus ornatus White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus Macleay Honeyeater Xanthotis macleayanaL White-naped Honeyeater I>ithreptus lunatus lack-headed Honeyeater I>ithreptus affinis lack-chinned Honeyeater I>Melithreptus gularis trong-billed Honeyeater I>Melithreptus validirostrisBrown-headed Honeyeater I>Melithreptus brevirostris Silver-crowned Friarbird Philemon argenticeps White-cheeked Honeyeater Phylidonyris nigra White-fronted Honeyeater Phylidonyris albifrons Bar-breasted Honeyeater Ramsayornis fasciatus Striped Honeyeater Plectorhyncha lanceolata Rufous-throated Honeyeater Conopophila rufogularis Grey Honeyeater Conopophila whitei Painted Honeyeater Grantiella picta Regent Honeyeater Xanthomyza phrygia Western Spinebill Acanthorhynchus superciliosus Bell Miner Manorina melanophrys Yellow-throated Miner Manorina flavigula Black-eared Miner Manorina melanotis Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Acanthagenys rufogularis Little Wattlebird Anthochaera lunulata Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata Yellow Wattlebird Anthochaera paradoxa Crimson Chat Epthianura tricolor Orange Chat Epthianura aurifrons Yellow Chat Epthianura crocea Gibberbird Ashbyia lovensis Forty-spotted Pardalote Pardalotus quadragintus Red-browed Pardalote Pardalotus rubricatus Western Bristlebird Dasyornis longirostris Eastern Bristlebird Dasyornis brachypterus Rufous Bristlebird Dasyornis broadbenti Pilotbird Pycnoptilus floccosus Origma Origma solitaria Fernwren Oreoscopus gutturalis Yellow-throated Scrubwren Sericornis citreogularis White-browed Scrubwren Sericornis frontalis Brown Scrubwren Sericornis humilis Atherton Scrubwren Sericornis keri Large-billed Scrubwren Sericornis magnirostris Scrubtit Acanthornis magnus Redthroat Pyrrholaemus brunneus Speckled Warbler Chthonicola sagittatus Rufous Calamanthus Calamanthus campestris Chestnut-rumped Hylacola Hylacola pyrrhopygia Shy Hylacola Hylacola cautus Mountain Thornbill Acanthiza katherina Tasmanian Thornbill Acanthiza ewingii Buff-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza reguloides Western Thornbill Acanthiza inornata Slender-billed Thornbill Acanthiza iredalei Chestnut-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza uropygialis Yellow Thornbill Acanthiza nana Striated Thornbill Acanthiza lineata Slaty-backed Thornbill Acanthiza robustirostris Weebill Smicrornis brevirostris Dusky Gerygone Gerygone tenebrosa Western Gerygone Gerygone fusca Brown Gerygone Gerygone mouki Southern Whiteface Aphelocephala leucopsis Chestnut-breasted Whiteface Aphelocephala pectoralis Banded Whiteface Aphelocephala nigricincta Red-capped Robin Petroica goodenovii Rose Robin Petroica rosea Hooded Robin Melanodryas cucullata Dusky Robin Melanodryas vittata Pale-yellow Robin Tregellasia capito Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis Grey-breasted Robin Eopsaltria griseogularis White-breasted Robin Eopsaltria georgiana White-browed Robin Poecilodryas superciliosa Grey-headed Robin Heteromyias cinereifrons Southern Scrub-Robin Drymodes brunneopygia Chowchilla Orthonyx spaldingii White-browed Babbler Pomatostomus superciliosus Hall's Babbler Pomatostomus halli Chestnut-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus ruficeps Eastern Whipbird Psophodes olivaceus Western Whipbird Psophodes nigrogularis Chiming Wedgebill Psophodes occidentalis Chirruping Wedgebill Psophodes cristatus Chestnut Quail-thrush Cinclosoma castanotus Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush Cinclosoma castaneothorax Cinnamon Quail-thrush Cinclosoma cinnamomeum White-winged Chough Corcorax melanorhamphos Apostlebird Struthidea cinerea Varied Sittella Daphoenositta chrysoptera Crested Shrike-tit Falcunculus frontatus Crested Bellbird Oreoica gutturalis Red-lored Whistler Pachycephala rufogularis Gilbert's Whistler Pachycephala inornata Brown Whistler Pachycephala simplex White-breasted Whistler Pachycephala lanioides Bower's Shrike-thrush Colluricincla boweri Sandstone Shrike-thrush Colluricincla woodwardi Little Crow Corvus bennetti Australian Raven Corvus coronoides Little Raven Corvus mellori Relict Raven Corvus boreus Victoria's Riflebird Ptiloris victoriae Paradise Riflebird Ptiloris paradiseus Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis Black Currawong Strepera fuliginosa Masked Woodswallow Artamus personatus White-browed Woodswallow Artamus superciliosus Little Woodswallow Artamus minor Ground Cuckooshrike Coracina maxima White-eared Monarch Monarcha leucotis Pied Monarch Arses kaupi Russet-tailed Thrush Zoothera heinei White-backed Swallow Cheramoeca leucosternus Fairy Martin Hirundo ariel Australian Yellow White-eye Zosterops luteus Brown Songlark Cincloramphus cruralis Rufous Songlark Cincloramphus mathewsi Spinifex-bird Eremiornis carteri Painted Firetail Emblema pictum Red-eared Firetail Stagonopleura oculata Diamond Firetail Stagonopleura guttata Red-browed Firetail Neochmia temporalis Star Finch Neochmia ruficauda Plum-headed Finch Neochmia modesta Chestnut-eared Finch Taeniopygia castanotis Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii Masked Finch Poephila personata Long-tailed Finch Poephila acuticauda Black-throated Finch Poephila cincta Gouldian Finch Erythrura gouldiae Yellow-rumped Munia Lonchura flaviprymna Pictorella Munia Heteromunia pectoralis

Number of endemics: 90 Non-passerines

Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae Australian Brush-turkey Alectura lathami Malleefowl Leipoa ocellata Stubble Quail Coturnix pectoralis Plumed Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna eytoni Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis Musk Duck Biziura lobata Freckled Duck Stictonetta naevosa Cape Barren Goose Cereopsis novaehollandiae Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus Maned Duck Chenonetta jubata Black-breasted Buttonquail Turnix melanogaster Chestnut-backed Buttonquail Turnix castanota Buff-breasted Buttonquail Turnix olivii Painted Buttonquail Turnix varia Red-chested Buttonquail Turnix pyrrhothorax Little Buttonquail Turnix velox Red-backed Kingfisher Todiramphus pyrrhopygia Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris Black-eared Cuckoo Chrysococcyx osculans White-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus baudinii Slender-billed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus latirostris Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii Glossy Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami Pink Cockatoo Cacatua leadbeateri Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea Western Corella Cacatua pastinator Long-billed Corella Cacatua tenuirostris Cockatiel Nymphicus hollandicus Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus Varied Lorikeet Psitteuteles versicolor Purple-crowned Lorikeet Glossopsitta porphyrocephala Australian King-Parrot Alisterus scapularis Superb Parrot Polytelis swainsonii Regent Parrot Polytelis anthopeplus Alexandra`s Parrot Polytelis alexandrae Red-capped Parrot Purpureicephalus spurius Green Rosella Platycercus caledonicus Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans Northern Rosella Platycercus venustus Pale-headed Rosella Platycercus adscitus Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius Western Rosella Platycercus icterotis Bluebonnet Northiella haematogaster Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus Mulga Parrot Psephotus varius Hooded Parrot Psephotus dissimilis Golden-shouldered Parrot Psephotus chrysopterygius Bourke's Parrot Neopsephotus bourkii Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans Rock Parrot Neophema petrophila Turquoise Parrot Neophema pulchella Scarlet-chested Parrot Neophema splendida Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus Ground Parrot Pezoporus wallicus Night Parrot Pezoporus occidentalis Australian Swiftlet Aerodramus terraereginae Chillagoe Swiftlet Aerodramus chillagoensis Greater Sooty-Owl Tyto tenebricosa Tasmanian Masked-Owl Tyto castanops Powerful Owl Ninox strenua Southern Boobook Ninox boobook Western Rosella Platycercus icterotis Bluebonnet Northiella haematogaster Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus Mulga Parrot Psephotus varius Hooded Parrot Psephotus dissimilis Golden-shouldered Parrot Psephotus chrysopterygius Bourke's Parrot Neopsephotus bourkii Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans Rock Parrot Neophema petrophila Turquoise Parrot Neophema pulchella Scarlet-chested Parrot Neophema splendida Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus Ground Parrot Pezoporus wallicus Night Parrot Pezoporus occidentalis Australian Swiftlet Aerodramus terraereginae Chillagoe Swiftlet Aerodramus chillagoensis Greater Sooty-Owl Tyto tenebricosa Tasmanian Masked-Owl Tyto castanops Powerful Owl Ninox strenua Southern Boobook Ninox boobook Square-tailed Kite Lophoictinia isura Black-breasted Buzzard Hamirostra melanosternon Black-winged Kite Elanus axillaris Letter-winged Kite Elanus scriptus Red Goshawk Erythrotriorchis radiatus Grey Falcon Falco hypoleucos Black Falcon Falco subniger


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Australasian Raptor Association


The Australasian Raptor Association (ARA) was founded in 1979. Our aim is to promote the study, conservation and management of diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey, as well as to foster communication and cooperation concerning such activities within the Australasian Region….

Australasian Seabird Group (ASG)


The Australasian Seabird Group, the oldest of BirdLife Australia's Special Interest Groups, was formed in 1971….

Australasian Wader Studies Group (AWSG)


The AWSG was formed in 1981 to coordinate and focus studies on waders, or shorebirds. These comprise the many plovers and sandpipers in the families Charadriidae and Scolopacidae, as well as the stone-curlews, snipes, pratincoles, oystercatchers, stilts, avocets and the Plains-wanderer…

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme


On 18th September 1887, an albatross of undetermined species was found near Triggs Island, Western Australia, with a tin collar around its neck which carried the following message: 13 naufrages sont refugies sur les iles Crozet 4 Aout 1887 (thirteen shipwrecked sailors have taken refuge on the Crozet Islands, August 4 1887). This message was telegraphed to the French authorities, who despatched the warship La Meurthe from Madagascar to the Crozets, which are in the south Indian Ocean, and it was established that the message had been attached to the albatross by the crew of the French sailing ship Tamaris, which was wrecked in the Crozets on 9th March 1887. The unfortunate seamen, however, did not live to see the sucessful result of their experiment in bird banding, as they apparently perished in an ill-fated attempt to reach nearby Possession Island, two months before the arrival , on 2nd December 1887 of La Meurthe.

Australian Bird Study Association


Welcome to the website of the Australian Bird Study Association. We hope that, whether you are a professional or amateur researcher, a birdwatcher or just an interested web surfer, you will find something of interest in these pages…

Australian Wildlife Conservancy


AWC is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of Australia’s threatened wildlife and ecosystems…

BirdLife Australia


BirdLife Australia is the place for everyone to gather together, be a united force and work towards a sustainable future for our beloved Australian birds. Our work with Australian birds stretches back over 100 years…

Birds Australia Records Committee


Why submit a record to BARC? This is a question that is often asked and the answer is fairly simple; records of rarities are of real interest to the ornithological community. They have done a lot to improve understanding of distribution limits, migration routes and field identification of many species of birds...

Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater


Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater formed in May 1989 when the Helmeted Honeyeater population reached a critically low level of 50 birds…


Abbreviations Key: See the appropriate Continent Page (or Country Page of those used on country sub-divisions)

Nature Reserve Abbreviations

Links to top reserves are found on each state page. The following abbreviations are used:

CP = Conservation Park
CR = Conservation Reserve
FS = Fauna Sanctuary
MR = Marine Reserve
NCA = Nature Conservation Area
NGPA = Non-Government Protection Area
NP = National Park
NrP = Nature Park
NRf = Nature Refuge
NRs = Nature Reserve
SF = State Forest
SP = State Park
WR = Wetland Reserve
WPA = Wildlife Protected Area
WS = Wildlife Sanctuary

Forums & Mailing Lists


Mailing List

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Discussion Group BIRDING-AUS offers a free electronic mailing list for anyone with an interest in Australian wild birds.

Feathers and Photos


Hello and welcome to Feathers and Photos, a friendly and informative forum where birders and bird photographers alike, can share their love of Australian birds. As a forum guest your current access to our site is limited. Once registered you'll be able to create and reply to posts, view full-size images and access other forum features…

Guides & Tour Operators

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Australia Wildlife Tours

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Cairns - Australia rainforest sanctuary dedicated to the conservation of cassowaries also 135 other bird species profits from tours go to wildlife habitat conservation. genuine birdwatchers who book one of our wildlife tours get free unlimited access to our private sanctuary to look for pittas wompoos kingfishers etc…..help save our wildlife.

Birding Ecotours - Eastern Australia

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Australia is a naturalist’s dream come true. Australia harbors enormous diversity of habitats. This tour focuses on eastern Australia, during the dry season. A superb and exciting tour with mostly easy birding in comfortable surroundings – truly unforgettable! Pre-tour in Dawin, post-tour in Tasmania. Please contact us for more details.

Birding Pal


Local birders willing to show visiting birders their area…

Birding Tours Australia

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Australia has about 780 endemic/migratory species and our tour area is home to over 300 of these at different times of the year. Our 1 or 2 day tours are an excellent way of seeing many of Australia's unique bird species…

Coates Wildlife Tours

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Coates Wildlife Tours is family owned and the first company in Western Australia to operate authentic nature based tours over such a wide area…

Fine Feather Tours

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Fine Feather Tours is owned and operated by Del and Pat Richards, and is based in Mossman, North Queensland, adjacent to the richest birding area in Australia. Well over half of Australia`s species have been recorded within a distance of 200 kilometres. Fatbirder Recommended

Firetail Birdwatching Tours

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I hope you enjoy this website which is designed to assist people in finding Melbourne and Victoria’s diverse birdlife.

Follow That Bird

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Our team provides comfortable, high quality birdwatching tours with professional guides and well planned itineraries throughout Australia…

Kimberley Birdwatching

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Kimberley Birdwatching is based in Broome, which is situated in the southwest corner of the Kimberley division. The Kimberley is one of the most exciting and least explored regions for the birdwatcher and naturalist. Our tours also cover the Northern Territory. This company is owned and operated by George Swann (what a great name for a birder) and a jolly nice fella he is too. He will be desperately disappointed if he can`t get you the bird you are after and will turn out for an extra half day or evening to try again. Fatbirder Recommended

Manu Tours

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For birders and naturalists Australia is a fantastic destination. With over 750 recorded bird species, of which 320 are endemic and an amazing collection of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Australia is a vast continent and we have chosen these areas for the great variety of birds and wildlife found here…

Nature Travel Specialists

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Nature Travel Specialists believes that travel is most enjoyable when it expands the horizons of both visitor and visited, when both give and receive from each other. With this in mind we design itineraries that enable our travelers to explore the natural areas of the world, in the company of English-speaking local tour guides who know their country and region intimately…

Wild Watch Australia

Tour Operator

WildWatch operates a birding and wildlife (and photography) guiding business out of Cairns. In addition to conducting excursions in the Cairns and Tablelands region, they also run tours to Cape York, Iron Range, Kakadu, Tasmania and most other notable birding spots throughout Australia.

Trip Reports

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Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2007 [04 April] - Duan Biggs


In the order of trip: Werribbee, Phillip’s Island, Great Ocean Road, Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Windorah, Scotia Sanctuary NSW, Broken Hill, Mount Remarkable, Port Augusta, Gluepot Nature Reserve, Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Great Ocean Road, return to Melbourne…

2009 [11 November] - Michael Retter


The array of habitats visited (and thus, birds seen) on this tour makes it an ideal excursion for anyone who has never visited the continent. We started in the warm, lush rainforests of northern Queensland, traveled inland to the desert-like outback of western New South Wales, watched clouds of seabirds and whales off the rocky coast near Sydney, and ended on the snow-covered peaks of Tasmania…

2010 [12 December] - Rosemary & Peter Royle - West, South & Tasmania


Whilst this 10 week trip was primarily intended as a birdwatching trip and we wanted to see as many of the possible birds as we could, we also wanted to walk, photograph and explore, and to experience the varied scenery and habitats, and especially the flowers which these parts of Australia offer. The trip was a great success – we love Australia and can’t wait to get back…

2011 [11 November] - David & Amanda Mason


For some reason, which I can’t remember now, when we went to New Zealand 13 years ago, we didn’t fancy Australia. Times change; a list of potential lifers as long as your arm and the exhortations of friends we had met in the Amazon in 2008 to come to Sydney and visit them were just too much to ignore. Rather than attempt the impossible and see the whole country we decided to limit our trip to the east coast, taking in Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart…

2013 [02 February] - Lars Olausson & Hans-Erik Persson

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…Narawntapu is also called Australia’s Serengeti. We did not see much of that in the middle of the day. Had a short walk to the bird hide, nothing special seen here, although we had hoped for Cape Barren Goose. On the far side of the lake some 20 Eastern Grey Kangaroos were having a lazy day. Back to the center we found our first Wombat feeding on a nearby lawn. At a small waterhole along the entrance road we had a large flock of Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos (at least 75)…

2013 [02 February] - Philip Maher & Patricia Maher

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Annotated list…

2013 [11 November] - Dion Hobcroft - Eastern Australia


…Almost straight away we found Gray-headed Robin, Mountain Thornbill, and Atherton Scrubwren, plus interesting subspecies of both White-throated Treecreeper and Gray Fantail. We tracked down a vocal Bower’s Shrike-thrush and were given a fine performance by a Tooth-billed Bowerbird at his display court….

2013 [11 November] - John Coons


…Overall there were lots of memorable sightings that included all those Pink-eared Ducks feeding in the ponds; huge Black-necked Storks near Darwin; a Pacific Baza perched just over the road; several Australian Bustards coming to drink at the ponds; the Hooded Plover on the beach in Tasmania; great views of all those shorebirds at Cairns….

2013 [11 November] - John Coons & John Rowlett


…We started the first morning in Cairns (with the rather inscrutable Jun Matsui driving) at Centenary Lakes where we had nice looks at Lovely Fairywren, Brown-backed Honeyeater, Large-billed Gerygone at a nest, and our first waterfowl. We then drove onto the Tableland and birded Granite Gorge….

2013 [11 November] - Nick Leseberg - Eastern Australia


…As always though, a few birds missed here, a few birds gained there, meant we still ended up with a very respectable trip list; 439 species of bird and 37 species of mammal. Bird-of- the-trip went to the ever-popular Plains-wanderer, while runner-up was a close fight between the enormous Southern Cassowary and the tiny Splendid Fairywren….

2014 [01 January] - Michael Comber


2014 [07 July] - Peter Waanders - Nine Grasswren Tour

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The 2014 ‘Nine Grasswren tour’ started in Adelaide (SA) and finished in Alice Springs (NT). After visiting Birdlife Australia’s Gluepot Reserve (Red-lored Whistler, Black-eared Miner) we explored the bluebush plains around Whyalla (Western Grasswren, Splendid (turquoise) Fairy-wren) and travelled through the scenic Flinders Ranges (Short-tailed Grasswren) up to the Birdsville track where we had both Chestnut-breasted and Banded Whiteface as well as the elusive Grey Falcon and Eyrean and Grey Grasswren...

2014 [10 October] - Chris Benesh


Part One of the 2014 Australia tour was a whirlwind of excitement spanning much of the southern tier of Australia. We explored many of the varied and temperate landscapes found there and experienced a nice cross-section of down under weather. Some of the weather was wild enough to make national news headlines but, fortunately for us, it seldom hampered our birding...

2014 [11 November] - John Coons


During our three weeks in Australia we found loads of birds in the Top End, forests of northern Queensland, Atherton Tableland, inland deserts, mountain rainforests, and Tasmania. Birds and mammals performed well, and we saw many of the legendary creatures for which Australia is well known....

2014 [11 November] - John Coons & Rose Ann Rowlett


Starting in Brisbane (during the G20 Summit!), we began with a visit to nearby Sandy Camp Reserve, which provided a great introduction to Australian birds, from Royal Spoonbills and Red-kneed Dotterels to Rainbow Bee-eaters, Superb Fairywrens, and Double-barred Finches. A stop at Fig Tree Point netted Blue-faced and Mangrove honeyeaters and a responsive Mangrove Gerygone. Then it was on to O'Reilly's, where we were left for three nights in Duncan's hands, well, and as perches for Crimson Rosellas and Australian King-Parrots. Highlights at O'Reilly's ranged from a singing Albert's Lyrebird at arm's length to stunning Regent Bowerbirds, foraging Australian Logrunners and Eastern Whipbirds, and Red-necked Pademelons just outside our rooms...

2015 [08 August] - Bram Vogels - East Australia

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The high tide roost is more or less where the swimming pools are, so if the tide comes up you better get there first. On the esplanade we had Willie wagtail, white‐breasted woodswallow, Australian pelican, Silver gull, Australian magpie, Masked lapwing, Australian white ibis, Australian pied cormorant, Varied honeyeater, Straw‐necked ibis, peaceful dove, Welome swallow, Black butcherbird Australian figbird, Double‐eyed fig parrot, Rainbow lorikeet, Brahminy kite, White‐face heron, Spangled drongo, Little friarbird, Noisy friarbird, White‐bellied cuckooshrike, Australian swiftlet; all very common.

2015 [09 September] - Birding Ecotours

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2015 [10 October] - Birding Ecotours

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2015 [11 November] - Birding Ecotours

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2015 [11 November] - John Coons


...Though we saw a few birds through the fence, we cursed the luck that cost us entry and several species. We then drove a loop birding Honeymoon Gap, where Marsha spotted a bird sitting out on the edge of the cliff that remained in the scope just long enough for a few in the group to glimpse a Dusky Grasswren...

2016 [01 January] - David & Amanda Mason - Australia & New Zealand


We loved Australia 4 years ago & New Zealand in 1998 and with so much to see, decided to combine two trips into one and visit some new areas; after all it is a long way to go for just a couple of weeks!

2016 [09 September] - Iain Campbell & Lisle Gwynn - Eastern Australia

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...our first Variegated and Superb Fairy-Wrens of the trip. These were of course upstaged by Splendid Fairy-Wren at Cunnamulla where we also found Red-capped Robin, the stunning Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo...

2016 [09 September] - Northern Australia

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...a nomadic honeyeater-fest at Uluru where Black and Pied were breeding in profusion with the desert in bloom; a Chestnut Rail watched gathering nesting material in a tidal creek in Darwin; a huge Rufous Owl peered down at us in Darwin’s Botanical Garden; a pair of majestic Red Goshawks tended their nest in Kakadu...

2016 [10 )ctober] - Erik Forsyth - SW Australia

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...we had numerous highlights, too many to mention, but a pick of the bunch includes: Southern Cassowary, Plains-wanderer, Banded Stilt, Tawny and Papuan Frogmouths, Powerful Owls, Australian Owlet-nightjar, Albert’s and Superb Lyrebirds, Major Mitchell’s and Gang-gang Cockatoos, Ground Parrot, Noisy Pitta, Rufous Bristlebird, Victoria and Paradise Riflebird, Painted Honeyeater...

2016 [10 October] - Allan Benson - Quail Thrush Tour

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Target Species- Copper-backed Quail-Thrush, Nullarbor Quail-thrush Western Quail-thrush. Naretha Bluebonnet, Western Fieldwren...

2016 [10 October] - Dion Hobcroft

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...With a final morning of birding at O’Reillys, we were able to sight a few new birds like Crested Shrike-tit, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Rose Robin, White-headed Pigeon, and Brown Cuckoo-Dove. We enjoyed repeat sightings of the many glamorous birds that make their homes here....

2016 [10 October] - Dion Hobcroft - NSW & NT

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...excellent views of Topknot Pigeon, Australian King-Parrot, nesting Collared Sparrowhawks chasing Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Green Catbird, excellent views of Superb Lyrebird, an Australian Owlet-Nightjar basking at the entrance to a hollow...

2016 [10 October] - Erik Forsyth

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This ’year’s tourto Australia was a huge success, with many of Australia’s most sought-after birds seen, many more species added to our overall list, plus a large selection of unique mammals and quite a few reptiles also spotted. We began with our South West Australia extension, during which we found many of the toughest endemics, including Western Bristlebird, Noisy Scrubbird and Western Whipbird. We also saw Carnaby’s and Baudin’s Black Cockatoos, Blue-breasted Fairywren, Square-tailed Kite, Rednecked Avocet, Hooded Dotterel, Painted Buttonquail and the lovely little Red-eared Firetail.

2016 [10 October] - John Coons & Tom Johnson


...Gang-gang Cockatoo, Speckled Warbler, Gilbert's Whistler, the magical Malleefowl (walking around her nest mound), Chestnut-backed Quail-thrush, Striated Grasswren, Mallee Emuwren, and a host of other specialties helped to fill out our days in this diverse part of the continent....

2016 [11 November] - Andrew Jensen - Eastern Australia

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...Further species noted for the first time included King Parrot, Eastern Spinebill, Brown Gerygone, Grey Fantail, Grey Shrike-thrush, and the bizarre Channel-billed Cuckoo, a bird like a flying umbrella stand! On the river, Australian Wood Duck, Great, Little Black and Little Pied Cormorants and Australian Swamphens were all recorded....

2016 [11 November] - Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory


...We stopped at Centenary Lakes, which yielded a plethora of new trip birds like Olive-backed Sunbird, Australian Brushturkey, Olive-backed Oriole, a nesting Papuan Frogmouth, and even an incubating Bush Thick-knee! Shortly after, we surrounded ourselves with rainforest at Chambers Rainforest Lodge and that meant a whole new suite of species. The lodge grounds were alive with Victoria’s Riflebirds, Spotted Catbirds, Gray-headed Robins, and a variety of honeyeaters, including Macleay’s and Lewin’s....

2016 [11 November] - Jay VanderGaast & Doug Gchfeld - New Guinea & Australia


...We began our adventure in the steamy tropics of Far North Queensland, arriving in the friendly coastal city of Cairns, which we used as a base to explore the surrounding, bird-rich areas. Our first afternoon of birding just to the north of the city and along the famous Esplanade gave us our first taste of the treats in store for us, with Green Pygmy-Goose, Magpie Goose, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Rainbow Bee-eaters, and Crimson Finches starting things off right at Yorkey's Knob and Cattana Wetlands, and the high tide along the Esplanade pushing a plethora of shorebirds within easy viewing distance. The next few days took us up to the Atherton Tablelands....

2016 [11 November] - John Coons


...A Western Bowerbird was spiffing up his bower; Dusky Grasswrens were singing and territorial, as were fairywrens and honeyeaters and such rarities as Redthroat and Chiming Wedgebill. Vast stretches of Spinifex were in seed, and there were displaying Spinifex Pigeons, responsive Spinifex-birds and emuwrens, and nesting Painted Firetails. Mulga Parrots foraged amid the wildflowers, and impressive flights of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos inspected mulga burns. There were Long-nosed Dragons, leveed Mulga Ant nests, and flowering Sturt's Desert Peas....

2016 [11 November] - Sam Woods - Eastern Australia

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...; excellent views of two enormous Southern Cassowary at both Etty Bay and Cassowary House; the hills north of Cairns also yielded a wonderful Noisy Pitta that allowed us to ‘scope it while calling from the forest canopy, and also provided us with our first Yellow-breasted Boatbill, and only White-eared Monarch of the tour; the feeders at Cassowary House also hosted an iridescent male Victoria’s Riflebird and several Spotted Catbirds, both seen to within a meter of us; a beautiful Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove watched calling in the telescope from the mangroves in Cairns; a minimum of four Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfishers....

2017 [03 March] - Geoff Upton - Tasmania, Victoria & South Australia

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...It was raining by the time we left Port Arthur and while we were eating our fish and chips from the Doo-Lishus truck at Eaglehawk Neck it turned into a heavy downpour. Later we drove down an unmade road to Fortescue Bay, where we had a very successful short walk, seeing black currawongs, green rosellas, a satin flycatcher and a laughing kookaburra in the forest and a black-faced cormorant on the rocks....

2017 [10 October] - Stephen Burch - Australia & Singapore: Introduction


Over at least the last decade I had been collecting information on good places to visit, which included a few sporadic pieces in Birding World, and even snippets in the Guardian newspaper. Most of these were in Queensland, but I was also keen on visiting Kakadu National Park which was nearest to Darwin. Sydney was almost on our list, but for general tourism only not birds! Given the immense distances involved in Australia, three internal flights would be needed to cover all the places we wanted to visit. The duration of this trip was 4 weeks, which was limited by the maximum amount of time we could both feasibly get off work. Timing was chosen carefully to avoid the hotter months, which sounded increasingly problematic in Australia at present.

Tim Dolby's bird trip report site


Birds and birding in Alice Springs, Cairns, Chiltern, Croajingolong, Darwin, Flinders Ranges, Gluepot, Grampians, Great Barrier Reef, Gulf of Carpentaria, Hattah, Kakadu, Lamington, Little Desert, Murray-Sunset, Simpson Desert, Strzelecki Track, Sturt NP, Terrick Terrick and Wyperfeld…


Australasian Birdfair


The next Australasian Bird Fair will be conducted in 2019. Stay tuned for details: PO Box 2006, Rockdale 2216 NSW Australia - +61 (0)2 9567 9743 - +61 (0)411 249 075


See State Pages


ACS Distance Education - Ornithology - BEN102


The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the many interesting and diverse bird species, and their physiology and habitats. You will learn a wide variety of things, through a combination of things such as reading, interacting with tutors, undertaking research and practical tasks, including observing birds….

Australian Museum


The ornithological collection contains about 70,000 specimens. In addition to the major Australian collection, there is a good coverage of New Guinea, New Zealand and South Pacific birds and a large representation (95%) of the world families. Although the skin collection makes up the majority of the ornithological holdings, osteological, anatomical and oological (egg) collections provide an important coverage of the Australian avifauna. Collection data are on a computer-based system.

National Museum of Australia


…was built in Canberra, the national capital of Australia, to celebrate the Centenary of Federation in 2001.

Other Links

Allen & Unwin


Allen & Unwin are now the distributors of a range of ornithological books including Christopher Helm and Pica Press in Australia and New Zealand.

Australian Birding Webring


A webring of Australian birding websites. The webring idea is growing - its a way of linking websites together that have a common thread such as birding.

Australian Cuckoos


Everything you ever wanted to know about Australasian cuckoos.

Birders Totals


Australia Life List Rankings…

Birding Australia


Your guide to the best books, literature and information for birders visiting Australia and Australians birding at home. My Shop contains carefully chosen, competitively priced books, CDs and other reference products to enhance your birding experiences in Australia. My book Birding Australia, a complete directory of Australian birding, is published in two editions, one designed for international visitors, the other for Australian birders…

Birdwatching Australia


A directory of Australian birdwatching tours, bird clubs, freelance-guides, bird-orientated accommodation and reference information. - I found it to be really useful when planning a trip down under. [Fatbirder]

Environmental Resource Information Network


A good starting point to find out information relating to environmental issues…

Eremaea Birds


A free birding records database and atlas…

Field Guide to Australian Birds


Michael Morcombe`s excellent book is now online and you can help him keep it up to date - what a brilliant idea!

Nature Sound


Bird, Frog and Mammal calls encompassing the tropical and subtropical regions of eastern Australia with detailed support information in the cover. Comprehensive coverage includes 5 frog species which are believed to be extinct.

Pelagic Birding Homepage


Welcome to the Australian Pelagic Home Page: A page dedicated to those with an interest in pelagic bird watching, photography and whale-watching. Offering some interesting information on what can be seen around oceans of Australia. Pelagic trips have been departing from a number of ports around Australia for many years now, providing a considerable amount of information on the birds and mammals likely to be encountered.

Photographers & Artists

Australian Bird Video Archive


Download movie clips of birds in Australia…

Film Maker - John Young


Welcome to a world of creatures rare and wonderful - and the amazing domain of cinematographer John Young and the team who form John Young Wildlife Enterprises… PO Box 1511, Toowong, Qld 4066, Australia Tel: 07 3870 4308 Mailto:iain@johnyoungwildlife.com

Gallery - Birdphotos


Australian Birdlife Photo Library [Greg Holland & Leon Keasey]…

Photographer - David Cook


Welcome to birds of … , a site dedicated to wild birds and bird photography. It shows some of the birds that I have encountered on my travels…

Photographer - Ian Montgomery


Ian Montgomery invites you to share the beauty and fascination of wild birds as seen through his eyes and camera…

Photographer - Jonathan Munro


An excellent selection of Australian birds and beasts…

Photographer - Russell Jenkins Stoop Files


Photography of birds and nature in Japan and Australia…

Photographer - Sarah Koschak


Gallery with some truly stunning photographs…

Photographer - Simon Bennett - AustralAvianImages


Photographs of Birds, Mammals and Nature from Australia, New Zealand, Madagascar and Thailand by Simon Bennett. To find a species of interest enter its name in Search e.g. black duck or just duck; or you can browse the Species Group galleries.

Photographer - Tom Tarrant


Some lovely pictures of some lovely birds from around the world.

Photographers - Albert & Eleanor Wright


The Gypsy Twitchers ?? Albert and Eleanor Wright… two passionate (bordering on obsessive) birdo’s who are fortunate enough to each have in each other, a partner with the same passion for nature and the outdoors. Since 2007 we have been travelling in Australia, steadily increasing our Australian Bird List and at the same time capturing numerous images of Australia's landscape and wildlife (in particular avarian variety)…

Photographers - Greg Holland & Leon Keasey


This site features an outstanding collection of high quality photos of Australian bird life, containing hundreds of species…

Sound Recordist - David Stewart - Nature Sound


Excellent CDs with no voice over and the most extensive indexes in the business!