Australian Birds

Australia is a fantastic place for birding with hundreds of birds only found here from Emus down to the tiny Weebill. As well as many varied land habitats, the surrounding oceans have a great range of pelagic birds, such as petrels and albatrosses.
We've now left Australia to return to the UK, so the update on 24/12/2012 is likely to be the last for some time.

Last updated: 24/12/2012: 12 new species and 5 updated

Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Sydney.















Atherton Scrubwren
Australasian Bittern
  new 24/12/2012
Australasian Darter
Australasian Figbird
Australasian Gannet
  updated 17/10/2012
Australasian Grebe
  updated 17/10/2012
Australian Brush-turkey
Australian Bustard
Australian Crake
Australian Magpie
Australian Owlet-nightjar
Australian Pelican
Australian Raven
Australian Reed Warbler
  new 24/12/2012
Australian Ringneck
Australian White Ibis
Australian Wood Duck
Baillon's Crake
Barred Cuckoo-shrike
Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-shouldered Dove
Baudin's Black-cockatoo
  new 24/12/2012
Beautiful Firetail
Black-browed Albatross
Black Butcherbird
Black-faced Cormorant
Black-fronted Dotterel
Black Swan
Black-winged Stilt
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Bridled Tern
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Brown Cuckoo-dove
Brown Falcon
Brown Honeyeater
Brown Skua
  updated 17/10/2012
Brown Thornbill
Brush Bronzewing
  new 24/12/2012
Buff-banded Rail
Buller's Albatross
  updated 17/10/2012
Bush Stone-curlew
Campbell Albatross
  updated 17/10/2012
Cape Petrel
  new 17/10/2012
Carnaby's Black-cockatoo
  new 24/12/2012
Caspian Tern
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Chestnut Teal
Common Blackbird
Common Bronzewing
Common Greenshank
Common Myna
Common Starling
Crested Pigeon
  updated 21/10/2012
Crimson Rosella
Dusky Moorhen
Eastern Curlew
Eastern Koel
Eastern Osprey
Eastern Reef Egret
Eastern Rosella
Eastern Yellow Robin
Emerald Ground-dove
Eurasian Coot
Fairy Prion
  new 17/10/2012
Flesh-footed Shearwater
Fluttering Shearwater
Golden-headed Cisticola
Great Cormorant
Great Egret
  updated 24/12/2012
Greater Sand Plover
Great Knot
Great-winged Petrel
Greater Crested Tern
Grey Butcherbird
Grey Currawong
  new 24/12/2012
Grey Fantail
Grey Shrike-thrush
Grey-tailed Tattler
Grey Teal
Gull-billed Tern
Helmeted Friarbird
Hoary-headed Grebe
House Sparrow
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross
Intermediate Egret
Jacky Winter
  updated 24/12/2012
Kelp Gull
Laughing Kookaburra
Leaden Flycatcher
Lesser Sand Plover
Lewin's Honeyeater
Little Black Cormorant
Little Corella
Little Egret
Little Grassbird
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Raven
Little Wattlebird
  updated 21/10/2012
Long-billed Corella
Macleay's Honeyeater
Magpie Goose
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
Mangrove Robin
Masked Lapwing
Masked Woodswallow
Musk Lorikeet
Nankeen Kestrel
New Holland Honeyeater
Noisy Friarbird
Noisy Miner
Northern Giant Petrel
  updated 17/10/2012
Nutmeg Mannikin
Olive-backed Sunbird
Orange-footed Scrubfowl
Pacific Black Duck
Pacific Golden Plover
Pacific Gull
Pale-yellow Robin
Pallid Cuckoo
  new 24/12/2012
Peaceful Dove
Pied Butcherbird
Pied Cormorant
Pied Currawong
Pied Oystercatcher
Pomarine Skua
Powerful Owl
Purple-crowned Lorikeet
  new 24/12/2012
Purple Swamphen
  updated 17/10/2012
Radjah Shelduck
Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Lorikeet
Red-necked Stint
Red-rumped Parrot
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
  updated 24/12/2012
Red Wattlebird
Red-winged Fairywren
  new 24/12/2012
Royal Spoonbill
Rufous Songlark
Rufous Treecreeper
  new 24/12/2012
Satin Bowerbird
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Scarlet Robin
  new 24/12/2012
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Shy Albatross
  updated 24/12/2012
Silver Gull
Southern Boobook
Southern Cassowary
Southern Giant Petrel
Sooty Oystercatcher
  updated 21/10/2012
Sooty Shearwater
  new 17/10/2012
Spectacled Monarch
Spinifex Pigeon
Spotted Catbird
Spotted Turtle Dove
Squatter Pigeon
Straw-necked Ibis
Striated Heron
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Superb Fairy-wren
Superb Lyrebird
Swift Parrot
Tawny Frogmouth
Terek Sandpiper
Torresian Imperial Pigeon
Tree Martin
  new 21/10/2012
Varied Honeyeater
Varied Sittella
Varied Triller
Variegated Fairy-wren
Victoria's Riflebird
Wandering Albatross
  updated 17/10/2012
Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Welcome Swallow
Whiskered Tern
  new 24/12/2012
Whistling Kite
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
White-bellied Sea-eagle
White-breasted Woodswallow
White-browed Scrubwren
  updated 24/12/2012
White-cheeked Honeyeater
White-faced Heron
White-throated Treecreeper
White-winged Chough
Willie Wagtail
Wonga Pigeon
Yellow Honeyeater
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater
Yellow-throated Miner
Zebra Finch



K. Simpson and N. Day, The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, 2004.
P. Slater, P. Slater and R. Slater, The Slater Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, 2009.
G. Pizzey and F. Knight, Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, 2004.
M. Morcombe, Field Guide to Australian Birds, 2003.
L. Svensson, K. Mullarney, D. Zetterström and P. J. Grant, Collins Bird Guide, 1st edition, 1999.
Birds In Back Yards - Very informative site on many of the species of Australia.
BirdFourm Opus - Online encyclopedia written by the members of
Birdlife - International organisation of bird groups which documents bird species and their threats.