About Australian Birds

- an Australia My Land Project

Birds of Australia

It's a Big Country With a Big List of Birds

There are an estimated 830 plus types of birds in Australia with roughly 45% of these endemic; that is they are no-where else in the world.

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Bush Birds

 
Kookaburra
Kookaburra

Giulio Scaletta

Australian Magpie
Australian Magpie

Lyle Stacpoole

Willie Wagtail
Willie Wagtail

Gerry Pearce

White-plumed Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater

Glenn Budd

Wompoo Fruit Dove
Wompoo Fruit Dove

Gerry Pearce

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Parrots

 
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Jon Walton

Rainbow Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet

Gerry Pearce

Pink Cockatoo Galah
Pink Cockatoo [Galah]

Glenn Budd

Little Corella
Little Corella

Scott Phillipe

Ringneck Port Lincoln Parrot
Port Lincoln Ringneck

Lyle Stacpoole

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Water Birds

Water Birds are those that frequent any body of water; either sea water and inland fresh water or sometimes both.

 
Australian Pelican
Australian Pelican

Lyle Stacpoole

Pacific Black Duck
Pacific Black Duck

Scott Phillipe

Australian Darter
Australian Darter

Scott Phillipe

Dusky Moorhen
Dusky Moorhen

Gerry Pearce

Black Swan
Black Swan

Lyle Stacpoole

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Shore Birds

Shore Birds are found on coastal beaches, mudflats and wetland lagoons. Many are migratory and visit Australia during the cold Northern Hemisphere winter.

There are 15 species of shore birds [approximately 1.2 million birds] who live permenantly in Australia. Another 35 or 36 species migrate every year and 15 or 16 species visit occasionally.

 
Sooty Oystercatcher
Sooty Oystercatcher

Gerry Pearce

Pied Oystercatcher
Pied Oystercatcher

Lyle Stacpoole

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit

Gerry Pearce

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt

Gerry Pearce

White Ibis
White Ibis

Scott Phillipe

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Sea Birds

The Sea Birds food source is the sea, feeding upon fish and squid, however they come ashore to roost, often on the islands scattered along the vast Australian coastline.

 
Australian Pacific Gull
Pacific Gull

Lyle Stacpoole

Silver Gull
Silver Gull

Scott Phillipe

Crested Tern
Crested Tern

Gerry Pearce

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Birds of Prey

 
Wedgetailed Eagle
Wedgetailed Eagle

Glenn Budd

Tawny Frogmouth
Tawny Frogmouth

Jim Coxon

Brown Falcon
Brown Falcon

Kollie Smith

White-Bellied Sea Eagle
White-Bellied Sea Eagle

Kollie Smith

Australian Whistling Kite
Australian Whistling Kite

Lyle Stacpoole

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Flightless Birds and Ground Dwelling Birds

 
Australian Cassowary
Australian Cassowary

Robert Wilson

Australian Emu
Australian Emu

Lyle Stacpoole

Australian Brush Turkey
Australian Brush Turkey

Lyle Stacpoole

Little Penguin
Little Penguin

Robert Wilson

Satin Bowerbird
Satin Bowerbird

Gerry Pearce

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Migratory Birds

Australia is the chosen summer destination for a number of species of migrating birds with many of these coming south to feed while their home in the Arctic is frozen over during the Northern Hemisphere's winter.

Migratory Waterbirds

About 35 or 36 species of waterbirds migrate to Australia on an annual basis involving approximately over 2 million birds and flights of up to 26,000 kilometres; mostly from Alaska and Siberia. Another 15 or 16 species visit occasionally.

Migratory waterbirds include species such as plovers, sandpipers, stints, curlews and snipes.

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