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Birding Australia

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: 969

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

Endemics

Number of endemics: 353

With so many endemics it makes no sense to list them here.
Number of breeding endemics: 8
Number of globally threatened species: 71
Number of introduced species: 28

Checklist

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Useful Reading

A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of Australia

By Dean Ingwersen | John Beaufoy Books | 2017 | Paperback | 176 pages, ~300 colour photos, 2 colour maps |

ISBN: 9781912081615

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A Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of the Australian High Country

By Neil Hermes, Geoffrey Dabb & Julian Robinson | John Beaufoy Books | 2017 | Paperback | 360 pages, 650 colour photos, colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9781909612969

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Australian Bird Names: A Complete Guide

By Ian Fraser & Jeannie Gray | CSIRO| 2013 | Paperback | 336 pages | b/w illustrations |

ISBN: 9780643104693

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Birding Australia

By Lloyd Nielsen | 2012 | Spiralbound | 188 pages, b/w photos, tables |

ISBN: #197029

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Birds of Australia

by Ken Simpson, Nicolas Day & Peter Trustler | Bloomsbury Publishing | 2012 | Paperback | 382 pages, 132 plates with colour illustrations, 1000 b/w line drawings, colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9780713669824

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Birds of Australia and its Island Territories: A Checklist

By Phil Gregory | Sicklebill Publications | 2008 | Paperback | 44 P`ages, Map |

ISBN: 9780980482508

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Birds of Australia: A Photographic Guide

By Iain Campbell, Sam Woods, Nick Leseberg & Geoff Jones | Princeton University Press | 2014 | Paperback | 391 pages, 1100+ colour photos, colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9780691157276

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Birds of Prey of Australia: A Field Guide

By Stephen Debus | CSIRO | 2012 | Paperback | 180 pages, plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; b/w illustrations, b/w distribution maps |

ISBN: 9780643104365

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Field Guide to Australian Birds

By Michael Morcombe | Steve Parish Publishing | 2003 | Paperback | 448 pages, 3000 colour illustrations, 850 maps |

ISBN: 174021417X

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Field Guide to Australian Birds [Complete Compact Edition]

By Michael Morcombe | Steve Parish Publishing | 2004 | 2012 Reprint | Paperback | 384 pages, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 1740215591

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Finding Australian Birds: A Field Guide to Birding Locations

By Tim Dolby & Rohan Clarke | CSIRO | 2014 | Paperback | Colour photographs | Maps | 602 pages, Colour Photos, Colour Maps |

ISBN: 9780643097667

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Green Guide to Garden Birds of Australia

By Peter Slater & Sally Elmer | New Holland Publishers | 2015 | Paperback | 96 pages, colour photos |

ISBN: 9781921517501

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How Many Birds is That?

From the Forty Spotted Pardalote on Bruny Island to the White-tailed Tropicbird on Cape York | By Sue Taylor | Hyland House | 2001 | 154 pages | Colour & b/w illustrations |

ISBN: 1864470445

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Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds

By Leslie Christidis & Walter E Boles | CSIRO | 2008 | Paperback | 277 pages, Tables |

ISBN: 9780643096028

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The Australian Bird Guide

By Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers & Rohan Clarke | Illustrated by Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack & Kim Franklin | Bloomsbury | 2017 | Paperback | 566 pages, ~250 plates with 4700+ colour illustrations; colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 9781472912350

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The Big Twitch

by Sean Dooley | Allen & Unwin | 2006 | Paperback | 322 Pages |

ISBN: 1741145287

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The Complete Guide to Finding the Birds of Australia

By Richard Thomas, Sarah Thomas, David Andrew & Alan McBride | CSIRO | 2011 | Paperback | 480 pages, colour photos, maps |

ISBN: 9780643097858

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The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia

(The Definitive Work on Bird Identification) | By Graham Pizzey & Frank Knight | Harper Collins Australia | 2012 | Paperback | 608 pages, plates with colour illustrations, 750 distribution maps |

ISBN: 9780732291938

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The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds

By Peter Slater | New Holland Publishers | 2009 | Paperback | 343 pages, 157 col plates, b/w plates, 750 maps |

ISBN: 9781877069635

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Where to Find Birds in Australia

By John Bransbury | Waymark | 2001 | Paperback | 539 pages, 110 maps, 72 colour photos |

ISBN: 0646126776

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Where to Watch Birds in Australasia & Oceania

Nigel Wheatley | Christopher Helm | 1998 | Hardback | 448 pages, 50 line illus, 100+ maps |

ISBN: 0713645431

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Organisations

Australasian Seabird Group (ASG)

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

Australasian Wader Studies Group (AWSG)

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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

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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

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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

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

BirdLife Australia

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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…

BirdLife Australia Raptor Group

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The BirdLife Australia Raptor Group (formerly Australasian Raptor Association) 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.

Birds Australia Records Committee

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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

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

Reserves

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:

BG = Botanical Gardens
BIC = Biodiversity Interpretation Centre
CA = Conservation Area
CP = Conservation Park
CR = Conservation Reserve
GR = Game Reserve
FS = Fauna Sanctuary
MNP = Marine National Park
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
SR = State Reserve
WCP = Wildlife Conservation Park
WR = Wetland Reserve
WPA = Wildlife Protected Area
WS = Wildlife Sanctuary
WSS = Wilderness Sanctuary

Forums & Mailing Lists

Birding-Aus

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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

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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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Australian Ornithological Services

Tour Operator

Philip Maher was born in Deniliquin, in south-western New South Wales. His interest in natural history was fostered by his parents from a young age. While Philip is an authority on Australian birds generally, his name is synonymous with the plains-wanderer, a bird of the open plains of inland Australia. In 1980 Philip and the Nevinson family came across a plains-wanderer while atlassing. Philip went on to study the species extensively, banding about 600 birds. He has shown the species to large numbers of Australian and international birders.

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 Tours Australia

Tour Operator

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

Tour Operator

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

Tour Operator

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

Tour Operator

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

Follow That Bird

Tour Operator

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

Kimberley Birdwatching

Tour Operator

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

Tour Operator

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

Tour Operator

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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CloudBirders

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.

2009 [11 November] - Michael Retter

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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

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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

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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

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…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

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…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

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…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

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…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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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...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

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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

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...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

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...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

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...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

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...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] - Chris Benesh & Jesse Fagan

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We started off the tour in Sydney with a visit to Centennial Park, where we were fortunate to meet up with Steve Howard, who took us to several of his favorite birding sites and got us onto a Powerful Owl which would have otherwise been impossible to find. Several of us also enjoyed feeding figs to a Common Brushtail Possum roosting in the area. We then headed over to the Sydney Botanical Garden for another Powerful Owl and a nice view of the Sydney harbour.

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

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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

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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…

Festivals

Australasian Birdfair

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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

Observatories

See State Pages

Museums

ACS Distance Education - Ornithology - BEN102

http://www.acseduonline.com/courses/product.aspx?id=177

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

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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

http://www.nma.gov.au/

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

Other Links

Australian Birding Webring

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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

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Australasian cuckoos.

Birders Totals

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Australia Life List Rankings…

Birding Australia

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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

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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

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

Eremaea Birds

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A free birding records database and atlas…

Field Guide to Australian Birds

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

Nature Sound

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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

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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

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Download movie clips of birds in Australia…

Film Maker - John Young

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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

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

Photographer - David Cook

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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

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

Photographer - Jonathan Munro

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An excellent selection of Australian birds and beasts…

Photographer - Russell Jenkins Stoop Files

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Photography of birds and nature in Japan and Australia…

Photographer - Sarah Koschak

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Gallery with some truly stunning photographs…

Photographer - Simon Bennett - AustralAvianImages

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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

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

Photographers - Albert & Eleanor Wright

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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

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

Sound Recordist - David Stewart - Nature Sound

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