Western Australia

Western Whistler Pachycephala occidentalis ©Andy Walker Website
Birding Western Australia

Western Australia (WA) is a state occupying the entire western third of Australia. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, the Great Australian Bight and Southern Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east and South Australia to the south-east. Western Australia is Australia’s largest state with a total land area of just under a million square miles and is the second-largest country subdivision in the world, surpassed only by Russia’s Sakha Republic – however, a significant part of it is sparsely populated. The state has about 2.6 million inhabitants, around 11% of the national total. 92% of the population lives in the south-west corner of the state, mostly in the Perth area. Most of the state is a low plateau with an average elevation of about 1200 feet much of the land area is covered in soil with low fertility. The southwest coastal area has a Mediterranean climate. It was originally heavily forested. This agricultural region is one of the nine most bio-diverse terrestrial habitats, with a higher proportion of endemic species than most other equivalent regions. Thanks to the offshore Leeuwin Current, the area is one of the top six regions for marine biodiversity and contains the most southerly coral reefs in the world. Average annual rainfall varies from 12 inches at the edge of the Wheatbelt region to 55 inches in the wettest areas near Northcliffe, but from November to March, evaporation exceeds rainfall, and it is generally very dry. Plants are adapted to this as well as the extreme poverty of all soils. The central two-thirds of the state is arid and sparsely inhabited. The only significant economic activities are is mining & resources, tourism, agriculture and fisheries. Annual rainfall averages less than 10 inches, most of which occurs in sporadic torrential falls related to cyclone events in summer. An exception to this is the northern tropical regions. The Kimberley has an extremely hot monsoonal climate with average annual rainfall ranging from 20 to 60 inches, but there is a very long almost rainless season from April to November. Eighty-five percent of the state’s runoff occurs in the Kimberley, but because it occurs in violent floods and because of the insurmountable poverty of the generally shallow soils, the only development has taken place along the Ord River. The highest observed maximum temperature of 50.5 °C (122.9 °F) was recorded at Mardie Station (1998) and the lowest minimum temperature recorded was −7.2 °C (19.0 °F) at Eyre Bird Observatory (2008).The Flora of Western Australia comprises 10,162 published native vascular plant species, along with a further 1,196 species currently recognised but unpublished. They occur within 1,543 genera from 211 families; there are also 1,276 naturalised alien or invasive plant species, more commonly known as weeds.[19][20] In the southwest region are some of the largest numbers of plant species for its area in the world. Specific ecoregions of Western Australia include: the sandstone gorges of The Kimberley on the northern coast and below that areas of dry grassland (Ord Victoria Plain) or semi-desert (Western Australian Mulga shrublands), with Tanami Desert inland from there. Following the coast south there is the Southwest Australia savanna and the Swan Coastal Plain around Perth, and then farther south the Warren on the southwest corner of the coast around the wine-growing area of Margaret River. Going east along the Southern Ocean coast is the Goldfields-Esperance region, including the Esperance grasslands and the Coolgardie grasslands inland around town of Coolgardie.Western Australia covers an area larger than Western Europe. More than 500 bird species have been recorded including 18 endemics and 3 sub species that may be recognised as full species. There are many other near endemics, migratory species and other highly sought-after species. Most birders enter Western Australia by flying to Perth. Perth has a surprising number of good birding sites within the metropolitan area or within a two-hour drive. There are a large number of wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain including Lake Monger, Herdsman Lake, Bayswater Bird Sanctuary, Bibra Lake and Alfred Cove. Most of the southwest endemics can be found at Wungong Gorge and Bungendore State Forest in the Darling Range. Rottnest Island is worth a day trip, and Penguin Island is also worth a visit if you are in the Rockingham area. The best areas for birds are the southwestern corner of the state and the area around Broome and the Kimberley. Broome is outstanding for the waders, summer migrants and mangrove species and Kununurra is outstanding for the finches, parrots, honeyeaters and water birds. Derby is well worth a day visit from Broome, and Wyndham from Kununurra. The Kimberley coast is spectacular with up to an 11 metre tidal range and some isolated rainforest patches. The Kimberley Coastal Camp is an unforgettable place to visit. Most of the Western Australian endemics occur in the southwest. A common itinerary is Perth to Dryandra State Forest, to Stirling Range National Park, to Fitzgerald River National Park, to Cheyne Beach and Waychinicup Nature Reserve near Albany, to Cape Leeuwin at Augusta via Mt Barker, Rocky Gully and Manjimup, to Cape Naturaliste and back to Perth. The Stirling Ranges National Park is another excellent area. The Mandurah and Pinjarra areas are very good especially in summer. Further to the south east there are excellent birding opportunities from Hyden to Norseman, Esperance and the Eyre Bird Observatory. Another common itinerary north of Perth is Perth to Kalbarri National Park, to Monkey Mia at Shark Bay, to Carnarvon, back to Geraldton and across to Cue via Yalgoo and Mt Magnet, and back to Perth via Payne’s Find and Wubin. There are very good birding areas in the Pilbara such as Port Hedland, Millstream Chichester National Park, Karajini National Park and Cape Range near Exmouth.

Top Sites
  • Broome Bird Observatory

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    The Broome Bird Observatory is an excellent place to base yourself to look for the birds in the west Kimberley. The observatory has several half days tours, a longer tour to the lakes and week long "courses" which include the birds of the wider area. Any time of the year is very interesting, but the peak period is probably early October when most of the migrants have arrived, and access to the plains is possible and the lakes should still have water. The observatory has a list of more than 300 species for the Broome area. The shorebirds are the highlights with large flocks even over wintering. Great Knot, Red Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Asian Dowitcher, Eastern Curlew, Whimbrel, Little Curlew (summer), Common Greenshank, Common Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Ruddy Turnstone, Red-necked Stint, Long-toed Stint (summer), Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (summer), Curlew Sandpiper, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Swinhoe's / Pin-tailed Snipe (summer), Greater Sand Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Grey Plover, Pacific Golden Plover, Oriental Plover (summer) and Oriental Pratincole (wet season) are regular, plus there are many vagrants such as Semipalmated Plover, Little Ringer Plover, Ruff, Little Stint. The mangroves have Dusky Gerygone, Mangrove Fantail, Mangrove Golden Whistler, White-breasted Whistler, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Lemon-bellied (Kimberley) Flycatcher, Red-headed Honeyeater. 16 species of raptors regularly occur in the area. Access to Roebuck Plains is restricted to authorised people (which includes the observatory) and you can find Yellow Chat, Horsfield's Bushlark, White-winged Triller, Red-backed Fairywren, Brolga, Australian Bustard, buttonquails, Flock Bronzewing, Eastern Grass Owl. The observatory grounds have Great Bowerbird, Grey-crowned Babbler, White-throated Gerygone, Olive-backed Oriole, Rufous-throated Honeyeater, Paperbark Flycatcher, Brush Cuckoo, Little Bronze Cuckoo, Double-barred Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Purple-backed Fairywren. In Broome you can visit Streeters Jetty (mangroves), town ovals, sewage ponds and the port. Further out you can visit Coconut Wells, Barred Creek, Roebuck Plains (from the highway) and further along the highway towards Willare Bridge. Wet season migrants include Barn Swallow, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Dollarbird, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Pacific Swift. At most times of the year you should be able to get a bird list of 120 to 160 species in less than a week.
  • Cheyne Beach / Waychinicup

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    Based at the Cheynes Beach Caravan Park you can see many of the south west endemics. Noisy Scrub-bird, Western Bristlebird, Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, Gilbert's Honeyeater, White-breasted Robin, Red-eared Firetail, Red-winged Fairywren, Red-capped Parrot, Western Rosella, Carnaby's Black Cockatoo and Baudin's Black Cockatoo although some are not present throughout the year. You can also see Western Whipbird (nominate nigrogularis), Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, White-cheeked Honeyeater, Western Whistler, Brown Quail, Brush Bronzewing, Pacific Gull, Eastern Osprey, Tawny Frogmouth, Southern Boobook, Spotted Nightjar, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Splendid Fairywren, Southern Emuwren, White-browed Scrubwren and Rock Parrot. There are also good chances for some mammals and reptiles, and some wonderful flora.
  • Dryandra State Forest

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    You can stay in the Lions Dryandra Forest Village, or thirty minutes away in Narrogin. This is worth a full day. Not so many of the south west endemics but many of the near endemics. Try the north end of Marri Road, the Ochre Trail, Koomal Road, Congelin Campground and generally anywhere along the roads wherever you locate birds. You can get five species of robins. Scarlet, Red-capped, Hooded, Western Yellow and Jacky Winter. Crested Shriketit is hard to locate but is reasonably common. Rufous Treecreeper is common. With patience and a little luck you can find four species of thornbills. Western, Inland, Yellow-rumped and Chestnut-rumped plus Weebill. Honeyeaters are spread around but you can find Yellow-plumed, Brown, Singing, New Holland, White-cheeked, Brown-headed, White-eared, Gilbert's, Tawny-crowned. Parrots include Australian Ringneck, Red-capped, Elegant, Regent plus Western Rosella and Purple-crowned Lorikeet. Other species include Blue-breasted Fairywren, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Brown Goshawk, Bush Stone-curlew, White-browed Babbler, Restless Flycatcher, Painted Buttonquail.
  • Kununurra / Wyndham

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    This area has a lot in common with the northern parts of the Northern Territory. In less than a week you should get a bird list of well over 100 species. Highlights are Yellow-rumped Mannikin, Pictorella Mannikin, Gouldian Finch, Star Finch, Australian Bustard, Brolga, White-quilled Rock Pigeon, Sandstone Shrikethrush, Northern Fantail, White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Black-chinned (Golden-backed) Honeyeater, Banded Honeyeater, White-gaped Honeyeater, Green Oriole, Buff-sided Robin, Shining Flycatcher, Black Bittern, Black-backed Bittern, White-browed Crake, Green Pygmy Goose, Magpie Goose, Radjah Shelduck, Barking Owl, Red-winged Parrot, Northern Rosella, Varied Lorikeet, mangrove species at Wyndham, Red-browed Pardalote.
  • Mt Magnet

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    Mt Magnet is a base from where you can explore from Payne's Find, Sandstone, Yalgoo and Cue. Most of this area is mulga, but there are patches of other vegetation. The highlights through this area include Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Slaty-backed Thornbill, Southern Whiteface, Banded Whiteface, Redthroat, Black-eared Cuckoo, Western Bowerbird, White-browed Treecreeper, Crested Bellbird, White-browed Babbler, Grey-crowned Babbler, Chiming Wedgebill, White-winged Fairywren, Striated (Sandhill) Grasswren, Mulga Parrot, Bourke's Parrot, Little Buttonquail, Black-tailed Nativehen, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, White-fronted Honeyeater, Grey Honeyeater, Orange Chat, Crimson Chat, Rufous Fieldwren, Gilbert's Whistler, Western Quailthrush, Red-backed Kingfisher, Little Woodswallow. Nomadic species in good seasons include Black Honeyeater, Pied Honeyeater, Masked Woodswallow, White-backed Swallow, Budgerigar, Cockatiel. You need three or four days to cover this area.
Number of Species
  • Number of bird species: 561

    State Bird - Black Swan Cygnus atratus
  • Number of endemics: 28 Endemic Sub-species

    The following sub-species are endemic to Western Australia:
    Cape Barren Goose Cereopsis novaehollandiae grisea, Musk Duck Biziura lobata lobata, Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis tunneyi, Australasian Swamphen Porphyrio melanotus bellus, Brush Bronzewing Phaps elegant occidentalis, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii naso, Regent Parrot Polytelis anthopeplus anthopeplus (westralensis), Australian Ringneck Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus, Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans carteri, Rock Parrot Neophema petrophila petrophila, Splendid Fairy-wren Malurus splendens splendens, Southern Emu-wren Stipiturus malachurus westernensis, New Holland Honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae longirostris, White-cheeked Honeyeater Phylidonyris nigra gouldii*, Yellow-throated Miner Manorina flavigula obscura, Shy Heathwren Hylacola cauta whitlocki, White-browed Scrubwren Sericornis frontalis maculatus, Western Gerygone Gerygone fusca fusca, White-browed Babbler Pomatostomus superciliosus ashbyi, Western Whipbird Psophodes nigrogularis nigrogularis, Copperback Quail-Thrush Cinclosoma clarum fordianum, Crested Shrike-tit Falcunculus frontatus leucogaster*, Australian Magpie Cracticus tibicen dorsalis, Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa preissi, Scarlet Robin Petroica boodang campbelli , Western Yellow Robin Eopsaltria griseogularis griseogularis, Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena carteri, Little Grassbird Megalurus gramineus thomasi,
    Those marked (*) are likely to be split as full species.
  • Number of endemics: 18

    Baudin's Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus baudinii Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus latirostris Western Corella Cacatua pastinator Red-capped Parrot Purpureicephalus spurius Western Rosella Platycercus icterotis Western Ground Parrot Pezoporus flaviventris Noisy Scrub-bird Atrichornis clamosus Red-winged Fairywren Malurus elegans Black Grasswren Amytornis housei Western Spinebill Acanthorhynchus superciliosus Kimberley Honeyeater Meliphaga fordiana Western Wattlebird Anthochaera lunulata Gilbert's (Swan River) Honeyeater Melithreptus chloropsis Western Bristlebird Dasyornis longirostris Western Thornbill Acanthiza inornata Dusky Gerygone Gerygone tenebrosa White-breasted Robin Eopsaltria georgiana Red-eared Firetail Stagonopleura oculata

  • iGoTerra Checklist for Ashmore Reef and Cartier Islands

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    Fatbirder Associate iGoTerra offers the most comprehensive and up to date birds lists on the web
Useful Reading

  • Birding Sites Around Perth

    | By R Van Delft | University of Western Australia Press | 1997 | Paperback | 155 pages, Col photos, maps | ISBN: 9781876268039 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Birds of Western Australia: Field Guide

    | By Simon J Neville | Simon Nevill Publications | 2013 | Paperback | 431 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps | ISBN: 9780958536721 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Birds of the Eucla Division of Western Australia

    | By GM Storr | Western Australian Museum | 1987 | Paperback | 78 pages, illustrations | #63912 | ISBN: Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Birds of the South-Eastern Interior of Western Australia

    | By G M Storr | Western Australian Museum | 1986 | Paperback | 60 pages, 1 map | #2047 | ISBN: Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Handbook to the Birds of Western Australia, Volume 1: Non-Passerines: Emu to Dollarbird

    | By Ron Johnstone and G M Storr | Western Australian Museum | 1998 | Hardback | 436 pages, colour plates, illustrations, tables | ISBN: 9780730712084 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Handbook to the Birds of Western Australia, Volume 2: Passerines (Blue-Winged Pitta to Goldfinch)

    | By R E Johnstone & G M Storr | Western Australian Museum | 2015 | 529 pages, Colour plates, b/w line illustrations | ISBN: 9781925040203 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Pocket Field Guide to Birdlife of Western Australia

    | By Michael Morcombe | Steve Parish Publishing | 2017 | Paperback | colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps, colour maps | ISBN: 9781925243314 Buy this book from NHBS.com
Useful Information
  • Motto

    Western Australia's state motto is Cygnis Insignis, which translates as distinguished by its swans
  • Broome Bird Observatory

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    Established in 1988 by the RAOU (Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union), now BirdLife Australia, as a research and education facility, our principle aim is to work for the conservation of the migratory shorebirds which visit Roebuck Bay. The observatory is located on the north-west coast of Australia on the shores of Roebuck Bay: Just 25 kilometres east of the town of Broome and some 2,400 road kilometres north of Perth. We are currently open for accommodation, camping and tours.
  • Eyre Bird Observatory

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    Also see the Facebook Page In 1977 BirdLife Australia established the Eyre Bird Observatory, a remote research station, to collect information about birds and wildlife. The Observatory gets its name from explorer John Eyre, who passed through the area on his east-west journey of 1841, and it is the most isolated research facility in Australia. Cocklebiddy Roadhouse, 50 km northwest on the Eyre Highway, is our nearest neighbour. As well as being open to guests and visitors, Eyre is a functioning bird observatory and weather station. The observatory hosts courses year round on a variety of topics.
Museums & Universities
  • Macquarie University

    Macquarie is at the forefront of Earth and environmental science study, both in Australia and internationally. Our degrees give you the skills to make practical, positive change in areas like conservation, resource management, sustainability, development and planning.…
  • Nature Conservation

    Nature Conservation was established in 2002 and is one of six natural resource management groups operating in the south west of Western Australia. Originally known as the Cape to Cape Catchments Group, its activities evolved over time from a specific focus on the health of rivers and creeks to encompass the protection of all biodiversity values in the Margaret River region.
  • BirdLife Western Australia

    BirdLife Western Australia covers the entire state of Western Australia, as well as Cocos (Keeling) Island, Christmas Island and Ashmore Reef. There are nine country branches in Western Australia. The branches report to the main BirdLife Western Australia branch.
  • BirdLife Western Australia

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    With several local branches across the state, we’re an active and diverse group, driven by a flock of very passionate volunteers. We take an active, science-based approach to conservation issues facing our native birds. We welcome everyone, regardless of background and experience. If you like birds, we like you.

Abbreviations Key

  • NCA Dryandra Woodland

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    Less than two hours from Perth, Dryandra Woodland is one of the prime places in the South-West for viewing native wildlife.
  • NP Fitzgerald River

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    Fitzgerald River National Park is one the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia. Within the park are found nearly 20 per cent of Western Australia’s flora species, many of which occur only within its boundaries.
  • NP Kalbarri

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    Kalbarri National Park surrounds the lower reaches of the Murchison River, which has cut a magnificent 80 kilometre gorge through the red and white banded sandstone to create formations such as Nature’s Window and The Loop, Z-Bend and Hawks Head, with scenic gorge views at the Ross Graham Lookout and views of the town and river mouth at Meanarra Hill.
  • NP Stirling Range

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    The brooding beauty of the mountain landscape, its stunning and diverse wildflowers and the challenge of climbing Bluff Knoll have long drawn bushwalkers and climbers to the Stirling Range National Park.
  • NP Waychinicup Nature Reserve

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    Waychinicup National Park extends from Normans Beach and the Waychinicup River mouth to Cheynes Beach, not far from Albany. It has a scenic inlet, unusual granite rock formations and views both inland and along the coast.
  • NRs Lake McLarty

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    Lake McLarty lies to the east of Harvey Estuary and is the most important migratory shorebird site in the southern half of Western Australia. The lake is the principal freshwater lake of the Peel Yalgorup Wetland complex which is listed under the International Ramsar Convention, and it regularly attracts over 30,000 waterbirds each summer. Key Species include Freckled Duck (small chance), Northern Shoveler (long shot), Chestnut Teal (good chance), Australasian Bittern (long shot), Glossy Ibis (good chance), White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Spotless Crake (chance), Black-tailed Godwit (good chance), Wood Sandpiper (good chance), Asian Dowitcher (long shot), Little Stint (chance), Long-toed Stint (good chance), Pectoral Sandpiper (good chance), Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Ruff (good chance), Banded Stilt (good chance), Red-necked Avocet, Little Ringed Plover (long shot), Red-kneed Dotterel, Whiskered Tern (good chance), White-winged Black Tern (chance), Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (introduced - good chance), Regent Parrot (good chance), Elegant Parrot (chance), Yellow-throated Miner, White-fronted Chat, White-winged Triller (good chance), Yellow Wagtail (long shot), Rufous Songlark (chance), Brown Songlark…
  • National Parks

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    But how do you decide where to go first in a State that covers a third of Australia? Most of WA`s spectacular natural features are managed by the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM); and we`ve used our local knowledge to put together information on national parks, marine parks, reserves and State forests to help you plan your trip.
  • Protected Areas of Western Australia

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    Western Australia contains no fewer than 1224 separate Protected Areas with a total area of 65,870 square miles, over 6% of the state’s area. Ninety-eight of these are National Parks, totalling nearly 22,000 square miles.
Forums & Mailing Lists
  • Birdline Western Australia

    Sightings & News
    Birdline Western Australia is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage. Birdline Western Australia is supported by Birdlife Australia.
  • Western Australia Unusual Bird Sightings

    The more unusual or rare sightings are highlighted in red and may be included in the WA Bird Notes Issue 166 (June 2018). These sightings may require some notes and/or photographs supporting the sightings to be published in WABN. Records highlighted in bold red are the most unusual sightings.
  • eBird Australia

    Sightings & News
    Sightings & reports
Guides & Tour Operators
  • Australia-Naturally Travel

    Tour Operator
    Full Day Perth & Environs Birdwatching & Wildlife Tour - This full day private tour is designed to see a range of habitats in the Perth area, including urban wetlands, jarrah forest and woodlands, the coast and the Swan River. We expect to see 80-110 species depending on the season and the weather.
  • Bellbird Birding Tours

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    Perth Area Guided Birding - In the far south-west of Australia lies one of the world’s most isolated cities: Perth. To its north are inhospitable outback deserts. To its south is one of Australia’s best birding locations, where a great number of species occur that cannot be found elsewhere in the country, including 15 endemics.
  • Birding South West

    Tour Operator
    Welcome to Peter Taylor's Birding South West - Customised birdwatching tours designed and conducted primarily in the South West region of Western Australia but also in other parts of Australia by request.
  • Coates Wildlife Tours

    Tour Operator
    Since 1980, when naturalist, Kevin Coate founded Coates Wildlife Tours and pioneered the inception of nature -based tours in Western Australia, Coates Wildlife Tours have offered tours that let you experience nature in small groups and allow plenty of time and flexibility to pursue individual interests. Our relaxed itineraries offer in depth interpretation of the natural world with minimal negative impact on the environment.
  • John Young Birding Tours

    Tour Operator
    The John Young Wildlife series of birding tours are designed with the most avid birdwatchers & adventure travellers in mind, yet our itineraries also cater for those who just wish to enjoy Australia's finest scenery and authentic wilderness experiences.
  • Lake Argyle Cruises

    Boat Trips
  • Perth Bird Tours

    Tour Operator
    Perth Bird Tours is a locally run eco-tour company created by Stuart Andrews, and specialising in bird watching tours around Perth, Western Australia. We provide a guided, bird watching day for a small group of individuals wishing to see the bird life of the Perth region of Western Australia.
  • Perth Birds and Bush

    Tour Operator
    Perth Birds and Bush specialize in 4 to 8 hour private tours from the Perth metropolitan area. Tours provided include bird watching tours, wildflower tours and nature tours. All tours combine some time in the vehicle going from place to place and some time being guided in the bush, a wetland or other sites. Tours are conducted in an air conditioned four wheel drive vehicle.
  • Perth Pelagics

    Boat Trips
    I used to organise the pelagic boat trips from Hillarys Boat Harbour in Perth between June and August to look for seabirds. These trips are now organised by Alan Collins alaninoz@iinet.net.au.
  • Sicklebill Safaris

    Tour Operator
    Sicklebill Safaris offers a number of birding and wildlife watching itineraries which visit Western Australia. They include the Southwest corner from Perth to Albany, the Stirling Ranges and Cheynes Beach plus the areas around both Broome and Kununurra. We offer both scheduled departures and the opportunity for you to customise your own itineraries with our experienced guides. Alternatively let us help you develop self – drive itineraries which incorporate the best birding locations.
Trip Reports

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  • 2012 [08 August] - Bruce Wedderburn - Gibb River Road

    …we found some good birds including Black-breasted Buzzard, Mangrove Golden Whistler, Red-headed Myzomela, Square-tailed Kite, Brolga, Asian Dowitcher and Broad-billed Sandpiper…
  • 2012 [08 August] - Julian Bell - Natural Born Birder

    White-tailed Tropicbird - understandably the birding highlight of the trip…
  • 2012 [11 November] - Philip Maher

    …Other refugees from the inland included black-tailed native-hen and spotted crake. These lakes are also good for blue-billed, musk and pink-eared ducks and great crested grebes…
  • 2012 [11 November] - Philip Maher - Beechworth - Hattah/Kulkyne NP

    …There were quite a few king parrots about and plenty of immature satin bowerbirds. Gang-gang cockatoos, however, were much scarcer than on prior visits, with us seeing only one bird briefly. Eastern spinebills and yellow-faced honeyeaters were about the town. Jack is pursuing world families so we headed to Mt Pilot to get him a quail-thrush. Conditions looked good as we drove into the ranges. We were soon stopping for birds that included yellow-tufted, fuscous, black-chinned and brown-headed honeyeaters as well as restless and leaden flycatchers, olive-backed orioles with a nest, and a bevy of other species…
  • 2013 [01 January] - Brendan Threlfall

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    …Highlights were Hoode d Plover bree ding on the beach from the Thomas River mouth; Black -faced Cormorant offshore and on the Thomas River itself; and a Southern Emu Wren near the fee station for the Thomas River part of the park. Brown Falcon, Brush Bronzewing, Red-capped Parrot also recorded. We also had a memorable encounter with a Western Tiger Snake!…
  • 2014 [05 May] - Colin Reid - South-west Western Australia

    ...We walked down the track towards the dam seeing several species as we went – White-browed Scrub-wren, Golden and Rufous Whistlers, Grey Shrike Thrush, Grey Fantail, Weebills were common along with White-cheeked and New Holland Honeyeaters in the low scrub bordering the track at the start. Once among the trees we found a pair of Western Spinebills that showed well and our second lifer....
  • 2015 [06 June] - David & Vicki Bryant - The Kimberley

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    The Kimberley lies in the extreme north of Western Australia between Broome-Derby and Kununurra. It is within the Tropics and experiences two main seasons, a wet and a dry; each lasting six months. It is during the dry that most visitors arrive because the weather is good and the unsealed roads are usually open.
  • 2015 [11 November] - Chris Lotz

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    ...Bill then started scouting King’s Park & Botanic Garden, finding Red Wattlebird to be one of the most common and conspicuous species, especially around theflowering Banksia. Chris arrived at the airport around lunch time, picked up the rental car anddrove through the rather smart-looking city of Perth, and eventually arrived at the hotel, veryquickly checked in, and immediately dragged Bill back out birding...
  • 2016 [12 december] - Raoul Beunen & Marije Louwsma

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    Birdlist and logistics etc.
  • 2017 [11 November] - Chris Lotz

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    The geographic isolation and diverse habitats present in the southwest of the state of Western Australia results in a number of endemic species and subspecies. This short tour focused on finding as many of these endemics as possible and was successful in getting great views of many birds and other interesting plants and wildlife, set in some stunning scenery.
  • 2017 [12 December] - Mans Grundsten

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    In two weeks there is plenty of time seeing all south-western endemics and specialities. Most of the endemics and targets are widely distributed and shouldn't be a problem.
  • 2019 [12 December] - Andy Walker - Southwest

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    A total of 164 bird species were seen (plus one species heard only), including many Australian endemics and numerous very localized southwest Australian endemics.
  • Tim Dolby's Trip Reports

Places to Stay

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  • Red Moon Sanctuary

    Red Moon Sanctuary produces small-scale organic beef, honey and heirloom vegetables for sale, and has a 50 hectare on-farm fauna and flora conservation reserve bursting with wildflowers, including the Hammer Orchid made famous on Attenborough. Biodiversity is further encouraged by an ongoing programme of planting shelter belts and fodder hedges that function as wildlife habitat, as well as benefiting livestock. Over 4,000 native tree and understorey seedlings have so far been planted, with wonderful results
  • Tweed Valley Lodge

    Birdwatching at Tweed Valley Lodge - More than 80 bird species including parrots, wrens, honey-eaters, finches, whistlers, pigeons, raptors and numerous water birds, reside in the Blackwood River Valley for all or part of each year.
Other Links
  • Birds Australia Western Australia - Special Interest Groups

    A vital part of maintaining global biodiversity is conservation of wild birds and natural habitats. This requires a thorough understanding of birds through studying their biology and ecosystems they inhabit, monitoring their conservation status, and education of the community
  • Frank O'Connors Birding Western Australia

    The information is set out in the birding sites that I have visited, plus a brief description of where to find each species. I have not updated many of the sites for a while, but I do have extra information.
  • Movements and Genetics of Grey Falcons

    A project by Jonny Schoenjahn - Perth, Western Australia. The Grey Falcon is one of Australia's rarest, and no doubt its least studied, birds of prey. One of the reasons for that deficiency is the remoteness of the Grey Falcon's preferred habitat together with the species' scarcity, making data collection slow and tedious
  • Pinjarra & Lake McLarty Nature Reserve Birding Sites

    Lake McLarty is about 21.5km from the traffic lights at the intersection of South West Highway and Pinjarra Road. Continue south along South West Highway for 5.5km and turn right at Old Bunbury Road
  • Leeuwin Current Birding

    A Western Australian birding blog
Photographers & Artists
  • Photographer - Georgina Steytler - Wild & Endangered

    I am a writer, conservationist, wildlife carer and nature photographer. I live in Toodyay, Western Australia.
  • Photographer - Marcel de Jong

    Ospreys of Cottesloe, Western Australia

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