Australian Birds

This page is simply a list of the birds that I've positively identified since moving to Australia (sixteen years ago now!). It also links to photos I've taken of birds, so it might be useful to anyone interested in Australian birds or who may visit me and wants an idea of what birds they would be likely to see and easily identify.

None of the birds are listed more than once, so birds listed under 'elsewhere in Australia' are only those that I haven't seen around Adelaide. Where I have a record, or vague memory, I've included the first (though often not only) place I saw a species as well. An * indicates that the species is introduced to Australia, and a ^ indicates that the species is native to Australia but introduced to the region where I saw it.

Where I have taken photos of the bird you can access one by clicking on the common name. They may not appear on a mobile browser, but should be fine if you set your browser to 'Desktop View' or simialr. Of course you can actually use a PC/laptop! You can also view a full gallery of my bird photos here, which includes some not acessible below and should be fine on any browser, mobile or otherwise. I don't go out specifically to photograph birds and have never 'set up' anywhere to do so. As a result the standard of the images varies somewhat as it is all shooting from the hip.


Birds seen in or from our garden
Common Name Latin Name First Seen
Adelaide Rosella Platycercus elegans adelaidae Adelaide, SA
Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen Canberra, ACT
Common Blackbird* Turdus merula  
Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes Canberra, ACT
Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris Canberra, ACT
Galah Cacatua roseicapilla Canberra, ACT
Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae Canberra, ACT
Little Raven Corvus mellori Adelaide, SA
Magpie-Lark Grallina cyanoleuca Canberra, ACT
New Holland Honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae Canberra, ACT
Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala  
Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus Alice Springs, NT
Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata Canberra, ACT
Silvereye Zosterops lateralis Canberra, ACT
Southern Boobook    
Striated Pardalote Pardalotus punctatus  
Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo Cacatua galeritta Canberra, ACT
Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides Canberra, ACT
Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena Canberra, ACT
Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys Canberra, ACT
Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus Bungendore, NSW

Birds seen in the Adelaide region
Common Name Latin Name First Seen
Apostlebird Struthidea cinerea Mildura, VIC
Australasian Gannet Morus serrator  
Australasian Spotted Crake Porzana fluminea Goolwa, SA
Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus  
Australian Raven Corvus coronoides Canberra, ACT
Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides Mount Lofty, SA
Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca  
Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata Canberra, ACT
Black Kite Milvus migrans Alice Springs, NT
Black Swan Cygnus atratus Canberra, ACT
Black-Faced Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscescens Kangaroo Island, SA
Black-Faced Cuckoo-Shrike Coracina novaehollandiae Canberra, ACT
Black-Shouldered Kite Elanus axillaris Canberra, ACT
Black-Winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus  
Brown Falcon Falco berigora Alice Springs, NT
Brown Quail    
Brown Songlark Cinclorhamphus cruralis Hindmarsh Island, SA
Cape Barren Goose Cereopsis novaehollandiae  
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia  
Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera Mildura, VIC
Common Starling* Sturnus vulgaris  
Crescent Honeyeater Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera Scott Creek, SA
Crested Tern Sterna bergii  
Darter Anhinga melanogaster  
Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa Canberra, ACT
Dusky Woodswallow Artamus cyanopterus Canberra, ACT
Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius Canberra, ACT
Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans Cox Scrub, SA
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra  
European Goldfinch* Carduelis carduelis  
Fairy Tern Sterna nereis Goolwa, SA
Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis Canberra, ACT
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo  
Great Egret Ardea alba  
Grey Currawong Strepera versicolor Adelaide, SA
Grey Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa  
Grey Shrike-Thrush Colluricincla harmonica  
Grey Teal Anas gracilis Tidbinbilla, ACT
Gull-Billed Tern Sterna nilotica  
Hardhead Aythya australis  
Hooded Plover Thinornis rubricollis Kangaroo Island, SA
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo Chrysococcyx basalis  
House Sparrow* Passer domesticus  
Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris  
Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea  
Little Penguin Eudyptula minor Kangaroo Island, SA
Little Pied Cormorant Phalocrocorax melanoleucos  
Little Wattlebird Anthochaera lunulata Goolwa, SA
Long-Billed Corella    
Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles Canberra, ACT
Mistletoe Bird Dicaeum hirundinaceum Scott Creek, SA
Musk Lorikeet Glossopsitta concinna Adelaide, SA
Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroides Canberra, ACT
Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa Canberra, ACT
Pacific Gull Larus pacificus Kangaroo Island, SA
Pacific Reef Heron    
Pale-Headed Rosella    
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus Kangaroo Island, SA
Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax varius  
Pied Oystercatcher Haematopus longirostris Bateman's Bay, NSW
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio Canberra, ACT
Red-Backed Kingfisher    
Red-Browed Finch Neochmia temporalis  
Red-=collared Lorrikeet    
Red-Rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus Canberra, ACT
Rock Parrot Neophema petrophila Goolwa, SA
Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia Kangaroo Island, SA
Sanderling Calidris alba Kangaroo Island, SA
Scarlet Robin Petroica multicolor  
Silver Gull Larus novaehollandiae Canberra, ACT
Singing Honeyeater Lichenostomus virescens Midura, VIC
Sooty Oystercatcher Haematopus fuliginosus  
Spotted Harrier Circus assimilis Sedan, SA
Spotted Pardalote Pardalotus punctatus Cox Scrub, SA
Spotted Turtle-Dove* Streptopelia chinensis Adelaide, SA
Straw-Necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis  
Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus Cox Scrub, SA
Striated Thornbill Acanthiza lineata Scott Creek, SA
Superb Fairy-Wren Malurus cyaneus Alice Springs, NT
Swamp Harrier Circus approximans Hindmarsh Island, SA
Tree Martin Hirundo nigricans  
Wedge-Tailed Eagle Aquila audax Canberra, ACT
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus Hindmarsh Island, SA
Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus Mildura, VIC
White-Bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster Noosa, QLD
White-Faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae  
White-Fronted Chat Epthianura albifrons Hindmarsh Island, SA
White-Throated Treecreeper Cormobates leucophaeus  
White-Winged Chough Corcorax melanorhamphos Canberra, ACT
Yellow-Faced Honeyeater Lichenostomus chrysops Scott Creek, SA
Yellow-Nosed Albatross Diomeda chlororynchos Nr Kangaroo Island, SA
Yellow-Rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa Canberra, ACT

Birds seen elsewhere in Australia
Common Name Latin Name First Seen
Australian Brush Turkey Alectura lathami Lammington NP, QLD
Australian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae Warrawong, SA
Australian Hobby Falco longipennis Mildura, VIC
Australian King-Parrot Alisterus scapularis Canberra, ACT
Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides Tidbinbilla, ACT
Bassian Thrush    
Black Currawong    
Black-Fronted Dotterel Elseyornis melanops Mildura, VIC
Blue Bonnet Northiella haematogaster Mildura, VIC
Blue-Billed Duck Oxyura australis Tidbinbilla, ACT
Blue-Faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis Mildura, VIC
Black-Faced Woodswallow    
Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus Noosa, QLD
Brown Quail Coturnix ypsilophora Mildura, VIC
Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla Flinders Ranges, SA
Brown Treecreeper Climatcteris picumnus Mildura, VIC
Chestnut Teal Anas castanea Tidbinbilla, ACT
Clamorous Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus Renmark, SA
Common Myna* Acridotheres tristis Canberra, ACT
Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans Canberra, ACT
Diamond Dove    
Eastern Ringneck Barnardius barnardi Hattah, VIC
Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis Canberra, ACT
Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae  
Figbird Sphecotheres viridis  
Flame Robin Petroica phoenicea Adelaide Hills
Forest Raven    
Gang-Gang Cockatoo Callocephalon fimbriatum Brindabella Mtns, ACT
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus Mildura, VIC
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus  
Green Catbird Ailuroedus crassirostris Lamington NP, QLD
Green Rosella    
Grey Butcherbird Cracticus torquartus Fliders Ranges, SA
Grey-Crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis Alice Springs, NT
Grey-Headed Honeyeater Lichenostomus keartlandi  
Ground Thrush Zoothera lunulata Brindabella Mtns, ACT
Hooded Robin Melanodryas cucullata  
Laughing Turtle-Dove* Streptopelia senegalensis  
Little Egret Egretta garzetta  
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo    
Musk Duck Biziura lobata  
Magpie Goose^ Anseranas semipalmata  
Noisy Friarbird Philemon corniculatus Canberra, ACT
Pied Currawong Strepera graculina Canberra, ACT
Paradise Riflebird Ptiloris paradiseus Lamington NP, QLD
Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis  
Pink Robin    
Pink-Eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus  
Rainbow Bee-Eater Merops ornatus Alice Springs, NT
Red-Capped Parrot Purpureicephalus spurius  
Red-Capped Robin Petroica goodenovii Waikerie, SA
Richard's Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae  
Rufous Fantail Rhipidura rufifrons  
Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus Mildura, VIC
Spiny-Cheeked Honeyeater Acanthagenys rufogularis  
Spinifex Pigeon Geophaps plumifera Kata Tjuka, NT
Splendid Fairy-Wren Malurus splendens Alice Springs, NT
Superb Parrot Polytelis swainsonii Mount Rogers, ACT
Variagated Fairy-Wren Malurus lamberti Mildura, VIC
Western Bowerbird Chlamydera guttata Ormiston Gorge, NT
Western Corella Cacatua pastinator Perth, WA
Western Ringneck Barnardius zonarius Alice Springs, NT
White-Browed Scrubwren Sericornis frontalis  
White-Headed Stilt    
White-Naped Honeyeater Melithreptus lunatus  
White-Necked Heron Ardea pacifica  
White-Breasted Woodswallow Artamus leucorynchus  
White-Plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus  
Yellow Rosella Platycercus elegans flaveolas Merbein, VIC
Yellow Wattlebird    
Yellow-Billed Spoonbill Platelea flavipes  
Yellow-Plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus ornatus  
Yellow-Throated Miner Manorina flavigula  
Zebra Finch Taeniopygia guttata Alice Springs, NT


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