Bird Info

ALL CANBERRA'S BIRDS – PHOTOS, CALLS, LOCAL STATUS and POPULATION DATA

 

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Common Name Scientific Name Family Group Status in ACT More Info…
Apostlebird Struthidea cinerea Bowerbird, Ravens, Chough and Apostlebird Rare vagrant in the ACT. Rare vagrant in the ACT.
Australasian Bittern Botaurus poiciloptilus Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks
Australasian Darter Anhinga novaehollandiae Grebes, Darter and Cormorants Breeding resident species in... Breeding resident species in varying numbers.
Australasian Figbird Sphecotheres vieilloti Cuckoo-shrikes, Figbird and Oriole Very rare vagrant. First ACT record... Very rare vagrant. First ACT record Dec. 2009, from Curtin. (Awaiting publication).
Australasian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae Grebes, Darter and Cormorants Common breeding resident. Common breeding resident.
Australasian Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae Larks and Pipit Common breeding resident. Some... Common breeding resident. Some altitudinal migration.
Australasian Shoveler Anas rhynchotis Swan and Ducks Fairly common breeding visitor Fairly common breeding visitor
Australian Bustard Ardeotis australis Brolga and Bustard Extinct in the ACT and no longer... Extinct in the ACT and no longer occurs nearby.
Australian Hobby Falco longipennis Raptors Uncommon migrant. Many birds leave... Uncommon migrant. Many birds leave the ACT after breeding.
Australian King-Parrot Alisterus scapularis Parrots Common breeding resident, but... Common breeding resident, but mostly an altitudinal migrant. Many cool weather records from the older urban areas, chiefly south of Lake Burley Griffin.
Australian Little Bittern Ixobrychus dubius Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks Rare breeding migrant. Rare breeding migrant.
Australian Magpie Cracticus tibicen Woodswallows, Butcherbirds, Currawongs and Magpie Common breeding resident over much... Common breeding resident over much of the ACT except the wet forest. Includes all developed areas where trees occur.
Australian Owlet-nightjar Aegotheles cristatus Nocturnal Birds Uncommon breeding resident, widely... Uncommon breeding resident, widely but sparsely distributed in all wooded areas.
Australian Painted Snipe Rostratula australis Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding summer visitor. Rare non-breeding summer visitor.
Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks Visitor, common in suitable... Visitor, common in suitable locations.
Australian Raven Corvus coronoides Bowerbird, Ravens, Chough and Apostlebird Common breeding except in the... Common breeding except in the wetter forests of the ranges.
Australian Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus australis Old World Warblers Common breeding summer migrant in... Common breeding summer migrant in suitable habitat on the tablelands. Odd birds remain over winter.
Australian Shelduck Tadorna tardornoides Swan and Ducks Breeding resident in small numbers. Breeding resident in small numbers.
Australian Spotted Crake Porzana fluminea Rails Rare breeding species recorded... Rare breeding species recorded mostly in warmer weather, but possibly a resident.
Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks Common breeding visitor in varying... Common breeding visitor in varying numbers.
Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata Swan and Ducks Common breeding resident which has... Common breeding resident which has benefited from the construction of farm dams and lakes.
Azure Kingfisher Ceyx azureus Kookaburra, Kingfishers, Bee-eater and Dollarbird Rare non-breeding migrant. Rare non-breeding migrant.
Baillon’s Crake Porzana pusilla Rails Rare, warm weather visitor. Rare, warm weather visitor.
Banded Lapwing Vanellus tricolor Various Water Birds There have been no recent... There have been no recent sightings. The species is presumed to be extinct in the ACT.
Bar-shouldered Dove Geopelia humeralis Pigeons and Doves Rare non-breeding visitor. Rare non-breeding visitor.
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding migrant. Rare non-breeding migrant.
Barking Owl Ninox connivens Nocturnal Birds Rare non-breeding vagrant locally. Rare non-breeding vagrant locally.
Bassian Thrush Zoothera lunulata Thrushes, Starlings and Bulbul Uncommon breeding resident of the... Uncommon breeding resident of the wetter higher forests. Some birds are altitudinal migrants; during the winter these can be found in scrub thickets on the tablelands.
Bell Miner Manorina melanophrys Honeyeaters Rare vagrant. Rare vagrant.
Black Falcon Falco subniger Raptors Rare non-breeding visitor in small... Rare non-breeding visitor in small numbers.
Black Honeyeater Sugomel niger Honeyeaters Rare vagrant. Rare vagrant.
Black Kite Milvus migrans Raptors Rare non-breeding vagrant. Rare non-breeding vagrant.
Black Swan Cygnus atratus Swan and Ducks Common breeding resident where... Common breeding resident where there is suitable habitat.
Black-chinned Honeyeater Melithreptus gularis Honeyeaters Very rare vagrant; first endorsed... Very rare vagrant; first endorsed records Jun 2007.
Black-eared Cuckoo Chalites osculans Cuckoos Rare non-breeding vagrant. Rare non-breeding vagrant.
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Coracina novaehollandiae Cuckoo-shrikes, Figbird and Oriole Common breeding species. A large... Common breeding species. A large proportion of the population is migratory.
Black-faced Monarch Monarcha melanopsis Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Rare visitor. One possible breeding... Rare visitor. One possible breeding record.
Black-fronted Dotterel Elseyornis melanops Various Water Birds Uncommon breeding resident in... Uncommon breeding resident in suitable habitat.
Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks Rare vagrant. Rare vagrant.
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus axillaris Raptors Uncommon breeding species in... Uncommon breeding species in varying numbers.
Black-tailed Native-hen Tribonyx ventralis Rails Rare non-breeding vagrant. Rare non-breeding vagrant.
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus Various Water Birds Uncommon non-breeding irregular... Uncommon non-breeding irregular visitor.
Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis Swan and Ducks Rare vagrant in the ACT Rare vagrant in the ACT
Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis Honeyeaters Rare vagrant. Rare vagrant.
Blue-winged Parrot Neophema chrysostoma Parrots Rare vagrant in our area. Rare vagrant in our area.
Brolga Grus rubicunda Brolga and Bustard Regarded as extinct in the ACT. Regarded as extinct in the ACT.
Brown Falcon Falco berigora Raptors Resident breeding species in small... Resident breeding species in small numbers with juveniles moving away.
Brown Gerygone Gerygone mouki Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Rare visitor. Breeding, though... Rare visitor. Breeding, though suspected, has not been proved.
Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatus Raptors Breeding migrant in small numbers... Breeding migrant in small numbers with some irregular movement.
Brown Quail Coturnix pypsilophora Quail Rare breeding visitor. Rare breeding visitor.
Brown Songlark Cincloramphus cruralis Old World Warblers Rare breeding migrant in the... Rare breeding migrant in the grasslands of the tablelands.
Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Common breeding bird found at all... Common breeding bird found at all altitudes throughout the year.
Brown Treecreeper Climacteris picumnus Treecreepers Uncommon breeding species in dry... Uncommon breeding species in dry woodlands. On the tablelands it is being pushed further out by development.
Brown-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus breviostris Honeyeaters Uncommon breeding resident, most... Uncommon breeding resident, most often seen at higher altitudes. Occurs in small numbers in suitable habitat throughout the tablelands.
Brush Bronzewing Phaps elegans Pigeons and Doves Rare resident in restricted... Rare resident in restricted habitat; probably breeds here.
Brush Cuckoo Cacomantis variolosus Cuckoos Uncommon breeding migrant in the... Uncommon breeding migrant in the ACT.
Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus Parrots There are valid records of wild... There are valid records of wild birds here, but the Budgerigar is rare in the ACT. Such a nomadic species could occur here again.
Buff-banded Rail Gallirallus philippensis Rails Uncommon breeding summer migrant. Uncommon breeding summer migrant.
Buff-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza reguloides Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Common breeding resident in dry... Common breeding resident in dry areas of the ACT.
Bush Stone-curlew Burhinus grallarius Various Water Birds Probably extinct in the ACT. Probably extinct in the ACT.
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding visitor. All... Rare non-breeding visitor. All records are between June and October.
Cattle Egret Ardea ibis Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks Uncommon non-breeding visitor,... Uncommon non-breeding visitor, sometimes in fairly large flocks.
Channel-billed Cuckoo Scythrops novaehollandiae Cuckoos Rare vagrant in our area, with the... Rare vagrant in our area, with the possibility of one breeding record.
Chestnut Teal Anas castanea Swan and Ducks Uncommon breeding resident. Uncommon breeding resident.
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren Hylacola pyrrhopygia Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Uncommon non-breeding vagrant. Uncommon non-breeding vagrant.
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza uropygialis Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Rare vagrant in our area. Rare vagrant in our area.
Cicadabird Coracina tenuirostris Cuckoo-shrikes, Figbird and Oriole Uncommon migrant, passing through... Uncommon migrant, passing through the urban area and the tablelands en route to the wetter forests of the western ranges.
Cockatiel Nymphicus hollandicus Cockatoos Some local birds are rare vagrants:... Some local birds are rare vagrants: but many are released or escaped cage birds.
Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrocephalus Raptors Uncommon breeding migrant with most... Uncommon breeding migrant with most individuals leaving in winter.
Common Blackbird Turdus merula Thrushes, Starlings and Bulbul Common breeding resident of the... Common breeding resident of the built up area of Canberra, and also along creeks and rivers. Seen only occasionally elsewhere.
Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera Pigeons and Doves Widely distributed uncommon... Widely distributed uncommon breeding species.
Common Greenfinch Chloris chloris Finches Uncommon breeding resident which... Uncommon breeding resident which appears to be confined to the central area of the ACT.
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia Various Water Birds Uncommon non-breeding migrant. Uncommon non-breeding migrant.
Common Myna Sturnus tristis Thrushes, Starlings and Bulbul Common breeding resident of the... Common breeding resident of the populated area. There is a tendency for it to spread to the country.
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding migrant in the... Rare non-breeding migrant in the ACT.
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris Thrushes, Starlings and Bulbul Common breeding resident throughout... Common breeding resident throughout much of the ACT. An introduced species.
Crescent Honeyeater Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus Honeyeaters Uncommon breeding altitudinal... Uncommon breeding altitudinal migrant, possibly with some birds leaving the ACT. Others remain all year throughout much of the area.
Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes Pigeons and Doves Common breeding species well... Common breeding species well distributed about Canberra and its environs.
Crested Shrike-tit Falcunculus frontatus Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Uncommon breeding resident, more... Uncommon breeding resident, more often seen in the ranges, but widely distributed.
Crimson Chat Epthianura tricolor Honeyeaters Awaiting elevation to the ACT list. Awaiting elevation to the ACT list.
Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans Parrots Common breeding resident. Common breeding resident.
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea Various Water Birds Uncommon non-breeding migrant. Uncommon non-breeding migrant.
Diamond Dove Geopelia cuneata Pigeons and Doves It is likely that we have a mixture... It is likely that we have a mixture of released and escaped cage birds, plus occasionally wild birds. Therefore it is regarded as a rare visitor to our area.
Diamond Firetail Stagonopleura guttata Finches Uncommon breeding resident confined... Uncommon breeding resident confined to pockets of suitable habitat on the tablelands.
Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis Kookaburra, Kingfishers, Bee-eater and Dollarbird Widespread in suitable country in... Widespread in suitable country in small numbers. An uncommon breeding migrant.
Double-banded Plover Charadrius bicinctus Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding visitor. Rare non-breeding visitor.
Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii Finches Uncommon breeding resident of... Uncommon breeding resident of grasslands and forests on the tablelands, usually in the vicinity of water.
Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa Rails Common breeding resident where... Common breeding resident where suitable habitat exists, chiefly on the tablelands area.
Dusky Woodswallow Artamus cyanopterus Woodswallows, Butcherbirds, Currawongs and Magpie Common breeding migrant present for... Common breeding migrant present for a long period each year. Stragglers seen occasionally in the cooler months.
Eastern Barn Owl Tyto javanica Nocturnal Birds Rare irruptive non-breeding... Rare irruptive non-breeding visitor.
Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding migrant. Rare non-breeding migrant.
Eastern Great Egret Ardea modesta Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks Non-breeding, rather uncommon... Non-breeding, rather uncommon visitor.
Eastern Koel Eudynamys orientalis Cuckoos Uncommon non-breeding migrant in... Uncommon non-breeding migrant in the ACT. Records have been more frequent since 1986.
Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius Parrots Common breeding resident in all... Common breeding resident in all grassland areas of the ACT.
Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris Honeyeaters Common altitudinal migrant, with... Common altitudinal migrant, with some birds resident in the ranges and on the tablelands.
Eastern Whipbird Psophodes olivaceus Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Uncommon breeding resident in... Uncommon breeding resident in restricted habitat in the western ranges, with occasional birds moving as far as the Murrumbidgee River.
Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis Robins Common breeding resident, mainly... Common breeding resident, mainly sedentary. Some individuals are nomadic, probably early in life.
Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae Emu Uncommon breeding resident in a... Uncommon breeding resident in a very limited area.
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra Rails Common species on suitable water... Common species on suitable water and nearby, breeding here very occasionally.
Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis Larks and Pipit Common breeding resident in... Common breeding resident in suitable grasslands of the tablelands. An introduced species.
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Finches Rare non-breeding visitor. May be... Rare non-breeding visitor. May be under-reported.
European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis Finches Common breeding resident in... Common breeding resident in suitable terrain in the ACT.
Fairy Martin Petrochelidon ariel Swallows and Martins Uncommon breeding migrant in... Uncommon breeding migrant in smaller numbers than its relative. Also has a shorter season here.
Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis Cuckoos Common breeding migrant. Some birds... Common breeding migrant. Some birds occasionally remain over winter.
Flame Robin Petroica phoenicea Robins Common breeding altitudinal... Common breeding altitudinal migrant.
Fork-tailed Swift Apus pacificus Swifts Rare summer migrant in the ACT. Rare summer migrant in the ACT.
Freckled Duck Stictonetta naevosa Swan and Ducks Uncommon irruptive visitor. Uncommon irruptive visitor.
Fuscous Honeyeater Lichenostomus fuscus Honeyeaters Common breeding species. Many of... Common breeding species. Many of the birds are altitudinal migrants.
Galah Eolophus roseicapillus Cockatoos Except in the higher ranges, this... Except in the higher ranges, this is a common breeding species.
Gang-gang Cockatoo Callocephalon fimbriatum Cockatoos Common breeding resident. Many of... Common breeding resident. Many of them are altitudinal migrants.
Glossy Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami Cockatoos Uncommon non-breeding (?) visitor. Uncommon non-breeding (?) visitor.
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks Rare non-breeding visitor. Rare non-breeding visitor.
Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Common breeding resident; most... Common breeding resident; most birds are altitudinal migrants.
Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis Old World Warblers Uncommon breeding resident of long... Uncommon breeding resident of long grasslands.
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Grebes, Darter and Cormorants Common resident, breeding in... Common resident, breeding in suitable habitat.
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus Grebes, Darter and Cormorants Uncommon resident breeding... Uncommon resident breeding infrequently in the ACT.
Grey Butcherbird Cracticus torquatus Woodswallows, Butcherbirds, Currawongs and Magpie Widely distributed in small numbers... Widely distributed in small numbers in the ACT. Uncommon breeding resident.
Grey Currawong Strepera versicolor Woodswallows, Butcherbirds, Currawongs and Magpie Common breeding resident. Never as... Common breeding resident. Never as numerous as the Pied Currawong.
Grey Falcon Falco hypoleucos Raptors Rare vagrant in the ACT. Rare vagrant in the ACT.
Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Common breeding resident. Much of... Common breeding resident. Much of the population of the ranges migrates in winter, together with some from the tablelands.
Grey Goshawk Accipiter novaehollandiae Raptors Rare non-breeding occasional... Rare non-breeding occasional visitor.
Grey Shrike-thrush Colluricincla harmonica Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Common breeding resident throughout... Common breeding resident throughout the ACT, most often seen in the ranges of the south. Often an altitudinal migrant.
Grey Teal Anas gracilis Swan and Ducks Common breeding resident in... Common breeding resident in suitable habitat.
Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Presumed to be extinct in the ACT;... Presumed to be extinct in the ACT; reasons unknown. A recent sighting may result in a change of status.
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding visitor to our... Rare non-breeding visitor to our area.
Hardhead Aythya australis Swan and Ducks Uncommon breeding visitor. Uncommon breeding visitor.
Hoary-headed Grebe Poliocephalus poliocephalus Grebes, Darter and Cormorants Common species, breeding... Common species, breeding infrequently in the ACT.
Hooded Robin Melanodryas cucullata Robins Uncommon breeding species in... Uncommon breeding species in declining numbers. Preservation of suitable habitat is essential for its survival in the ACT.
Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo Chalites basalis Cuckoos Common breeding migrant mainly on... Common breeding migrant mainly on the tablelands. A few birds occur in winters in some years.
Horsfield’s Bushlark Mirafra javanica Larks and Pipit The status of this species is... The status of this species is difficult to assess. It seems to be a rare breeding resident or migrant to the ACT.
House Sparrow Passer domesticus Finches Common breeding resident. Common breeding resident.
Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks Rare non-breeding visitor. Rare non-breeding visitor.
Jacky Winter Microeca fascinans Robins Uncommon breeding resident in a... Uncommon breeding resident in a restricted range. May be declining in numbers.
Latham’s Snipe Gallinago hardwickii Various Water Birds Migrant, and a regular but uncommon... Migrant, and a regular but uncommon non-breeding visitor.
Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae Kookaburra, Kingfishers, Bee-eater and Dollarbird Common breeding resident in the... Common breeding resident in the ACT.
Leaden Flycatcher Myiagra rubecula Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Common breeding migrant, mainly in... Common breeding migrant, mainly in the dry forests of the tablelands.
Letter-winged Kite Elanus scriptus Raptors Does not breed locally and is a... Does not breed locally and is a rare occasional visitor.
Lewin’s Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii Honeyeaters Rare visitor to the ACT, mainly in... Rare visitor to the ACT, mainly in winter.
Lewin’s Rail Lewinia pectoralis Rails Rare, breeding summer visitor. One... Rare, breeding summer visitor. One winter record.
Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris Grebes, Darter and Cormorants Common breeding resident in... Common breeding resident in suitable habitat.
Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea Cockatoos Probably permanently established... Probably permanently established and breeds in the area; an uncommon species. Its origin is uncertain and may have started from escaped cage birds.
Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides Raptors Breeding resident in small numbers... Breeding resident in small numbers in all but the higher, wetter forests.
Little Egret Egretta garzetta Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks Rare non-breeding visitor. Rare non-breeding visitor.
Little Friarbird Philemon citreogularis Honeyeaters In the past this has been referred... In the past this has been referred to as rare, but records in the 1990s have been so numerous that it is regarded as an uncommon breeding migrant.
Little Grassbird Megalurus gramineus Old World Warblers Uncommon breeding resident. If, as... Uncommon breeding resident. If, as suspected, it is not always seen and reported, it may be more numerous locally than is thought.
Little Lorikeet Glossopsitta pusilla Parrots Rare non-breeding visitor to our... Rare non-breeding visitor to our area.
Little Pied Cormorant Microcarbo melanoleucos Grebes, Darter and Cormorants Common resident species with fairly... Common resident species with fairly constant numbers, breeding occasionally.
Little Raven Corvus mellori Bowerbird, Ravens, Chough and Apostlebird Uncommon breeding resident; some... Uncommon breeding resident; some altitudinal migration. Most birds are absent in winter.
Little Wattlebird Anthochaera chrysoptera Honeyeaters Rare vagrant in our area. Rare vagrant in our area.
Long-billed Corella Cacatua tenuirostris Cockatoos The locals birds are mainly... The locals birds are mainly escapees. There is a probability that we have occasionally rare visitors.
Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding vagrant. Rare non-breeding vagrant.
Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Common breeding resident of the... Common breeding resident of the tablelands, including the urban area of Canberra.
Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo Lophochroa leadbeateri Cockatoos As there were a number of reports... As there were a number of reports from Uriarra Crossing and around Canberra between 1960 and 1966, and only one since, it seems likely that this species is a rare vagrant in the area.
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding migrant in our... Rare non-breeding migrant in our area.
Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles Various Water Birds Common breeding resident in all... Common breeding resident in all suitable grasslands, including urban sporting fields.
Masked Owl Tyto novaehollandiae Nocturnal Birds Rare non-breeding vagrant in the... Rare non-breeding vagrant in the ACT.
Masked Woodswallow Artamus personatus Woodswallows, Butcherbirds, Currawongs and Magpie Rare non-breeding migrant to the... Rare non-breeding migrant to the ACT.
Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum Mistletoebird Uncommon breeding migrant seen... Uncommon breeding migrant seen mostly on the tablelands.
Musk Duck Biziura lobata Swan and Ducks Uncommon breeding resident. Uncommon breeding resident.
Musk Lorikeet Glossopsitta concinna Parrots Rare visitor. Rare visitor.
Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroides Raptors Fairly common resident breeding... Fairly common resident breeding species, probably with some migration.
Nankeen Night-Heron Nycticorax caledonicus Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks Uncommon non-breeding visitor,... Uncommon non-breeding visitor, usually in small numbers but occasionally in flocks of 20 or more.
New Holland Honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae Honeyeaters Uncommon breeding resident, often... Uncommon breeding resident, often nomadic. Usually found near flowering banksias and grevilleas.
Noisy Friarbird Philemon corniculatus Honeyeaters Common breeding migrant chiefly on... Common breeding migrant chiefly on the tableland. A few occur during the cooler months.
Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala Honeyeaters Common breeding resident. Common breeding resident.
Northern Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Swan and Ducks Small local populations of what may... Small local populations of what may well be more correctly assessed as domestic ducks.
Olive Whistler Pachycephala olivacea Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Uncommon breeding resident with... Uncommon breeding resident with some altitudinal migration.
Olive-backed Oriole Oriolus sagittatus Cuckoo-shrikes, Figbird and Oriole Uncommon breeding migrant, present... Uncommon breeding migrant, present for a long period over the warmer months. Mostly confined to the tablelands.
Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa Swan and Ducks Common breeding resident which has... Common breeding resident which has probably increased in numbers in recent years.
Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding migrant. Rare non-breeding migrant.
Painted Button-quail Turnix varius Button-quail Rare breeding resident in small... Rare breeding resident in small numbers.
Painted Honeyeater Grantiella picta Honeyeaters Rare breeding migrant species, here... Rare breeding migrant species, here for short periods over summer. Numbers seen in the ACT have declined alarmingly.
Pallid Cuckoo Cacomantis pallidus Cuckoos Common warm weather breeding... Common warm weather breeding migrant. There are odd winter records.
Peaceful Dove Geopelia striata Pigeons and Doves Rare non-breeding resident in the... Rare non-breeding resident in the ACT.
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding migrant in our... Rare non-breeding migrant in our area.
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus Raptors Uncommon breeding resident. It is... Uncommon breeding resident. It is probable that some birds migrate.
Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis Woodswallows, Butcherbirds, Currawongs and Magpie Rare visitor, mainly to the... Rare visitor, mainly to the northern ACT.
Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax varius Grebes, Darter and Cormorants Rare visitor. Rare visitor.
Pied Currawong Strepera graculina Woodswallows, Butcherbirds, Currawongs and Magpie Common breeding bird throughout the... Common breeding bird throughout the ACT. Some altitudinal migration.
Pilotbird Pycnoptilus floccosus Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Uncommon breeding resident, in... Uncommon breeding resident, in rather limited habitat in the western ranges.
Pink Robin Petroica rodinogaster Robins Rare non-breeding winter migrant. Rare non-breeding winter migrant.
Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus Swan and Ducks Common non-breeding visitor to... Common non-breeding visitor to suitable habitat.
Plains-wanderer Pedionomus torquatus Plains-wanderer Extinct in the ACT. As its... Extinct in the ACT. As its distribution in NSW has been greatly reduced in the 20th century it is most unlikely to occur here again.
Plum-headed Finch Neochmia modesta Finches Rare vagrant or aviary... Rare vagrant or aviary escapee/releasee.
Plumed Whistling Duck Dendrocygna eytoni Swan and Ducks Rare vagrant in this area. Rare vagrant in this area.
Powerful Owl Ninox strenua Nocturnal Birds Rare breeding resident. Rare breeding resident.
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio Rails Common breeding resident in... Common breeding resident in suitable terrain throughout the tablelands area.
Rainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus Kookaburra, Kingfishers, Bee-eater and Dollarbird Common breeding migrant in the ACT. Common breeding migrant in the ACT.
Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus Parrots This species is difficult to... This species is difficult to assess. Escapees no doubt occur, but there are also wild birds and occasionally breeding. These should be regarded as rare visitors. It appears that a permanent local population has not yet been established.
Red Knot Calidris canutus Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding migrant. Rare non-breeding migrant.
Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata Honeyeaters Common breeding resident. Part of... Common breeding resident. Part of the population is migratory, especially in the ranges.
Red-backed Kingfisher Todiramphus pyrrhopygius Kookaburra, Kingfishers, Bee-eater and Dollarbird Rare non-breeding vagrant. Rare non-breeding vagrant.
Red-browed Finch Neochmia temporalis Finches Common breeding resident,... Common breeding resident, particularly in dense growth along rivers and creeks, and in damp places. Occasionally in the higher wet forests, but probably does not breed there.
Red-browed Treecreeper Climacteris erythrops Treecreepers Uncommon breeding resident, mostly... Uncommon breeding resident, mostly in forests west of the Murrumbidgee River.
Red-capped Plover Charadrius bicinctus Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding visitor. Rare non-breeding visitor.
Red-capped Robin Petroica goodenovii Robins Rare breeding visitor. Has been... Rare breeding visitor. Has been seen throughout much of the ACT.
Red-kneed Dotterel Erythrogonys cinctus Various Water Birds Uncommon, non-breeding summer... Uncommon, non-breeding summer visitor to restricted habitats.
Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding visitor. Rare non-breeding visitor.
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding migrant. Rare non-breeding migrant.
Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus Parrots Common breeding resident the... Common breeding resident the tablelands particularly. Preservation of old trees is critical for this species.
Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus Thrushes, Starlings and Bulbul Rare vagrant. An introduced... Rare vagrant. An introduced species.
Regent Honeyeater Anthochaera phrygia Honeyeaters The numbers of this species have... The numbers of this species have apparently been reducing over many years despite conservation efforts. It is now a rare breeding visitor to the ACT.
Restless Flycatcher Myiagra inquieta Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Uncommon breeding resident mostly... Uncommon breeding resident mostly of open woodland on the tablelands, generally avoiding closed forests.
Rock Dove Columba livia Pigeons and Doves Common breeding resident. Common breeding resident.
Rose Robin Petroica rosea Robins Uncommon breeding warm weather... Uncommon breeding warm weather migrant, with odd birds being seen in winter.
Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks Irruptive, uncommon summer breeding... Irruptive, uncommon summer breeding visitor in small numbers.
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding migrant, unlikely... Rare non-breeding migrant, unlikely to be seen often.
Rufous Fantail Rhipidura rufifrons Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Uncommon breeding migrant to the... Uncommon breeding migrant to the wet forests. Regularly reported from the tablelands during migration in spring and autumn.
Rufous Songlark Cincloramphus mathewsi Old World Warblers Uncommon breeding summer migrant... Uncommon breeding summer migrant with a relatively short season here. Odd birds recorded outside the main period.
Rufous Whistler Pachycephala rufiventris Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Common breeding migrant. May occur... Common breeding migrant. May occur anywhere in the ACT, but is more numerous in dry woodlands. A small percentage remains over winter.
Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus Kookaburra, Kingfishers, Bee-eater and Dollarbird Widespread, but uncommon breeding... Widespread, but uncommon breeding migrant.
Satin Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceus Bowerbird, Ravens, Chough and Apostlebird Uncommon breeding resident. Some... Uncommon breeding resident. Some altitudinal migration. Birds appear in the cooler months in the western urban areas of Canberra.
Satin Flycatcher Myiagra cyanoleuca Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Common breeding migrant mainly to... Common breeding migrant mainly to the higher areas of wet forests. Often seen about Canberra gardens on passage.
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus Parrots Rare non-breeding vagrant. Some... Rare non-breeding vagrant. Some birds are probably escapees.
Scarlet Honeyeater Myzomela sanguinolenta Honeyeaters Rare non-breeding migrant. Rare non-breeding migrant.
Scarlet Robin Petroica boodang Robins Common breeding resident which... Common breeding resident which becomes somewhat nomadic during the non-breeding season.
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata Various Water Birds Common non-breeding migrant. Common non-breeding migrant.
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo Chalites lucidus Cuckoos Common breeding migrant species.... Common breeding migrant species. Odd birds are recorded in some winters.
Silver Gull Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae Various Water Birds Common non-breeding (?) resident. Common non-breeding (?) resident.
Silvereye Zosterops lateralis Silvereye Common breeding resident, with much... Common breeding resident, with much of the local population migrating. Other Silvereyes pass through, while many migrants spend the cooler months here.
Singing Honeyeater Lichenostomus virescens Honeyeaters Rare vagrant from further west. Rare vagrant from further west.
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos Thrushes, Starlings and Bulbul There have been no recent records... There have been no recent records of this introduced species and it is regarded as locally extinct.
Southern Boobook Ninox novaeseelandiae Nocturnal Birds Widespread common breeding species... Widespread common breeding species in virtually all of the ACT.
Southern Whiteface Aphelocephala leucopsis Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Uncommon breeding resident,... Uncommon breeding resident, probably with a declining local population.
Spangled Drongo Dicrurus bracteatus Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Rare vagrant. Rare vagrant.
Speckled Warbler Chthonicola sagittata Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Uncommon sedentary breeding... Uncommon sedentary breeding resident in suitable terrain
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Acanthagenys rufogularis Honeyeaters Rare vagrant from the inland. Rare vagrant from the inland.
Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis Rails Rare species, recorded mostly in... Rare species, recorded mostly in the warmer months, but occasionally in winter. One breeding record: Fyshwick Sewage Works, Jan/Feb 2001.
Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinesis Pigeons and Doves Escapee or released; one breeding... Escapee or released; one breeding attempt reported from the ACT. Established breeding population in Queanbeyan, NSW.
Spotted Harrier Circus assimilis Raptors Rare non-breeding irregular visitor... Rare non-breeding irregular visitor to our area.
Spotted Pardalote Pardalotus punctatus Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Common in the ACT. Many altitudinal... Common in the ACT. Many altitudinal migrants. Most breeding takes place in the ranges.
Spotted Quail-thrush Cinclosoma punctatum Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Uncommon breeding resident in small... Uncommon breeding resident in small numbers throughout the dry areas of the forests of the ACT.
Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks Fairly common non-breeding visitor... Fairly common non-breeding visitor in varying numbers.
Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Common, breeds locally. An... Common, breeds locally. An altitudinal migrant, with some migration through the area.
Striated Thornbill Acanthiza lineata Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Common breeding resident found at... Common breeding resident found at all altitudes in all months of the year.
Striped Honeyeater Plectorhyncha lanceolata Honeyeaters Rare vagrant. Rare vagrant.
Stubble Quail Coturnix pectoralis Quail Uncommon breeding species locally... Uncommon breeding species locally but it is sometimes quite nomadic.
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita Cockatoos Common breeding resident and... Common breeding resident and altitudinal migrant.
Superb Fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus Fairy-wren Common breeding species throughout... Common breeding species throughout much of the ACT.
Superb Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus superbus Pigeons and Doves Rare non-breeding vagrant. Rare non-breeding vagrant.
Superb Lyrebird Menura novaehollandiae Lyrebird Common breeding bird throughout the... Common breeding bird throughout the wetter forests of the ranges.
Superb Parrot Polytelis swainsonii Parrots Rare visitor. Breeding has been... Rare visitor. Breeding has been recorded in earlier days.
Swamp Harrier Circus approximans Raptors Uncommon breeding resident. Uncommon breeding resident.
Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor Parrots Rare migrant visitor to the ACT,... Rare migrant visitor to the ACT, with sightings decreasing in recent years.
Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides Nocturnal Birds Uncommon breeding resident. Uncommon breeding resident.
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater Glyciphila melanops Honeyeaters Rare vagrant. Rare vagrant.
Tree Martin Petrochelidon nigricans Swallows and Martins Common breeding migrant. A few... Common breeding migrant. A few birds over-winter in some years.
Turquoise Parrot Neophema pulchella Parrots Rare vagrant. Rare vagrant.
Varied Sittella Daphoenositta chrysoptera Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Uncommon breeding resident... Uncommon breeding resident occurring throughout the ACT, except for the highest country and the wet forests of the western ranges.
Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax Raptors Breeding resident, widely... Breeding resident, widely distributed and occupying very large territories.
Weebill Smicrornis breviostris Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Common breeding species wherever... Common breeding species wherever eucalypts occur on the tablelands of the ACT, and in private gardens.
Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena Swallows and Martins Common breeding resident with... Common breeding resident with altitudinal migration from the higher places. Some passage through the ACT, which is poorly understood.
Western Gerygone Gerygone fusca Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Uncommon breeding migrant in fairly... Uncommon breeding migrant in fairly restricted habitat in the ACT.
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding visitor. Rare non-breeding visitor.
Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus Raptors Conspicuous uncommon breeding... Conspicuous uncommon breeding resident, usually present in small numbers.
White-backed Swallow Cheramoeca leucosternus Swallows and Martins Rare breeding visitor. Rare breeding visitor.
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike Coracina papuensis Cuckoo-shrikes, Figbird and Oriole Rare vagrant to the tablelands,... Rare vagrant to the tablelands, appearing at any time of the year.
White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster Raptors Occasional visitor; one breeding... Occasional visitor; one breeding record, Shepherds Lookout, 1995.
White-browed Babbler Pomatostomus superciliosus Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Presumed to be extinct in the ACT;... Presumed to be extinct in the ACT; reasons unknown. A recent sighting may result in a change of status.
White-browed Scrubwren Sericornis frontalis Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Common breeding resident in the ACT... Common breeding resident in the ACT wherever there is suitable cover.
White-browed Woodswallow Artamus superciliosus Woodswallows, Butcherbirds, Currawongs and Magpie Uncommon breeding migrant in... Uncommon breeding migrant in varying numbers. Does not occur every year.
White-eared Honeyeater Lichenostomus leucotis Honeyeaters Breeding resident with some... Breeding resident with some altitudinal migration taking place.
White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks Common in suitable habitat and... Common in suitable habitat and breeding widely.
White-fronted Chat Epthianura albifrons Honeyeaters Rare breeding resident in the ACT,... Rare breeding resident in the ACT, possibly in declining numbers.
White-fronted Honeyeater Purnella albifrons Honeyeaters Very rare vagrant; first record for... Very rare vagrant; first record for ACT Jun 2007.
White-headed Pigeon Columba leucomela Pigeons and Doves Rare vagrant in our area. Rare vagrant in our area.
White-naped Honeyeater Melithreptus lunatus Honeyeaters Common breeding migrant with some... Common breeding migrant with some birds present over winter, especially in gardens where suitable food is found.
White-necked Heron Ardea pacifica Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks Uncommon visitor, breeding... Uncommon visitor, breeding occasionally.
White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus Honeyeaters Common breeding resident. Only... Common breeding resident. Only minor movements, probably to and from breeding areas, otherwise sedentary.
White-throated Gerygone Gerygone albogularis Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Common breeding migrant on the... Common breeding migrant on the tablelands, including older developed areas.
White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus Swifts Common summer migrant which may... Common summer migrant which may occur repeatedly in a season.
White-throated Nightjar Eurostopodus mystacalis Nocturnal Birds Rare breeding migrant or vagrant.... Rare breeding migrant or vagrant. All records have been during the warmer months.
White-throated Treecreeper Cormobates leucophaea Treecreepers Common breeding resident in forests... Common breeding resident in forests at all altitudes.
White-winged Chough Corcorax melanorhamphos Bowerbird, Ravens, Chough and Apostlebird Common breeding resident,... Common breeding resident, especially in the dry woodlands and forests of the ACT.
White-winged Triller Lalage sueurii Cuckoo-shrikes, Figbird and Oriole Uncommon breeding migrant in... Uncommon breeding migrant in somewhat threatened habitat.
Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers Common breeding resident; some... Common breeding resident; some altitudinal migration. The probability exists of some birds leaving the ACT in winter.
Wonga Pigeon Leucosarcia picata Pigeons and Doves Common widespread species in the... Common widespread species in the ranges, in relatively small numbers. Breeding resident.
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola Various Water Birds Rare non-breeding migrant. Rare non-breeding migrant.
Yellow Thornbill Acanthiza nana Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Uncommon breeding resident in a... Uncommon breeding resident in a somewhat restricted habitat.
Yellow-billed Spoonbill Platalea flavipes Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks Uncommon non-breeding visitor in... Uncommon non-breeding visitor in small numbers.
Yellow-faced Honeyeater Lichenostomus chrysops Honeyeaters Common breeding migrant. Some birds... Common breeding migrant. Some birds are present in winter, apparently where sufficient food is available.
Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes and allied birds Common breeding resident except in... Common breeding resident except in the high, wet forests.
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus Cockatoos Common breeding resident in its... Common breeding resident in its preferred habitats.
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater Lichenostomus melanops Honeyeaters Rare visitor, chiefly in the cooler... Rare visitor, chiefly in the cooler months. Probably breeds not far away outside the ACT.
Zebra Finch Taeniopygia guttata Finches Uncommon irruptive species; flocks... Uncommon irruptive species; flocks are sighted every few years. Many escapees or released birds are reported.
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