Annotated Checklist of the Birds of the ACT – updated Dec 2014

The ‘Status’ column reflects the likelihood that an experienced birder would record the species during a day of bird observing, at the right time of year, in the appropriate habitat.

Species marked * are classified by the Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG) as ‘unusual’ birds in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Please submit an Unusual Bird Report form for these species and for any species not included in this checklist. The Checklist identifies threatened species, i.e. those declared Endangered or Vulnerable in the ACT or NSW. For more detailed information on the status of the birds of the ACT please see COG’s Annual Bird Report, online at

The taxonomy and nomenclature used for this checklist is Birdlife Australia’s Working List of Australian Birds, version 1.1:

This version is dated 17 December 2014. It has 292 species on the main list.

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BirdLife Australia species number English name Scientific name Status
001 Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae Rare, breeding resident.
009 Stubble Quail Coturnix pectoralis Uncommon, breeding resident.
011 Brown Quail Coturnix ypsilophora Uncommon, breeding resident.
903 Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus Rare breeding resident/escapee. An introduced species.
205 Plumed Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna eytoni Non-breeding vagrant.
217 Musk Duck Biziura lobata Rare, breeding resident.
214 Freckled Duck Stictonetta naevosa Uncommon, non-breeding visitor. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
203 Black Swan Cygnus atratus Common, breeding resident.
207 Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides Rare, breeding visitor.
202 Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata Very common, breeding resident.
213 Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus Uncommon, non-breeding visitor.
212 Australasian Shoveler Anas rhynchotis Uncommon, breeding visitor.
211 Grey Teal Anas gracilis Very common, breeding resident.
210 Chestnut Teal Anas castanea Uncommon, breeding resident.
948 Northern Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Rare, breeding resident. An introduced species.
208 Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa Very common, breeding resident.
215 Hardhead Aythya australis Common, breeding visitor.
216 Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis Rare, breeding resident. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
061 Australasian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae Common, breeding resident.
062 Hoary-headed Grebe Poliocephalus poliocephalus Common, breeding resident.
060 Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus Rare, breeding visitor.
957 Rock Dove Columba livia Very common, breeding resident. An introduced species.
028 White-headed Pigeon Columba leucomela Rare, non-breeding visitor.
989 Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis Uncommon, breeding resident. An introduced species.
033 Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica Non-breeding vagrant.
034 Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera Common, breeding resident.
035 Brush Bronzewing Phaps elegans Rare, breeding resident.
043 Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes Very common, breeding resident.
031 Diamond Dove Geopelia cuneata Rare, non-breeding visitor/escapee.
030 Peaceful Dove Geopelia striata Rare, non-breeding resident.
032 Bar-shouldered Dove Geopelia humeralis Non-breeding vagrant.
044 Wonga Pigeon Leucosarcia melanoleuca Rare, breeding resident.
023 Superb Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus superbus Non-breeding vagrant. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
313 Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides Common, breeding resident.
330 White-throated Nightjar * Eurostopodus mystacalis Rare, breeding summer visitor.
331 Spotted Nightjar * Eurostopodus argus Non-breeding vagrant.
317 Australian Owlet-nightjar Aegotheles cristatus Common, breeding resident.
334 White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus Uncommon, non-breeding summer migrant.
335 Fork-tailed Swift Apus pacificus Rare, non-breeding summer migrant.
101 Australian Darter Anhinga melanogaster Uncommon, breeding resident.
100 Little Pied Cormorant Microcarbo melanoleucos Very common, breeding resident.
096 Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Common, breeding resident.
097 Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris Very common, breeding resident.
099 Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax varius Rare, non-breeding visitor.
106 Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus Common, non-breeding visitor.
183 Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus Non-breeding vagrant. Declared Endangered in NSW.
197 Australasian Bittern Botaurus poiciloptilus Non-breeding vagrant. Declared Endangered in NSW.
195 Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus Rare, breeding visitor.
189 White-necked Heron Ardea pacifica Uncommon, breeding visitor.
187 Great Egret Ardea alba Uncommon, non-breeding visitor.
186 Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia Rare, non-breeding visitor.
977 Cattle Egret Ardea ibis Uncommon, non-breeding visitor.
188 White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae Common, breeding resident.
185 Little Egret Egretta garzetta Rare, non-breeding visitor.
192 Nankeen Night-Heron Nycticorax caledonicus Uncommon, breeding visitor.
178 Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus Rare, non-breeding visitor.
179 Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca Common, breeding resident.
180 Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis Common, non-breeding visitor.
181 Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia Uncommon, breeding visitor.
182 Yellow-billed Spoonbill Platalea flavipes Uncommon, non-breeding visitor.
241 Osprey * Pandion haliaetus Non-breeding vagrant. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
232 Black-shouldered Kite Elanus axillaris Uncommon, breeding resident.
233 Letter-winged Kite Elanus scriptus Non-breeding vagrant.
226 White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster Uncommon, non-breeding visitor.
228 Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus Uncommon, breeding resident.
229 Black Kite Milvus migrans Rare, non-breeding visitor.
221 Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatus Common, breeding resident.
222 Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrocephalus Common, breeding resident/summer migrant.
220 Grey Goshawk Accipiter novaehollandiae Rare, non-breeding visitor.
218 Spotted Harrier Circus assimilis Rare, non-breeding visitor. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
219 Swamp Harrier Circus approximans Rare, breeding resident.
224 Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax Common, breeding resident.
225 Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides Uncommon, breeding resident. Declared Vulnerable in the ACT and NSW.
240 Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroides Uncommon, breeding resident.
239 Brown Falcon Falco berigora Uncommon, breeding resident.
235 Australian Hobby Falco longipennis Common, breeding resident/summer migrant.
236 Grey Falcon Falco hypoleucos Non-breeding vagrant. Declared Endangered in NSW.
238 Black Falcon Falco subniger Rare, non-breeding visitor.
237 Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus Uncommon, breeding resident.
177 Brolga Grus rubicunda Extinct. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
058 Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio Very common, breeding resident.
045 Lewin’s Rail Lewinia pectoralis Rare, breeding visitor.
046 Buff-banded Rail Gallirallus philippensis Uncommon, breeding summer migrant.
050 Baillon’s Crake Porzana pusilla Rare, non-breeding summer migrant.
049 Australian Spotted Crake Porzana fluminea Uncommon, breeding summer migrant.
051 Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis Uncommon, breeding summer migrant.
055 Black-tailed Native-hen Tribonyx ventralis Non-breeding vagrant.
056 Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa Common, breeding resident.
059 Eurasian Coot Fulica atra Very common, breeding resident.
176 Australian Bustard Ardeotis australis Extinct. Declared Endangered in NSW.
174 Bush Stone-curlew Burhinus grallarius Extinct. Declared Endangered in NSW.
146 Black-winged Stilt Himantopus leucocephalus Uncommon, non-breeding visitor.
148 Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae Non-breeding vagrant.
137 Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva Non-breeding vagrant.
143 Red-capped Plover Charadrius ruficapillus Rare, non-breeding visitor.
140 Double-banded Plover Charadrius bicinctus Non-breeding vagrant.
144 Black-fronted Dotterel Elseyornis melanops Uncommon, breeding resident.
132 Red-kneed Dotterel Erythrogonys cinctus Uncommon, breeding summer migrant.
135 Banded Lapwing * Vanellus tricolor Rare, breeding visitor.
133 Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles Common, breeding resident.
020 Plains-wanderer Pedionomus torquatus Extinct. Declared Endangered in NSW.
170 Australian Painted Snipe * Rostratula australis Rare, non-breeding visitor. Declared Endangered in NSW.
168 Latham’s Snipe Gallinago hardwickii Common, non-breeding summer migrant.
153 Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica Non-breeding vagrant.
149 Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis Non-breeding vagrant.
157 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos Rare, non-breeding summer migrant.
158 Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia Non-breeding vagrant.
159 Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis Non-breeding vagrant.
154 Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola Non-breeding vagrant.
129 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres Non-breeding vagrant.
164 Red Knot Calidris canutus Non-breeding vagrant.
162 Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis Non-breeding vagrant.
965 Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta Non-breeding vagrant.
978 Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos Non-breeding vagrant.
163 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata Uncommon, non-breeding summer migrant.
161 Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea Non-breeding vagrant.
014 Painted Button-quail Turnix varius Uncommon, breeding resident.
019 Red-chested Button-quail Turnix pyrrhothorax Breeding vagrant.
018 Little Button-quail * Turnix velox Rare, non-breeding visitor.
111 Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica Non-breeding vagrant.
112 Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia Non-breeding vagrant.
110 Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida Rare, non-breeding visitor.
125 Silver Gull Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae Common, breeding resident.
265 Glossy Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami Rare, breeding visitor. Declared Vulnerable in the ACT and NSW.
267 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus Common, breeding resident.
268 Gang-gang Cockatoo Callocephalon fimbriatum Common, breeding resident/altitudinal migrant. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
270 Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo Lophochroa leadbeateri Non-breeding escapee. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
273 Galah Eolophus roseicapillus Very common, breeding resident.
272 Long-billed Corella Cacatua tenuirostris Uncommon, breeding resident/escapee.
271 Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea Very common, breeding resident.
269 Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita Very common, breeding resident.
274 Cockatiel Nymphicus hollandicus Rare, non-breeding visitor/escapee.
254 Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus Uncommon, breeding resident.
256 Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus Non-breeding vagrant/escapee.
258 Musk Lorikeet Glossopsitta concinna Rare, non-breeding visitor.
260 Little Lorikeet Glossopsitta pusilla Rare, non-breeding visitor. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
259 Purple-crowned Lorikeet Glossopsitta porphyrocephala Non-breeding vagrant. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
281 Australian King-Parrot Alisterus scapularis Common, breeding resident.
277 Superb Parrot Polytelis swainsonii Uncommon, breeding summer migrant. Declared Vulnerable in the ACT and NSW.
282 Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans Very common, breeding resident.
288 Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius Very common, breeding resident.
309 Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor Rare, non-breeding winter migrant. Declared Vulnerable in the ACT and Endangered in NSW.
295 Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus Common, breeding resident.
310 Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus Rare, non-breeding visitor/escapee.
306 Blue-winged Parrot Neophema chrysostoma Non-breeding vagrant.
302 Turquoise Parrot * Neophema pulchella Non-breeding vagrant/escapee. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
347 Eastern Koel Eudynamys orientalis Common, breeding summer migrant.
348 Channel-billed Cuckoo Scythrops novaehollandiae Rare, non-breeding summer migrant.
342 Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo Chalcites basalis Common, breeding summer migrant.
341 Black-eared Cuckoo * Chalcites osculans Rare, non-breeding visitor.
344 Shining Bronze-Cuckoo Chalcites lucidus Common, breeding summer migrant.
338 Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis Common, breeding summer migrant.
339 Brush Cuckoo Cacomantis variolosus Uncommon, breeding summer migrant.
337 Pallid Cuckoo Cacomantis pallidus Common, breeding summer migrant.
248 Powerful Owl Ninox strenua Rare, breeding resident. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
246 Barking Owl * Ninox connivens Non-breeding vagrant. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
242 Southern Boobook Ninox novaeseelandiae Common, breeding resident.
250 Masked Owl Tyto novaehollandiae Non-breeding vagrant. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
249 Barn Owl Tyto alba Rare, non-breeding visitor.
319 Azure Kingfisher * Ceyx azureus Non-breeding vagrant.
322 Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae Common, breeding resident.
325 Red-backed Kingfisher Todiramphus pyrrhopygius Breeding vagrant.
326 Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus Common, breeding summer migrant.
329 Rainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus Common, breeding summer migrant.
318 Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis Uncommon, breeding summer migrant.
350 Superb Lyrebird Menura novaehollandiae Uncommon, breeding resident.
558 White-throated Treecreeper Cormobates leucophaea Common, breeding resident.
560 Red-browed Treecreeper Climacteris erythrops Uncommon, breeding resident.
555 Brown Treecreeper Climacteris picumnus Rare, breeding resident. Eastern sub-species declared Vulnerable in the ACT and NSW.
679 Satin Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceus Common, breeding resident.
529 Superb Fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus Very common, breeding resident.
506 Pilotbird Pycnoptilus floccosus Rare, breeding resident.
488 White-browed Scrubwren Sericornis frontalis Very common, breeding resident.
498 Chestnut-rumped Heathwren Hylacola pyrrhopygia Rare, non-breeding resident.
504 Speckled Warbler Chthonicola sagittata Uncommon, breeding resident. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
465 Weebill Smicrornis brevirostris Common, breeding resident.
454 Brown Gerygone Gerygone mouki Rare, winter visitor.
463 Western Gerygone Gerygone fusca Common, breeding summer migrant.
453 White-throated Gerygone Gerygone olivacea Common, breeding summer migrant.
470 Striated Thornbill Acanthiza lineata Very common, breeding resident.
471 Yellow Thornbill Acanthiza nana Uncommon, breeding resident.
486 Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa Very common, breeding resident.
481 Chestnut-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza uropygialis Non-breeding vagrant.
484 Buff-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza reguloides Common, breeding resident.
475 Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla Very common, breeding resident.
466 Southern Whiteface Aphelocephala leucopsis Uncommon, breeding resident.
565 Spotted Pardalote Pardalotus punctatus Very common, breeding resident/migrant.
976 Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus Very common, breeding resident/migrant.
591 Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris Common, breeding resident.
605 Lewin’s Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii Non-breeding vagrant.
614 Yellow-faced Honeyeater Lichenostomus chrysops Very common, breeding resident/summer migrant.
608 Singing Honeyeater * Lichenostomus virescens Non-breeding vagrant.
617 White-eared Honeyeater Lichenostomus leucotis Common, breeding resident/altitudinal migrant.
619 Yellow-tufted Honeyeater Lichenostomus melanops Rare, breeding resident.
613 Fuscous Honeyeater Lichenostomus fuscus Uncommon, breeding resident/autumn migrant.
625 White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus Common, breeding resident.
594 White-fronted Honeyeater * Purnella albifrons Non-breeding vagrant.
633 Bell Miner Manorina melanophrys Non-breeding vagrant.
634 Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala Very common, breeding resident.
640 Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater * Acanthagenys rufogularis Non-breeding vagrant.
712 Little Wattlebird Anthochaera chrysoptera Non-breeding vagrant.
603 Regent Honeyeater Anthochaera phrygia Rare, breeding visitor. Declared Endangered in both ACT and NSW.
638 Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata Very common, breeding resident/autumn migrant.
449 Crimson Chat * Epthianura tricolor Non-breeding vagrant.
448 White-fronted Chat Epthianura albifrons Rare, breeding resident. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
589 Black Honeyeater * Sugomel niger Non-breeding vagrant.
586 Scarlet Honeyeater Myzomela sanguinolenta Rare, non-breeding visitor.
593 Tawny-crowned Honeyeater Glyciphila melanops Non-breeding vagrant.
630 Crescent Honeyeater Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus Uncommon, breeding resident/altitudinal migrant.
631 New Holland Honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae Uncommon, breeding resident.
580 Black-chinned Honeyeater * Melithreptus gularis Non-breeding vagrant. Eastern sub-species declared Vulnerable in NSW.
583 Brown-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus brevirostris Common, breeding resident.
578 White-naped Honeyeater Melithreptus lunatus Very common, breeding resident/summer migrant.
641 Blue-faced Honeyeater * Entomyzon cyanotis Non-breeding vagrant.
645 Noisy Friarbird Philemon corniculatus Common, breeding summer migrant.
646 Little Friarbird Philemon citreogularis Rare, breeding summer migrant.
585 Striped Honeyeater Plectorhyncha lanceolata Non-breeding vagrant.
598 Painted Honeyeater Grantiella picta Rare, breeding visitor. Declared Vulnerable in the ACT and NSW.
443 Grey-crowned Babbler * Pomatostomus temporalis Non-breeding vagrant. Eastern sub-species declared Vulnerable in NSW.
445 White-browed Babbler * Pomatostomus superciliosus Non-breeding vagrant.
436 Spotted Quail-thrush Cinclosoma punctatum Uncommon, breeding resident.
421 Eastern Whipbird Psophodes olivaceus Uncommon, breeding resident.
549 Varied Sittella Daphoenositta chrysoptera Uncommon, breeding resident . Declared Vulnerable in the ACT and NSW.
424 Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Coracina novaehollandiae Common, breeding resident/summer migrant.
425 White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike Coracina papuensis Rare, non-breeding autumn migrant.
429 Cicadabird Coracina tenuirostris Rare, breeding summer migrant.
430 White-winged Triller Lalage tricolor Uncommon, breeding summer migrant. Declared Vulnerable in the ACT.
416 Crested Shrike-tit Falcunculus frontatus Rare, breeding resident.
405 Olive Whistler Pachycephala olivacea Uncommon, breeding resident/altitudinal migrant. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
398 Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis Common, breeding resident/altitudinal migrant.
401 Rufous Whistler Pachycephala rufiventris Common, breeding summer migrant.
408 Grey Shrike-thrush Colluricincla harmonica Common, breeding resident.
432 Australasian Figbird * Sphecotheres vieilloti Non-breeding vagrant.
671 Olive-backed Oriole Oriolus sagittatus Common, breeding summer migrant.
544 Masked Woodswallow Artamus personatus Rare, breeding summer migrant.
545 White-browed Woodswallow Artamus superciliosus Uncommon, breeding summer migrant.
547 Dusky Woodswallow Artamus cyanopterus Common, breeding summer migrant.
702 Grey Butcherbird Cracticus torquatus Common, breeding resident.
700 Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis Rare, non-breeding visitor.
705 Australian Magpie Cracticus tibicen Very common, breeding resident.
694 Pied Currawong Strepera graculina Very common, breeding resident.
697 Grey Currawong Strepera versicolor Uncommon, breeding resident.
673 Spangled Drongo Dicrurus bracteatus Non breeding vagrant.
362 Rufous Fantail Rhipidura rufifrons Uncommon, breeding summer migrant.
361 Grey Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa Common, breeding resident/summer migrant.
364 Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys Very common, breeding resident.
930 Australian Raven Corvus coronoides Very common, breeding resident.
954 Little Raven Corvus mellori Uncommon, breeding resident/winter migrant.
365 Leaden Flycatcher Myiagra rubecula Common, breeding summer migrant.
366 Satin Flycatcher Myiagra cyanoleuca Uncommon, breeding summer migrant.
728 Restless Flycatcher Myiagra inquieta Rare, breeding resident.
373 Black-faced Monarch Monarcha melanopsis Non-breeding vagrant.
415 Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca Very common, breeding resident.
693 White-winged Chough Corcorax melanorhamphos Very common, breeding resident.
675 Apostlebird Struthidea cinerea Non-breeding vagrant.
377 Jacky Winter Microeca fascinans Uncommon, breeding resident.
380 Scarlet Robin Petroica multicolor Uncommon, breeding resident/altitudinal migrant. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
381 Red-capped Robin Petroica goodenovii Uncommon, breeding visitor.
382 Flame Robin Petroica phoenicea Uncommon, breeding resident/altitudinal migrant. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
384 Rose Robin Petroica rosea Uncommon, breeding summer migrant.
383 Pink Robin Petroica rodinogaster Rare, non-breeding winter migrant. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
385 Hooded Robin Melanodryas cucullata Rare, breeding resident. South-eastern sub-species declared Vulnerable in the ACT and NSW.
392 Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis Common, breeding resident.
648 Horsfield’s Bushlark Mirafra javanica Rare, breeding summer migrant.
993 Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis Common, breeding resident. An introduced species.
525 Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis Uncommon, breeding resident.
524 Australian Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus australis Common, breeding summer migrant.
522 Little Grassbird Megalurus gramineus Uncommon, breeding resident.
509 Rufous Songlark Cincloramphus mathewsi Common, breeding summer migrant.
508 Brown Songlark Cincloramphus cruralis Rare, breeding summer migrant.
574 Silvereye Zosterops lateralis Very common, breeding resident/migrant.
358 White-backed Swallow Cheramoeca leucosterna Breeding vagrant.
357 Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena Very common, breeding resident.
360 Fairy Martin Petrochelidon ariel Uncommon, breeding summer migrant.
359 Tree Martin Petrochelidon nigricans Uncommon, breeding summer migrant.
990 Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus Non-breeding vagrant. An introduced species.
779 Bassian Thrush Zoothera lunulata Uncommon, breeding resident/altitudinal migrant.
991 Common Blackbird Turdus merula Common, breeding resident. An introduced species.
992 Song Thrush Turdus philomelos Extinct. An introduced species.
999 Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris Very common, breeding resident. An introduced species.
998 Common Myna Sturnus tristis Very common, breeding resident. An introduced species.
564 Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum Common, breeding summer migrant.
653 Zebra Finch Taeniopygia guttata Rare, breeding visitor/escapee.
655 Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii Uncommon, breeding resident.
661 Plum-headed Finch Neochmia modesta Non-breeding vagrant/escapee.
662 Red-browed Finch Neochmia temporalis Common, breeding resident.
652 Diamond Firetail Stagonopleura guttata Uncommon, breeding resident. Declared Vulnerable in NSW.
995 House Sparrow Passer domesticus Common, breeding resident. An introduced species.
994 Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Extinct. An introduced species.
647 Australian Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae Common, breeding resident.
996 European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis Common, breeding resident. An introduced species.
997 Common Greenfinch Chloris chloris Uncommon, breeding resident. An introduced species.



Supplementary List

Species reported as having been observed in the ACT but not currently regarded as being on the ACT Bird List

The species listed in this Supplement include those that are regarded as escapees or released and for which there is no established population in the ACT; species probably reported in error; records of doubtful validity; records not properly documented and therefore not accepted; and accidental occurrences beyond the normal range (e.g. sea birds).

BirdLife Australia species number English Name Scientific Name Status
012 King Quail Excalfactoria chinensis Escapee or released.
902 Domestic Chicken Gallus gallus Feral or wandering domestic birds occasionally reported.
950 Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus Escapee or released.
199 Magpie Goose Anseranas semipalmata Semi-captive population at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (TNR), plus a 2003 record from Brindabella Station, presumably a stray from the TNR population.
198 Cape Barren Goose Cereopsis novaehollandiae Escapee or released. Formerly a semi-captive population at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, now extirpated.
2502 Domestic (Greylag) Goose Anser anser Escapee or released.
906 Mute Swan Cygnus olor One 2011 report, unendorsed, possibly in error.
2501 Muscovy Duck Cairina moschata Escapee or released.
940 Barbary Dove Streptopelia risoria Escapee or released.
065 White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina Accidental.
069 Wedge-tailed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica Accidental.
230 Square-tailed Kite Lophoictinia isura Probably reported in error.
223 Red Goshawk Erythrotriorchis radiatus Doubtful record.
155 Grey-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes Record not properly documented.
167 Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus Doubtful record.
173 Australian Pratincole Stiltia isabella Probably reported in error.
933 Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus Accidental; remains found in a Peregrine Falcon nest in 1994.
953 Common Tern Sterna hirundo Reported in October 2013, not presented for appraisal.
264 Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii Probably reported in error.
280 Red-winged Parrot Aprosmictus erythropterus Escapee or released.
279 Princess Parrot Polytelis alexandrae Escapee or released.
286 Pale-headed Rosella Platycercus adscitus Escapee or released.
291 Australian Ringneck Barnardius zonarius Escapee or released.
290 Red-capped Parrot Purpureicephalus spurius Escapee or released.
297 Blue Bonnet Northiella haematogaster Escapee or released.
307 Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans Doubtful record.
– – Peach-faced Lovebird Agapornis roseicollis Escapee or released.
– – Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri Escapee or released.
– – Yellow-crowned Parakeet Cyanoramphus auriceps Escapee or released.
680 Spotted Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus maculatus Escapee or released.
635 Yellow-throated Miner Manorina flavigula Record not properly documented.
692 Torresian Crow Corvus orru Probably reported in error.
650 Beautiful Firetail Stagonopleura bella Escapee or released.
983 Nutmeg Mannikin Lonchura punctulata Escapee or released.
657 Chestnut-breasted Mannikin Lonchura castaneothorax Escapee or released.
806 Java Sparrow Lonchura oryzivora Escapee or released.
– – Canary Serinus canarius Escapee or released.


Definitions of key terms

Term Definition
Degree of commonness/rarity The ‘Status’ column on the Annotated Checklist reflects the likelihood that an experienced birder would record the species during a day of bird observing, at the right time of year, in the appropriate habitat. This entails a number of parameters, with the consequence that no single quantitative measure (such as reporting rate) is sufficient to define the categories used, namely very common, common, uncommon and rare. These statuses have been determined by the Checklist review committee using a variety of quantitative and spatial data sources, along with the committee members’ own judgments.
Visitor A species not resident in the ACT, its normal range encompasses this region but it does not show a pattern of regular seasonal movements to and from the ACT.
Vagrant A species not resident in the ACT, the ACT is not part of its usual range or habitat, and it does not show a pattern of regular seasonal movements to and from the ACT. A species with fewer than ten probably independent occurrences recorded in the ACT.
Accidental A species far outside of its normal range.
Migrant A species that moves between the ACT and other locations, usually on a regular annual cycle, usually breeding in one location but not in the other.
Summer migrant A species that spends the warmer part of most years in the ACT, generally arriving in spring and departing in autumn.
Winter migrant A species that spends the cooler part of most years in the ACT, generally arriving in autumn and departing in spring.
Altitudinal migrant A species that generally breeds at high altitudes in summer and moves to lower altitudes in winter.
Resident A species that resides permanently in the ACT, observed all year round.
Extinct A species for which there is no reasonable doubt that the last member of the species in the ACT has died, and no records since 1980.
Breeding A species that has been reported to have bred in the ACT or to have exhibited some form of breeding behaviour falling under one or more of these categories: displaying, inspecting hollow, nest building, copulating, carrying faecal sac, carrying food, dependent young, on or leaving nest, nest with eggs, nest with young.

Updated 07 March 2015

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