Unusual Birds 2013

‘Unusual’ Birds in the ACT – May 2013 List

If you see one of the ‘unusual’ birds listed below, please report it on an ‘Unusual’ bird form.
The following is the Rarities Panel’s May 2013 list of ‘unusual’ birds in the ACT.
NOTE: Singing Honeyeater were reported in the ACT at the end of 2013, and the latter should now be considered an ‘unusual’ bird.

There are many additional species which could be considered ‘rare’. Those which are particularly easy to identify, such as Regent Honeyeater, Caspian Tern and Red-necked Avocet, or for which there are more than 10 probably independent occurrences in the previous 10 years are not included in the list.
Please report observations of these on the ‘COG Observation Record’, or an ‘Unusual Bird’ form and/or contact rarities@canberrabirds.org.au for clarification.

List of Unusual Birds (May 2013)

While the following list is restricted to birds observed in the ACT, it is a guide to the Canberra region. Records of any of the species listed or of any species new to the COG area of interests (COGAOI) will not be published as an official COG record unless endorsed by the Rarities Panel.  ‘Unusual’ bird report forms are available at COG’s monthly meetings or may be downloaded. They should be returned either to the “red box” at meetings, to the rarities email address above, or mailed to Rarities Panel, COG PO Box 301 Civic Square ACT 2608.


Species Latest endorsed report Comments
White-throated Nightjar  Eurostopodus mystacalis 2010
Spotted Nightjar  Eurostopodus argus 2011
Eastern Osprey Pandion haliaetus 2012 AoI 2013
Banded Lapwing  Vanellus tricolor 2009
Australian Painted Snipe  Rostratula australis 2013
Little Button-quail  Turnix velox 2009 2012 report not presented for appraisal
Turquoise Parrot  Neophema pulchella 2008
Black-eared Cuckoo  Chalcites osculans 2009
Barking Owl  Ninox connivens 2011
Azure Kingfisher  Ceyx azureus 2013
White-fronted Honeyeater  Purnella  albifrons 2007
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Acanthagenys rufogularis 2013
Crimson Chat  Epthianura tricolor 2003
Black Honeyeater  Sugomel  niger 2006 2012 outside ACT but in COGAOI
Black-chinned Honeyeater  Melithreptus gularis 2007
Blue-faced Honeyeater  Entomyzon cyanotis 2007 ACT only
Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis 2005 2012 outside ACT but in COGAOI
White-browed Babbler  Pomatostomus superciliosus 2006
Australasian Figbird  Sphecotheres vieilloti 2009


PLEASE NOTE: Any bird that is not named in the most recent edition of Annotated Checklist of the Birds of the Australian Capital Territory is also defined as an unusual bird. If you see one, please complete COG’s ‘Unusual’ bird report form and email it to rarities@canberrabirds.org.au or send it to

The Records Officer, COG
PO Box 301

or hand it in at COG’s monthly meetings.

COG Rarities Panel, February 2014