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The list scope includes outlying islands:
    1. Cocos (Keeling) Islands
    2. Christmas Island
    3. Ashmore Reef
    4. Torres Strait Islands
    5. Lord Howe Island
    6. Norfolk Island
    7. Macquarie Island
    8. Heard Island and McDonald Islands

Template:Wildlife of Australia This is a list of the wild birds found in Australia including its outlying islands and territories, but excluding the Australian Antarctic Territory. The outlying islands covered include: Christmas, Cocos (Keeling), Ashmore, Torres Strait, Coral Sea, Lord Howe, Norfolk, Macquarie, and Heard/McDonald. The list includes introduced species, common vagrants and recently extinct species. It excludes extirpated introductions (e.g. Ostrich), some very rare vagrants (seen once) and species only present in captivity. Eight hundred and forty-two extant species are listed.

The taxonomy followed is from Christidis and Boles, 2008.[1] Their system has been developed over nearly two decades[2] and has strong local support[3], but deviates in important ways from more generally accepted schemes.

Table of contents

Non-passerines: Emu and cassowaries . Mound-builders . Guineafowl . Partridges, pheasants, quail . Magpie Goose . Ducks, geese and swans . Tropicbirds . Grebes . Pigeons and doves . Frogmouths . Nightjars . Owlet-nightjar . Swifts . Storm-petrels . Albatross . Shearwaters and petrels . Penguins . Frigatebirds . Boobies and gannets . Darters . Cormorants . Pelicans . Storks . Bitterns, herons and egrets . Ibis and spoonbills . Hawks, kites and eagles . Osprey . Falcons . Cranes . Rails, crakes, and coots . Bustards . Sheathbills . Stone-curlews (thick-knees) . Oystercatchers . Avocets and stilts . Plovers and lapwings . Plains Wanderer . Jacanas . Painted Snipe . Waders . Buttonquails . Pratincoles . Skuas . Gulls and terns . Parrots and allies . Cuckoos . True owls . Barn owls . River kingfishers . Tree kingfishers . Bee-eaters . Rollers .

Passerines: Pittas . Lyrebirds . Scrub-birds . Treecreepers . Bowerbirds and catbirds . Fairy-wrens, emu-wrens and grasswrens . Bristlebirds . Scrubwrens, thornbills and allies . Pardalotes . Honeyeaters . Babblers . Logrunner and chowchilla . Quail-thrush, whipbirds and wedgebills . Sittella . Cuckoo-shrikes and trillers . Whistlers and allies . Figbird and orioles . Currawongs, woodswallows, butcherbirds & allies . Drongo . Fantails . Shrikes . Magpie, crows and ravens . Monarch Flycatchers . Chough and apostlebird . Birds of Paradise, riflebirds . Australasian robins . Larks . Cisticolas and allies . Reed-Warblers . Grassbirds, songlarks and allies . White-eyes . Old World warblers . Leaf-warblers . Swallows . Bulbuls . Old World flycatchers . Thrushes and allies . Starlings . Sunbirds and spiderhunters . Australasian finches, firetails and waxbills . Old World sparrows . Wagtails and pipits . Finches, crossbills and allies . Buntings, seedeaters and allies .

See also       References


Cassowaries and relatives

Order: Casuariformes. Family: Casuariidae This family of flightless ratite birds is represented by two living species in Australia, another two having perished since human settlement.

Common name Binomial Notes
Southern Cassowary Casuarius casuarius
Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae
King Island Emu Dromaius ater extinct
Kangaroo Island Emu Dromaius baudinianus extinct


Order: Galliformes. Family: Megapodidae

Australian Brush-turkey

Common name Binomial Notes
Australian Brush-turkey Alectura lathami
Malleefowl Leipoa ocellata
Orange-footed Scrubfowl Megapodius reinwardt


Order: Galliformes. Family: Phasianidae

The Phasianidae is a family of birds which consists of the pheasants and their allies. These are terrestrial species, variable in size but generally plump, with broad, relatively short wings. Many species are gamebirds, or have been domesticated as a food source for humans. Three species are native to Australia, and five commonly domesticated species are feral.

Common name Binomial Notes
Stubble Quail Coturnix pectoralis
Brown Quail Coturnix ypsilophora
King Quail Excalfactoria chinensis
Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus introduced
Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus introduced
Green Junglefowl Gallus varius introduced, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus introduced
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo introduced


Order: Galliformes. Family: Numididae

Common name Binomial Notes
Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris introduced

Magpie Goose

Order: Anseriformes. Family: Anseranatidae

The family contains a single species, the Magpie Goose. It was an early and distinctive offshoot of the anseriform family tree, diverging after screamers and before all other ducks, geese and swans, sometime in the late Cretaceous. The single species is found across Australia.

Common name Binomial Notes
Magpie Goose Anseranas semipalmata

Ducks, geese, and swans

Order: Anseriformes. Family: Anatidae

Plumed Whistling-Ducks

Pacific Black Duck

The family Anatidae includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl, such as geese and swans. These are adapted for an aquatic existence, with webbed feet, bills that are flattened to a greater or lesser extent, and feathers that are excellent at shedding water due to special oils. In Australia, 26 species have been recorded, of which three have been introduced, and three are vagrants.

Common name Binomial Notes
Spotted Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna guttata
Plumed Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna eytoni
Wandering Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna arcuata
Musk Duck Biziura lobata
Freckled Duck Stictonetta naevosa
Cape Barren Goose Cereopsis novaehollandiae
Black Swan Cygnus atratus
Mute Swan Cygnus olor introduced
Canada Goose Branta canadensis vagrant, introduced
Radjah Shelduck Tadorna radjah
Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides
Paradise Shelduck Tadorna variegata vagrant, Lord Howe Island
Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata
Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus
Cotton Pygmy-goose Nettapus coromandelianus
Green Pygmy-goose Nettapus pulchellus
Garganey Anas querquedula
Australasian Shoveler Anas rhynchotis
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata vagrant
Grey Teal Anas gracilis '
Chestnut Teal Anas castanea
Northern Pintail Anas acuta vagrant
Northern Mallard Anas platyrhynchos introduced
Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa
Hardhead Aythya australis
Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis


Order: Pelecaniformes. Family: Phaethontidae

Tropicbirds are slender white birds of tropical oceans, with exceptionally long central tail feathers. Their long wings have black markings, as does the head. Two species have been recorded from Australian waters.

Common name Binomial Notes
Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda
White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus


Order: Podicipediformes. Family: Podicipedidae

Grebes are small- to medium-large-sized freshwater diving birds. They have lobed toes, and are excellent swimmers and divers. However, they have their feet placed far back on the body, making them quite ungainly on land. Three species have been regularly recorded in Australia, and a fourth is a vagrant.

Australasian Grebe

Common name Binomial Notes
Australasian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis vagrant
Hoary-headed Grebe Poliocephalus poliocephalus
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus

Pigeons and doves

Order: Columbiformes. Family: Columbidae

Pigeons and doves are stout-bodied birds with short necks and short slender bills with a fleshy cere. 31 species have been recorded in Australian territory, five of which have been introduced, and another three are vagrants. Three have become extinct since European colonisation.

Common name Binomial Notes
Rock Pigeon Columba livia introduced
White-throated Pigeon Columba vitiensis extinct, Lord Howe Island
White-headed Pigeon Columba leucomela
Barbary Dove Streptopelia roseogrisea introduced
Red Collared Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica introduced, Christmas Island
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis introduced
Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis introduced
Brown Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia amboinensis
Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica
Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera
Brush Bronzewing Phaps elegans
Flock Bronzewing Phaps histrionica
Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes
Spinifex Pigeon Geophaps plumifera
Partridge Pigeon Geophaps smithii
Squatter Pigeon Geophaps scripta
White-quilled Rock-Pigeon Petrophassa albipennis
Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon Petrophassa rufipennis
Diamond Dove Geopelia cuneata
Peaceful Dove Geopelia striata
Bar-shouldered Dove Geopelia humeralis
Wonga Pigeon Leucosarcia picata
Norfolk Island Ground-Dove Gallicolumba norfolciensis extinct, Norfolk Island
Banded Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus cinctus
Wompoo Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus magnificus
Superb Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus superbus
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus regina
Orange-bellied Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus iozonus vagrant, Torres Strait
Elegant Imperial-Pigeon Ducula concinna vagrant
Christmas Island Imperial Pigeon Ducula whartoni Christmas Island
Collared Imperial-Pigeon Ducula mullerii vagrant, Torres Strait
Torresian Imperial-pigeon Ducula spilorrhoa
Topknot Pigeon Lopholaimus antarcticus
New Zealand Pigeon Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae locally extinct, Norfolk Island


Order: Podargiformes. Family: Podargidae

The frogmouths are a distinctive group of small nocturnal birds related to swifts found from India across southern Asia to Australia. Three species are found in Australia.

Tawny Frogmouth

Common name Binomial Notes
Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides
Papuan Frogmouth Podargus papuensis
Marbled Frogmouth Podargus ocellatus


Order: Caprimulgiformes Families: Eurostopodidae and Caprimulgidae

Common name Binomial Notes
White-throated Nightjar Eurostopodus mystacalis
Spotted Nightjar Eurostopodus argus
Large-tailed Nightjar Caprimulgus macrurus
Savanna Nightjar Caprimulgus affinis vagrant, Christmas Island
Grey Nightjar Caprimulgus indicus vagrant, Ashmore Reef


Order: Aegotheliformes. Family: Aegothelidae

The owlet-nightjars are a distinctive group of small nocturnal birds related to swifts found from the Maluku Islands and New Guinea to Australia and New Caledonia. There are eleven species, one of which is found in Australia.

Australian Owlet-nightjar

Common name Binomial Notes
Australian Owlet-nightjar Aegotheles cristatus


Order: Apodiformes. Family: Apodidae

Swifts are small aerial birds, spending the majority of their lives flying. These birds have very short legs and never settle voluntarily on the ground, perching instead only on vertical surfaces. Many swifts have long swept-back wings that resemble a crescent or a boomerang. There are 98 species worldwide, with eight recorded in Australian territory, four of which are vagrants.

Common name Binomial Notes
Glossy Swiftlet Collocalia esculenta vagrant
Linchi Swiftlet Collocalia linchi Christmas Island
Australian Swiftlet Aerodramus terraereginae
Uniform Swiftlet Aerodramus vanikorensis vagrant
White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus
Papuan Spine-tailed Swift Mearnsia novaeguineae vagrant, Torres Strait
Fork-tailed Swift Apus pacificus
House Swift Apus affinis vagrant


Order: Procellariiformes. Family: Hydrobatidae

The storm-petrels are the smallest of seabirds, relatives of the petrels, feeding on planktonic crustaceans and small fish picked from the surface, typically while hovering. Their flight is fluttering and sometimes bat-like. One species has been regularly recorded in Tasmania's waters, and two more are vagrants.

Common name Binomial Notes
Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel Hydrobates monorhis vagrant
Leach's Storm-Petrel Hydrobates leucorhoa vagrant
Tristram's Storm-Petrel Hydrobates tristrami vagrant
Matsudaira's Storm-Petrel Hydrobates matsudairae vagrant
Polynesian Storm-petrel Nesofregetta fuliginosa vagrant
Wilson's Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus
Grey-backed Storm-Petrel Garrodia nereis
White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina
Black-bellied Storm-Petrel Fregetta tropica
White-bellied Storm-Petrel Fregetta grallaria


Order: Procellariiformes. Family: Diomedeidae

The albatrosses are a family of 21 species of large seabird found across the Southern and North Pacific Oceans. The largest are among the largest flying birds in the world. Nine species are regularly seen in Australian waters, with another recorded as a vagrant.

Shy Albatross

Common name Binomial Notes
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans
Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora
Laysan Albatross Phoebastria immutabilis vagrant
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris
Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta
Grey-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma
Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororhynchos
Buller's Albatross Thalassarche bulleri
Sooty Albatross Phoebetria fusca
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata

Fulmars, petrels and shearwaters

Order: Procellariiformes. Family: Procellariidae

Short-tailed Shearwater

The procellariids are the main group of medium-sized "true petrels", characterized by united nostrils with medium nasal septum, and a long outer functional primary flight feather. 51 species have been recorded from Australian waters.

Common name Binomial Notes
Southern Giant-Petrel Macronectes giganteus
Northern Giant-Petrel Macronectes halli
Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides
Antarctic Petrel Thalassoica antarctica
Cape Petrel Daption capense
Snow Petrel Pagodroma nivea vagrant, Heard Island
Blue Petrel Halobaena caerulea
Broad-billed Prion Pachyptila vittata
Salvin's Prion Pachyptila salvini
Antarctic Prion Pachyptila desolata
Slender-billed Prion Pachyptila belcheri
Fairy Prion Pachyptila turtur
Fulmar Prion Pachyptila crassirostris vagrant; Heard Island
White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis
Westland Petrel Procellaria westlandica vagrant
Black Petrel Procellaria parkinsoni
Grey Petrel Procellaria cinerea
Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii vagrant
Jouanin's Petrel Bulweria fallax vagrant
Wedge-tailed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica
Buller's Shearwater Ardenna bulleri
Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes
Pink-footed Shearwater Ardenna creatopus vagrant
Great Shearwater Ardenna gravis vagrant
Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea
Short-tailed Shearwater Ardenna tenuirostris
Streaked Shearwater Calonectris leucomelas
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus vagrant
Newell's Shearwater Puffinus newelli vagrant
Fluttering Shearwater Puffinus gavia
Hutton's Shearwater Puffinus huttoni
Audubon's Shearwater Puffinus lherminieri vagrant
Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis
Tahiti Petrel Pseudobulweria rostrata
Kerguelen Petrel Lugensa brevirostris
Barau's Petrel Pterodroma baraui vagrant
Juan Fernandez Petrel Pterodroma externa vagrant
Kermadec Petrel Pterodroma neglecta vagrant; Lord Howe Island; Norfolk Island
Herald Petrel Pterodroma heraldica
Soft-plumaged Petrel Pterodroma mollis
White-headed Petrel Pterodroma lessonii
Great-winged Petrel Pterodroma macroptera
Providence Petrel Pterodroma solandri
Mottled Petrel Pterodroma inexpectata
Gould's Petrel Pterodroma leucoptera
Cook's Petrel Pterodroma cookii vagrant
White-necked Petrel Pterodroma cervicalis vagrant; Norfolk Island
Vanuatu Petrel Pterodroma occulta vagrant
Black-winged Petrel Pterodroma nigripennis
Atlantic Petrel Pterodroma incerta vagrant
Common Diving-Petrel Pelecanoides urinatrix
South Georgian Diving-Petrel Pelecanoides georgicus vagrant; Macquarie Island; Heard Island


Order: Sphenisciformes. Family: Spheniscidae

A wild Little Penguin returning to its burrow to feed its chicks on Bruny Island

Penguins are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere, especially in Antarctica. One species breeds on the Australian coast, while another ten have been recorded as vagrants.

Common name Binomial Notes
King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus vagrant; Macquarie Island; Heard Island
Emperor Penguin Aptenodytes forsteri vagrant, Heard Island
Gentoo Penguin Pygoscelis papua vagrant; Macquarie Island; Heard Island
Adelie Penguin Pygoscelis adeliae vagrant, Macquarie Island, Heard Island
Chinstrap Penguin Pygoscelis antarcticus vagrant
Rockhopper Penguin Eudyptes chrysocome vagrant; Macquarie Island; Heard Island
Fiordland Penguin Eudyptes pachyrhynchus vagrant
Erect-crested Penguin Eudyptes sclateri vagrant
Macaroni Penguin Eudyptes chrysolophus vagrant; Macquarie Island; Heard Island
Little Penguin Eudyptula minor
Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus vagrant


Order: Pelecaniformes. Family: Fregatidae

Great Frigatebird

Common name Binomial Notes
Lesser Frigatebird Fregata ariel
Great Frigatebird Fregata minor
Christmas Island Frigatebird Fregata andrewsi vagrant; Christmas Island

Boobies and gannets

Order: Pelecaniformes. Family: Sulidae

The sulids comprise the gannets and boobies. Both groups are medium-large coastal seabirds that plunge-dive for fish.Six species have been recorded from Australian territory.

Common name Binomial Notes
Abbott's Booby Papasula abbotti vagrant; Christmas Island
Cape Gannet Morus capensis vagrant
Australasian Gannet Morus serrator
Masked Booby Sula dactylatra
Red-footed Booby Sula sula
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster


Order: Pelecaniformes. Family: Anhingidae

Darters are cormorant-like water birds with long necks and long, straight bills. They often swim with only the neck above water, and are fish-eaters. One species is found in Australia.

Common name Binomial Notes
Australasian Darter Anhinga novaehollandiae


Order: Pelecaniformes. Family: Phalacrocoracidae

Cormorants are medium-to-large aquatic birds, usually with mainly dark plumage and areas of colored skin on the face. The bill is long, thin, and sharply hooked. Their feet are four-toed and webbed, a distinguishing feature among the Pelecaniformes order. Six species occur in Australian territory, with a seventh as a vagrant.

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Little Pied Cormorant

Common name Binomial Notes
Little Pied Cormorant Microcarbo melanoleucos
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax varius
Black-faced Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscescens
Imperial Shag Leucocarbo atriceps Macquarie Island, Heard Island
Kerguelen Shag Leucocarbo verrucosus vagrant


Order: Pelecaniformes. Family: Pelecanidae

Pelicans are large water birds with a distinctive pouch under the bill. Like other birds in the order Pelecaniformes, they have four webbed toes. One species has been recorded in Australia.

Common name Binomial Notes
Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus


Order: Ciconiiformes. Family: Ciconiidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus

Bitterns, herons and egrets

Order: Ciconiiformes. Family: Ardeidae

White-necked Heron

Australian Little Egret

Common name Binomial Notes
Australasian Bittern Botaurus poiciloptilus
Australian Little Bittern Ixobrychus dubius
Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis vagrant
Schrenck's Bittern Ixobrychus eurhythmus vagrant, Christmas Island
Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus vagrant, Christmas Island
Black Bittern Ixobrychus flavicollis
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea vagrant
White-necked Heron Ardea pacifica
Eastern Great Egret Ardea modesta
Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia
Great-billed Heron Ardea sumatrana
Cattle Egret Ardea ibis
Striated Heron Butorides striatus
Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus vagrant, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Javan Pond Heron Ardeola speciosa vagrant
Pied Heron Egretta picata
White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Eastern Reef Egret Egretta sacra
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax vagrant, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Nankeen Night Heron Nycticorax caledonicus
Malayan Night Heron Gorsachius melanolophus vagrant, Christmas Island

Ibis and spoonbills

Order: Ciconiiformes. Family: Threskiornithidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca
Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis
Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia
Yellow-billed Spoonbill Platalea flavipes

Hawks, kites and eagles

Order: Acciptriformes. Family: Accipitridae

Grey Goshawk

Common name Binomial Notes
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus axillaris
Letter-winged Kite Elanus scriptus
Square-tailed Kite Lophoictinia isura
Black-breasted Buzzard Hamirostra melanosternon
Oriental Honey-buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus vagrant
Pacific Baza Aviceda subcristata
White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster
Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus
Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus
Black Kite Milvus migrans
Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatus
Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrocephalus
Variable Goshawk Accipiter hiogaster Christmas Island
Grey Goshawk Accipiter novaehollandiae
Spotted Harrier Circus assimilis
Swamp Harrier Circus approximans
Red Goshawk Erythrotriorchis radiatus
Gurney's Eagle Aquila gurneyi vagrant, Torres Strait
Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax
Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides


Order: Acciptriformes. Family: Pandionidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Eastern Osprey Pandion haliaetus / Pandion cristatus


Order: Falconiformes. Family: Falconidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroides
Brown Falcon Falco berigora
Australian Hobby Falco longipennis
Grey Falcon Falco hypoleucos
Black Falcon Falco subniger
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus


Order: Gruiformes. Family: Gruidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Sarus Crane Grus antigone
Brolga Grus rubicunda

Rails, crakes, and coots

Order: Gruiformes. Family: Rallidae

Purple Swamphen

Common name Binomial Notes
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
White Gallinule Porphyrio albus extinct, Lord Howe Island
Chestnut Rail Eulabeornis castaneoventris
Red-necked Crake Rallina tricolor
Red-legged Crake Rallina fasciata vagrant
Lewin's Rail Lewinia pectoralis
Buff-banded Rail Gallirallus philippensis
Lord Howe Woodhen Gallirallus sylvestris Lord Howe Island
Corncrake Crex crex vagrant
Baillon's Crake Porzana pusilla
Australian Spotted Crake Porzana fluminea
Ruddy-breasted Crake Porzana fusca vagrant, Christmas Island
Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis
White-browed Crake Amaurornis cinerea
Pale-vented Bush-hen Amaurornis moluccana
White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus vagrant, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Watercock Gallicrex cinerea vagrant, Christmas Island
Black-tailed Native-hen Tribonyx ventralis
Tasmanian Native-hen Tribonyx mortierii
Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra


Order: Gruiformes. Family: Otididae

Common name Binomial Notes
Australian Bustard Ardeotis australis


Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Chionididae

Common name Binomial Notes
Black-faced Sheathbill Chionis minor Heard Island

Stone-curlews (thick-knees)

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Burhinidae

Bush Stone-curlew

Common name Binomial Notes
Bush Stone-curlew Burhinus grallarius
Beach Stone-curlew Esacus magnirostris


Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Haematopodidae

Common name Binomial Notes
South Island Pied Oystercatcher Haematopus finschi vagrant
Australian Pied Oystercatcher Haematopus longirostris
Sooty Oystercatcher Haematopus fuliginosus

Avocets and stilts

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Recurvirostridae

Common name Binomial Notes
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae
Banded Stilt Cladorhynchus leucocephalus

Plovers and lapwings

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Charadriidae

Masked Lapwing

Common name Binomial Notes
Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva
American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominicus vagrant
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula vagrant
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius vagrant
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus vagrant
Red-capped Plover Charadrius ruficapillus
Double-banded Plover Charadrius bicinctus
Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus
Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii
Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus vagrant
Oriental Plover Charadrius veredus
Inland Dotterel Charadrius australis
Black-fronted Dotterel Elseyornis melanops
Hooded Plover Thinornis rubricollis
Red-kneed Dotterel Erythrogonys cinctus
Banded Lapwing Vanellus tricolor
Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles
Grey-headed Lapwing Vanellus cinereus vagrant

Plains Wanderer

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Pedionomidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Plains Wanderer Pedionomus torquatus


Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Jacanidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Comb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea
Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus vagrant

Painted Snipe

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Rostratulidae

Australian Painted Snipe

Common name Binomial Notes
Australian Painted Snipe Rostratula australis

Waders or shorebirds

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Scolopacidae


Common name Binomial Notes
Latham's Snipe Gallinago hardwickii
Pin-tailed Snipe Gallinago stenura vagrant; Christmas Island
Swinhoe's Snipe Gallinago megala
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica vagrant
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
Little Curlew Numenius minutus
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis
Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda vagrant
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus vagrant
Grey-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes
Wandering Tattler Tringa incana
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus vagrant
Nordmann's Greenshank Tringa guttifer vagrant
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes vagrant
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Asian Dowitcher Limnodromus semipalmatus
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus vagrant
Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
Red Knot Calidris canutus
Sanderling Calidris alba
Little Stint Calidris minuta
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis vagrant
Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii vagrant
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata
Dunlin Calidris alpina vagrant
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus vagrant
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis vagrant
Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus
Ruff Philomachus pugnax
Wilson's Phalarope Steganopus tricolor vagrant
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius vagrant


Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Turnicidae

Black-breasted Button-quail

Common name Binomial Notes
Red-backed Button-quail Turnix maculosus
Black-breasted Button-quail Turnix melanogaster
Chestnut-backed Button-quail Turnix castanotus
Buff-breasted Button-quail Turnix olivii
Painted Button-quail Turnix varius
Red-chested Button-quail Turnix pyrrhothorax
Little Button-quail Turnix velox


Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Glareolidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum
Australian Pratincole Stiltia isabella


Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Stercorariidae

Common name Binomial Notes
South Polar Skua Stercorarius maccormicki
Brown Skua Stercorarius antarcticus
Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus
Arctic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicauda

Gulls and terns

Order: Charadriiformes. Family: Laridae

Little Tern with Crested Terns

Pacific Gull

Common name Binomial Notes
Common Noddy Anous stolidus
Black Noddy Anous minutus
Lesser Noddy Anous tenuirostris
White Tern Gygis alba vagrant; Lord Howe Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Norfolk Island
Grey Ternlet Procelsterna cerulea vagrant; Lord Howe Island; Norfolk Island
Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus
Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscata
Little Tern Sternula albifrons
Fairy Tern Sternula nereis
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida
White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
Black Tern Chlidonias niger vagrant
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii
White-fronted Tern Sterna striata
Black-naped Tern Sterna sumatrana
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
Antarctic Tern Sterna vittata vagrant; Macquarie Island; Heard Island
Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis
Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii
Pacific Gull Larus pacificus
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus vagrant, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
Mew Gull Larus canus vagrant, Christmas Island
Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris vagrant
Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla vagrant
Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan vagrant
Silver Gull Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus vagrant
Sabine's Gull Xema sabini vagrant

Parrots and allies

Order: Psittaciformes Families: Strigopidae, Cacatuidae and Psittacidae


Australian King Parrot

Eastern Rosella (female)

File:Red-rumped Parrot.jpg

Red-rumped Parrot

Common name Binomial Notes
Norfolk Island Kaka Nestor productus extinct, Norfolk Island
Palm Cockatoo Probosciger aterrimus
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii
Glossy Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus
Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus latirostris
Baudin's Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus baudinii
Gang-gang Cockatoo Callocephalon fimbriatum
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo Lophochroa leadbeateri
Galah Eolophus roseicapilla
Long-billed Corella Cacatua tenuirostris
Western Corella Cacatua pastinator
Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
Cockatiel Nymphicus hollandicus
Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus
Varied Lorikeet Psitteuteles versicolor
Musk Lorikeet Glossopsitta concinna
Little Lorikeet Glossopsitta pusilla
Purple-crowned Lorikeet Glossopsitta porphyrocephala
Double-eyed Fig-Parrot Cyclopsitta diophthalma
Eclectus Parrot Eclectus roratus
Red-cheeked Parrot Geoffroyus geoffroyi
Australian King-Parrot Alisterus scapularis
Red-winged Parrot Aprosmictus erythropterus
Superb Parrot Polytelis swainsonii
Regent Parrot Polytelis anthopeplus
Princess Parrot Polytelis alexandrae
Green Rosella Platycercus caledonicus
Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans
Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius
Pale-headed Rosella Platycercus adscitus
Northern Rosella Platycercus venustus
Western Rosella Platycercus icterotis
Australian Ringneck Barnardius zonarius
Red-capped Parrot Purpureicephalus spurius
Bluebonnet Northiella haematogaster
Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor
Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus
Mulga Parrot Psephotus varius
Golden-shouldered Parrot Psephotus chrysopterygius
Hooded Parrot Psephotus dissimilis
Paradise Parrot Psephotus pulcherrimus extinct
Tasman Parakeet Cyanoramphus cookii
Norfolk Island Green Parrot Norfolk Island locally extinct
Lord Howe Red-crowned Parakeet Lord Howe Island
Red-fronted Parakeet Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae locally extinct, Macquarie Island
Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus
Bourke's Parrot Neopsephotus bourkii
Blue-winged Parrot Neophema chrysostoma
Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans
Rock Parrot Neophema petrophila
Orange-bellied Parrot Neophema chrysogaster
Turquoise Parrot Neophema pulchella
Scarlet-chested Parrot Neophema splendida
Eastern Ground Parrot Pezoporus wallicus
Western Ground Parrot Pezoporus flaviventris
Night Parrot Pezoporus occidentalis


Order: Cuculiformes. Family: Cuculidae

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Channel-billed Cuckoo

Common name Binomial Notes
Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis vagrant, Ashmore Reef
Pheasant Coucal Centropus phasianinus
Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus vagrant, Christmas Island
Eastern Koel Eudynamys orientalis
Long-tailed Cuckoo Eudynamys taitensis Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island
Channel-billed Cuckoo Scythrops novaehollandiae
Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo Chalcites basalis
Black-eared Cuckoo Chalcites osculans
Shining Bronze Cuckoo Chalcites lucidus
Little Bronze Cuckoo Chalcites minutillus
Pallid Cuckoo Cacomantis pallidus
Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo Cacomantis castaneiventris
Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis
Brush Cuckoo Cacomantis variolosus
Oriental Cuckoo Cuculus optatus
Large Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparverioides vagrant, Christmas Island

True owls

Order: Strigiformes. Family: Strigidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Powerful Owl Ninox strenua
Rufous Owl Ninox rufa
Barking Owl Ninox connivens
Southern Boobook Ninox novaeseelandiae
Brown Hawk-Owl Ninox scutulata vagrant, Ashmore Reef
Christmas Island Hawk-Owl Ninox natalis Christmas Island
Buffy Fish-Owl Bubo ketupu vagrant, Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Barn owls

Order: Strigiformes. Family: Tytonidae

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Masked Owl

Common name Binomial Notes
Sooty Owl Tyto tenebricosa
Masked Owl Tyto novaehollandiae
Eastern Barn Owl Tyto javanica
Eastern Grass Owl Tyto longimembris

River kingfishers

Order: Coraciiformes. Family: Alcedinidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis vagrant, Christmas Island
Azure Kingfisher Ceyx azureus
Little Kingfisher Ceyx pusilla

Tree kingfishers

Order: Coraciiformes. Family: Halcyonidae

Laughing Kookaburra

Common name Binomial Notes
Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher Tanysiptera sylvia
Little Paradise-kingfisher Tanysiptera hydrocharis vagrant
Common Paradise-kingfisher Tanysiptera galatea vagrant
Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
Blue-winged Kookaburra Dacelo leachii
Yellow-billed Kingfisher Syma torotoro
Forest Kingfisher Todiramphus macleayii
Red-backed Kingfisher Todiramphus pyrrhopygia
Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus
Collared Kingfisher Todiramphus chloris
Black-capped Kingfisher Halcyon pileata vagrant


Order: Coraciiformes. Family: Meropidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Rainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus


Order: Coraciiformes. Family: Coraciidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis



Order: Passeriformes. Family: Pittidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Red-bellied Pitta Pitta erythrogaster
Blue-winged Pitta Pitta moluccensis vagrant
Noisy Pitta Pitta versicolor
Rainbow Pitta Pitta iris
Fairy Pitta Pitta nympha vagrant


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Menuridae

Superb Lyrebird

Common name Binomial Notes
Albert's Lyrebird Menura alberti
Superb Lyrebird Menura novaehollandiae


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Atrichornithidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Rufous Scrub-bird Atrichornis rufescens
Noisy Scrub-bird Atrichornis clamosus


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Climacteridae

Common name Binomial Notes
White-throated Treecreeper Cormobates leucophaea
White-browed Treecreeper Climacteris affinis
Red-browed Treecreeper Climacteris erythrops
Brown Treecreeper Climacteris picumnus
Black-tailed Treecreeper Climacteris melanura
Rufous Treecreeper Climacteris rufa

Bowerbirds and catbirds

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Ptilonorhynchidae

File:Regent Bowerbird head.jpg

Regent Bowerbird

Common name Binomial Notes
Spotted Catbird Ailuroedus melanotis
Green Catbird Ailuroedus crassirostris
Tooth-billed Bowerbird Scenopoeetes dentirostris
Golden Bowerbird Amblyornis newtonianus
Regent Bowerbird Sericulus chrysocephalus
Satin Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceus
Spotted Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus maculatus
Western Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus guttatus
Great Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus nuchalis
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus cerviniventris

Fairy-wrens, emu-wrens and grasswrens

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Maluridae

File:Variegated Fairy-wren male.jpg

Variegated Fairy-wren

Common name Binomial Notes
Superb Fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus
Splendid Fairy-wren Malurus splendens
Purple-crowned Fairy-wren Malurus coronatus
Red-backed Fairy-wren Malurus melanocephalus
White-winged Fairy-wren Malurus leucopterus
Variegated Fairy-wren Malurus lamberti
Lovely Fairy-wren Malurus amabilis
Blue-breasted Fairy-wren Malurus pulcherrimus
Red-winged Fairy-wren Malurus elegans
Southern Emu-wren Stipiturus malachurus
Mallee Emu-wren Stipiturus mallee
Rufous-crowned Emu-wren Stipiturus ruficeps
Grey Grasswren Amytornis barbatus
Striated Grasswren Amytornis striatus
Short-tailed Grasswren Amytornis merrotsyi
White-throated Grasswren Amytornis woodwardi
Carpentarian Grasswren Amytornis dorotheae
Thick-billed Grasswren Amytornis textilis
Dusky Grasswren Amytornis purnelli
Kalkadoon Grasswren Amytornis ballarae
Eyrean Grasswren Amytornis goyderi
Black Grasswren Amytornis housei


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Dasyornithidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Eastern Bristlebird Dasyornis brachypterus
Western Bristlebird Dasyornis longirostris
Rufous Bristlebird Dasyornis broadbenti

Scrubwrens, thornbills and allies

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Acanthizidae

File:White browed scrubwren.jpg

White-browed Scrubwren

File:Brown Thornbill.jpg

Brown Thornbill

Common name Binomial Notes
Pilotbird Pycnoptilus floccosus
Rockwarbler Origma solitaria
Fernwren Oreoscopus gutturalis
Yellow-throated Scrubwren Sericornis citreogularis
White-browed Scrubwren Sericornis frontalis
Tasmanian Scrubwren Sericornis humilis
Atherton Scrubwren Sericornis keri
Large-billed Scrubwren Sericornis magnirostra
Tropical Scrubwren Sericornis beccarii
Scrubtit Acanthornis magna
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren Hylacola pyrrhopygia
Shy Heathwren Hylacola cauta
Striated Fieldwren Calamanthus fuliginosus
Rufous Fieldwren Calamanthus campestris
Redthroat Pyrrholaemus brunneus
Speckled Warbler Chthonicola sagittatus
Weebill Smicrornis brevirostris
Brown Gerygone Gerygone mouki
Norfolk Island Gerygone Gerygone modesta Norfolk Island
Lord Howe Gerygone Gerygone insularis extinct, Lord Howe Island
Mangrove Gerygone Gerygone levigaster
Western Gerygone Gerygone fusca
Dusky Gerygone Gerygone tenebrosa
Large-billed Gerygone Gerygone magnirostris
Green-backed Gerygone Gerygone chloronota
Fairy Gerygone Gerygone palpebrosa
White-throated Gerygone Gerygone albogularis
Slaty-backed Thornbill Acanthiza robustirostris
Striated Thornbill Acanthiza lineata
Yellow Thornbill Acanthiza nana
Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza uropygialis
Buff-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza reguloides
Western Thornbill Acanthiza inornata
Slender-billed Thornbill Acanthiza iredalei
Tasmanian Thornbill Acanthiza ewingii
Inland Thornbill Acanthiza apicalis
Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla
Mountain Thornbill Acanthiza katherina
Southern Whiteface Aphelocephala leucopsis
Chestnut-breasted Whiteface Aphelocephala pectoralis
Banded Whiteface Aphelocephala nigricincta


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Pardalotidae

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Spotted Pardalote

Common name Binomial Notes
Spotted Pardalote Pardalotus punctatus
Forty-spotted Pardalote Pardalotus quadragintus
Red-browed Pardalote Pardalotus rubricatus
Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Meliphagidae

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Lewin's Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

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Little Friarbird

Common name Binomial Notes
Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris
Western Spinebill Acanthorhynchus superciliosus
Pied Honeyeater Certhionyx variegatus
Lewin's Honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater Meliphaga notata
Graceful Honeyeater Meliphaga gracilis
White-lined Honeyeater Meliphaga albilineata
Kimberley Honeyeater Meliphaga fordiana
Bridled Honeyeater Lichenostomus frenatus
Eungella Honeyeater Lichenostomus hindwoodi
Yellow-faced Honeyeater Lichenostomus chrysops
Singing Honeyeater Lichenostomus virescens
Varied Honeyeater Lichenostomus versicolor
Mangrove Honeyeater Lichenostomus fasciogularis
White-gaped Honeyeater Lichenostomus unicolor
Yellow Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavus
White-eared Honeyeater Lichenostomus leucotis
Yellow-throated Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavicollis
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater Lichenostomus melanops
Purple-gaped Honeyeater Lichenostomus cratitius
Grey-headed Honeyeater Lichenostomus keartlandi
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus ornatus
Grey-fronted Honeyeater Lichenostomus plumulus
Fuscous Honeyeater Lichenostomus fuscus
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater Lichenostomus flavescens
White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus
White-fronted Honeyeater Purnella albifrons
Bell Miner Manorina melanophrys
Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala
Black-eared Miner Manorina melanotis
Yellow-throated Miner Manorina flavigula
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Acanthagenys rufogularis
Western Wattlebird Anthochaera lunulata
Little Wattlebird Anthochaera chrysoptera
Regent Honeyeater Anthochaera phrygia
Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata
Yellow Wattlebird Anthochaera paradoxa
Brown-backed Honeyeater Ramsayornis modestus
Bar-breasted Honeyeater Ramsayornis fasciatus
Rufous-banded Honeyeater Conopophila albogularis
Rufous-throated Honeyeater Conopophila rufogularis
Grey Honeyeater Conopophila whitei
Black Honeyeater Sugomel niger
Dusky Honeyeater Myzomela obscura
Red-headed Honeyeater Myzomela erythrocephala
Scarlet Honeyeater Myzomela sanguinolenta
Green-backed Honeyeater Glycichaera fallax
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater Glyciphila melanops
Banded Honeyeater Cissomela pectoralis
Brown Honeyeater Lichmera indistincta
Crescent Honeyeater Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera
New Holland Honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
White-cheeked Honeyeater Phylidonyris nigra
White-streaked Honeyeater Trichodere cockerelli
Black-chinned Honeyeater Melithreptus gularis
Strong-billed Honeyeater Melithreptus validirostris
Brown-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus brevirostris
White-throated Honeyeater Melithreptus albogularis
White-naped Honeyeater Melithreptus lunatus
Black-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus affinis
Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis
Helmeted Friarbird Philemon buceroides
Silver-crowned Friarbird Philemon argenticeps
Noisy Friarbird Philemon corniculatus
Little Friarbird Philemon citreogularis
Macleay's Honeyeater Xanthotis macleayana
Tawny-breasted Honeyeater Xanthotis flaviventer
Striped Honeyeater Plectorhyncha lanceolata
Painted Honeyeater Grantiella picta
Crimson Chat Epthianura tricolor
Orange Chat Epthianura aurifrons
Yellow Chat Epthianura crocea
White-fronted Chat Epthianura albifrons
Gibberbird Ashbyia lovensis


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Pomatostomidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis
Hall's Babbler Pomatostomus halli
White-browed Babbler Pomatostomus superciliosus
Chestnut-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus ruficeps

Logrunner and chowchilla

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Orthonychidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Australian Logrunner Orthonyx temminckii
Chowchilla Orthonyx spaldingii

Quail-thrush, whipbirds and wedgebills

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Psophodidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Spotted Quail-thrush Cinclosoma punctatum
Chestnut Quail-thrush Cinclosoma castanotum
Cinnamon Quail-thrush Cinclosoma cinnamomeum
Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush Cinclosoma castaneothorax
Eastern Whipbird Psophodes olivaceus
Western Whipbird Psophodes nigrogularis
Chirruping Wedgebill Psophodes cristatus
Chiming Wedgebill Psophodes occidentalis


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Neosittidae

Varied Sittella

Common name Binomial Notes
Varied Sittella Daphoenositta chrysoptera

Cuckoo-shrikes and trillers

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Campephagidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Ground Cuckoo-shrike Coracina maxima
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Coracina novaehollandiae
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike Coracina papuensis
Barred Cuckoo-shrike Coracina lineata
Cicadabird Coracina tenuirostris
White-winged Triller Lalage sueurii
Varied Triller Lalage leucomela
Long-tailed Triller Lalage leucopyga extinct, Norfolk Island

Whistlers and allies

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Pachycephalidae

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Golden Whistler

Common name Binomial Notes
Crested Shrike-tit Falcunculus frontatus
Olive Whistler Pachycephala olivacea
Red-lored Whistler Pachycephala rufogularis
Gilbert's Whistler Pachycephala inornata
Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis
Mangrove Golden Whistler Pachycephala melanura
Grey Whistler Pachycephala simplex
Rufous Whistler Pachycephala rufiventris
White-breasted Whistler Pachycephala lanioides
Little Shrike-thrush Colluricincla megarhyncha
Bower's Shrike-thrush Colluricincla boweri
Sandstone Shrike-thrush Colluricincla woodwardi
Grey Shrike-thrush Colluricincla harmonica
Crested Bellbird Oreoica gutturalis

Figbird and orioles

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Oriolidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Australasian Figbird Sphecotheres vieilloti
Yellow Oriole Oriolus flavocinctus
Olive-backed Oriole Oriolus sagittatus

Currawongs, woodswallows, butcherbirds & allies

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Artamidae

Black Currawong

Common name Binomial Notes
White-breasted Woodswallow Artamus leucorynchus
Masked Woodswallow Artamus personatus
White-browed Woodswallow Artamus superciliosus
Black-faced Woodswallow Artamus cinereus
Dusky Woodswallow Artamus cyanopterus
Little Woodswallow Artamus minor
Black Butcherbird Cracticus quoyi
Grey Butcherbird Cracticus torquatus
Black-backed Butcherbird Cracticus mentalis
Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis
Australian Magpie Cracticus tibicen
Pied Currawong Strepera graculina
Black Currawong Strepera fuliginosa
Grey Currawong Strepera versicolor


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Dicruridae

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Spangled Drongo

Common name Binomial Notes
Spangled Drongo Dicrurus bracteatus


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Rhipiduridae

Common name Binomial Notes
Rufous Fantail Rhipidura rufifrons
Arafura Fantail Rhipidura dryas
New Zealand Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa extinct, Lord Howe Island
Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa
Mangrove Grey Fantail Rhipidura phasiana
Northern Fantail Rhipidura rufiventris
Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Laniidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus vagrant, Christmas Island
Tiger Shrike Lanius tigrinus vagrant

Magpie, crows and ravens

File:Corvus mellori.jpg

Little Raven

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Corvidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Australian Raven Corvus coronoides
Forest Raven Corvus tasmanicus
Little Raven Corvus mellori
Little Crow Corvus bennetti
Torresian Crow Corvus orru
House Crow Corvus splendens vagrant

Monarch Flycatchers

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Monarchidae

File:Leaden Flycatcher - male.jpg

Leaden Flycatcher

Common name Binomial Notes
Broad-billed Flycatcher Myiagra ruficollis
Leaden Flycatcher Myiagra rubecula
Satin Flycatcher Myiagra cyanoleuca
Shining Flycatcher Myiagra alecto
Restless Flycatcher Myiagra inquieta
White-eared Monarch Carterornis leucotis
Black-faced Monarch Monarcha melanopsis
Black-winged Monarch Monarcha frater
Island Monarch Monarcha cinerascens vagrant, Ashmore Reef
Spectacled Monarch Monarcha trivirgatus
Magpie-Lark Grallina cyanoleuca
Frilled Monarch Arses telescophthalmus
Pied Monarch Arses kaupi
Yellow-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus flaviventer

Chough and apostlebird

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Corcoracidae

Common name Binomial Notes
White-winged Chough Corcorax melanorhamphos
Apostlebird Struthidea cinerea

Birds of Paradise, riflebirds

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Paradisaeidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Trumpet Manucode Phonygammus keraudrenii
Paradise Riflebird Ptiloris paradiseus
Victoria's Riflebird Ptiloris victoriae
Magnificent Riflebird Ptiloris magnificus

Australasian robins

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Petroicidae

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Eastern Yellow Robin

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Rose Robin

Common name Binomial Notes
Jacky Winter Microeca fascinans
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher Microeca flavigaster
Yellow-legged Flycatcher Microeca griseoceps
Pacific Robin Petroica multicolor
Scarlet Robin Petroica boodang
Red-capped Robin Petroica goodenovii
Flame Robin Petroica phoenicea
Rose Robin Petroica rosea
Pink Robin Petroica rodinogaster
Hooded Robin Melanodryas cucullata
Dusky Robin Melanodryas vittata
Pale-yellow Robin Tregellasia capito
White-faced Robin Tregellasia leucops
Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis
Western Yellow Robin Eopsaltria griseogularis
White-breasted Robin Eopsaltria georgiana
Mangrove Robin Peneonanthe pulverulenta
Grey-headed Robin Heteromyias cinereifrons
White-browed Robin Poecilodryas superciliosa
Buff-sided Robin Poecilodryas cerviniventris
Northern Scrub-robin Drymodes superciliaris
Southern Scrub-robin Drymodes brunneopygia


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Alaudidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Horsfield's Bushlark Mirafra javanica
Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis introduced

Cisticolas and allies

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Cisticolidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Acrocephalidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Australian Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus australis
Oriental Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus orientalis vagrant

Grassbirds, songlarks and allies

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Megaluridae

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Little Grassbird

Common name Binomial Notes
Tawny Grassbird Megalurus timoriensis
Little Grassbird Megalurus gramineus
Rufous Songlark Cincloramphus mathewsi
Brown Songlark Cincloramphus cruralis
Spinifexbird Eremiornis carteri


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Zosteropidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Christmas Island White-eye Zosterops natalis Christmas Island
Pale White-eye Zosterops citrinella
Yellow White-eye Zosterops luteus
Silvereye Zosterops lateralis
Robust White-eye Zosterops strenuus Lord Howe Island, extinct
Slender-billed White-eye Zosterops tenuirostris Norfolk Island
White-chested White-eye Zosterops albogularis Norfolk Island, possibly extinct

Old World warblers

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Sylviidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Middendorff's Grasshopper-warbler Locustella ochotensis vagrant - Ashmore Reef
Pallas's Grasshopper-warbler Locustella certhiola vagrant - Christmas Island


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Phylloscopidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis vagrant
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus vagrant


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Hirundinidae

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Fairy Martin

Common name Binomial Notes
White-backed Swallow Cheramoeca leucosternus
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
Fairy Martin Petrochelidon ariel
Tree Martin Petrochelidon nigricans
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica vagrant
Asian House Martin Delichon dasypus vagrant, Christmas Island


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Pycnonotidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus introduced

Old World flycatchers

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Muscicapidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius vagrant
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina vagrant
Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina vagrant
Blue-and-white Flycatcher Cyanoptila cyanomelana vagrant
Dark-sided Flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica vagrant
Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica vagrant

Thrushes and allies

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Turdidae

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Bassian Thrush

Common name Binomial Notes
Bassian Thrush Zoothera lunulata
Russet-tailed Thrush Zoothera heinei
Blackbird Turdus merula introduced
Island Thrush Turdus poliocephalus Christmas Island
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos introduced


Order: Passeriformes. Family: Sturnidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Singing Starling Aplornis cantoroides Torres Strait
Tasman Starling Aplornis fusca extinct, Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island
Metallic Starling Aplornis metallica
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris introduced
Purple-backed Starling Sturnus sturninus vagrant, Christmas Island
Rosy Starling Sturnus roseus vagrant
Common Myna Sturnus tristis introduced

Sunbirds and spiderhunters

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Nectariniidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Red-capped Flowerpecker Dicaeum geelvinkianum Torres Strait
Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum
Olive-backed Sunbird Nectarinia jugularis

Australasian finches, firetails and waxbills

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Estrildidae

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Double-barred Finch

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Red-browed Finch

Common name Binomial Notes
Zebra Finch Taeniopygia guttata
Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii
Long-tailed Finch Poephila acuticauda
Black-throated Finch Poephila cincta
Masked Finch Poephila personata
Crimson Finch Neochmia phaeton
Star Finch Neochmia ruficauda
Plum-headed Finch Neochmia modesta
Red-browed Finch Neochmia temporalis
Diamond Firetail Stagonopleura guttata
Beautiful Firetail Stagonopleura bella
Red-eared Firetail Stagonopleura oculata
Painted Finch Emblema pictum
Blue-faced Parrot-Finch Erythrura trichroa
Gouldian Finch Erythrura gouldiae
Nutmeg Mannikin Lonchura punctulata introduced
Pale-headed Munia Lonchura pallida vagrant, Ashmore Reef
Yellow-rumped Mannikin Lonchura flaviprymna
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin Lonchura castaneothorax
Java Sparrow Lonchura oryzivora introduced, Christmas Island
Pictorella Mannikin Heteromunia pectoralis

Old World sparrows

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Passeridae

Common name Binomial Notes
House Sparrow Passer domesticus introduced
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus introduced

Wagtails and pipits

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Motacillidae

Australasian Pipit chicks

Common name Binomial Notes
Australasian Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus vagrant
Pechora Pipit Anthus gustavi vagrant, Ashmore Reef
Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis
Green-headed Yellow Wagtail Motacilla taivana
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola vagrant
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea vagrant
White Wagtail Motacilla alba vagrant

Finches, crossbills and allies

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Fringillidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs introduced vagrant, Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island
European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis introduced
Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea introduced vagrant, Lord Howe Island, Macquarie Island
European Greenfinch Chloris chloris introduced

Buntings, seedeaters and allies

Order: Passeriformes. Family: Emberizidae

Common name Binomial Notes
Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella vagrant, Lord Howe Island


  1. ^ Christidis, Leslie; Boles, Walter (2008). Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds. Melbourne: CSIRO. ISBN 978-0-643-09602-8. 
  2. ^ Christidis, Leslie; Boles, Walter (1994). The Taxonomy and Species of Birds of Australia and its Territories. Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union. ISBN 978-1-875122-06-6. 
  3. ^ "Birds Australia Checklist". Birds Australia. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 

See also

  • Birds of Australia, including links to state and local lists
  • List of birds of Antarctica
  • List of birds of New Zealand
  • List of birds of Papua New Guinea
  • List of birds of Indonesia
  • Lists of birds by region, including Oceania and Asia
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