Australasian Birds

I hope to include birds from Australia and, eventually, New Zealand in this section.

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In order to help regular readers, I have noted the date of posting or most recent update for each species.

In December 2014, I changed the taxonomic order for the Non-Passerines to that used by the HBW and Birdlife international Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volume 1. I have also adopted both the English and scientific names used by that publication.


Cassowaries & Emus - Casuariidae:
Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) July 2012
Common Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) March 2007

Megapodes - Megapodiidae:
Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami) March 2012
Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt) January 2011

Partridges, Pheasants, Grouse - Phasianidae:
Brown Quail (Synoicus ypsilophorus) June 2015

Magpie Goose - Anseranatidae:
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata) April 2015

Ducks, Geese, Swans - Anatidae:
Plumed Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna eytoni) July 2015
Wandering Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna arcuata) July 2015
Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis) May 2006
Musk Duck (Biziura lobata) October 2006
Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus) December 2013
Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) October 2006
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) March 2007
Radjah Shelduck (Radjah radjah) January 2015
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides) July 2006
Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus) February 2014
Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata) May 2015
Hardhead (Aythya australis) October 2006
Australasian Shoveler (Spatula rhynchotis) August 2006
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) April 2015
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) April 2015
Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea) August 2006

Grebes - Podicipedidae:
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) January 2015
Hoary-headed Grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus) May 2006
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) May 2006

Pigeons - Columbidae:
Rock Dove (Columba livia) May 2015
White-headed Pigeon (Columba leucomela) October 2012
Eastern Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis) June 2006
Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis) January 2015
Brown Cuckoo-dove (Macropygia phasianella) January 2011
Wonga Pigeon (Leucosarcia melanoleuca) September 2007
Squatter Pigeon (Geophaps scripta) November 2013
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera) March 2014
Brush Bronzewing (Phaps elegans) March 2014
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) March 2011
Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata) November 2013
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida) November 2013
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis) November 2013
Brown-capped Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps longirostris) August 2012
Torresian Imperial-pigeon (Ducula spilorrhoa) January 2013
Wompoo Fruit-dove (Megaloprepia magnifica) August 2011
Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus) January 2011

Frogmouths - CasuariidaePodargidae:
Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis) July 2011
Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) July 2011

Swifts - Apodidae:
White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus) May 2007
Australian Swiftlet (Aerodramus terraereginae) October 2012

Cuckoos - Cuculidae:
Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) August 2012
Eastern Koel (Eudynamys orientalis) February 2013
Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae) August 2011
Shining Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites lucidus) October 2006
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis) May 2015

Rails and Coots - Rallidae:
Red-necked Crake (Rallina tricolor) August 2011
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) May 2014
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) November 2013
Tasmanian Native-hen (Tribonyx mortierii) April 2007

Cranes - Gruidae:
Sarus Crane (Antigone antigone) November 2013
Brolga (Antigone rubicunda) November 2013

Bustards - Otididae:
Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis) June 2012

Storks - Ciconiidae:
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) November 2013

Ibises - Threskiornithidae:
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes) March 2014
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) March 2014
Australian Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) January 2015
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) January 2015
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) March 2014

Herons - Ardeidae:
Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis) December 2013
Rufous Night-heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) February 2014
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) July 2012
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica) April 2015
Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana) April 2015
Great White Egret (Ardea alba) July 2012
Plumed Egret (Ardea plumifera) July 2015
Pied Heron (Egretta picata) April 2015
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) March 2007
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) July 2015
Pacific Reef-egret (Egretta sacra) July 2015

Pelicans - Pelicanidae:
Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) March 2014

Gannets and Boobies - Sulidae:
Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator) October 2007
Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) September 2011

Cormorants - Phalacrocoracidae:
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) March 2014
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) July 2011
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) May 2006
Black-faced Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscescens) May 2006
Great Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius) May 2006

Darters - Anhingidae:
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) April 2015

Thick-knees - Burhinidae:
Bush Thick-knee (Burhinus grallarius) July 2012

Oystercatchers - Haematopodidae:
Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris) April 2007
Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus) April 2007

Stilts and Avocets - Recurvirostridae:
Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) March 2007
Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae) May 2006
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) December 2013

Plovers and Lapwings - Charadriidae:
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) May 2006
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus) October 2006
Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus) August 2012
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii) August 2012
Hooded Plover (Thinornis cucullatus) July 2006
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops) July 2015
Banded Lapwing (Vanellus tricolor) July 2006
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) April 2015
Black-shouldered Lapwing (Vanellus novaehollandiae) April 2015
Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus) November 2013

Jacanas - Jacanidae:
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea) December 2013

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) March 2011
Far-eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) September 2022
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) December 2013
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) September 2007
Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris) July 2012
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) October 2006
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) July 2012
Asian Dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus) December 2013
Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus) February 2012
Common Sandpiper (Actitus hypoleucos) April 2015
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes) December 2013
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) July 2006

Coursers and Pratincoles - Glareolidae:
Australian Pratincole (Stiltia isabella) January 2015

Gulls and Terns - Laridae:
Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) May 2012
Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae) December 2013
Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus) July 2007
Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) July 2007
Sooty Tern (Onychoprion fuscatus) September 2011
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) September 2011
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) January 2015
Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) May 2015
Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus benegalensis) September 2011
Greater Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) January 2015

Osprey - CasuariidaePandionidae:
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) February 2014

Kites, Hawks and Eagles - Accipitridae:
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) January 2013
Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata) June 2012
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) October 2006
Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) March 2007
Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae) February 2012
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus) July 2006
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus) April 2015
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) December 2013
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) May 2007
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) December 2013
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) January 2011

Bee-eaters - Meropidae:
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) January 2014

Rollers - Coraciidae:
Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) November 2013

Kingfishers - Alcedinidae:
Little Kingfisher (Ceyx pusillus) April 2015
Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus) April 2015
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) October 2011
Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) October 2011
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) November 2012
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii) November 2012

Falcons - Falconidae:
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) November 2013
Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis) April 2007
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) November 2013

Cockatoos - Cacatuidae:
Red-tailed Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii) May 2015
Glossy Black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami) October 2006
Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo (Zanda funerea) October 2006
Short-billed Black-cockatoo (Zanda latirostris) May 2015
Gang-gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum) October 2006
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) May 2015
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (Cacatua leadbeateri) May 2015
Long-billed Corella (Cacatua tenuirostris) October 2006
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea) May 2015
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) May 2015

Parrots - Psittacidae:
Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus) May 2006
Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus) May 2006
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) March 2014
Yellow Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus) May 2006
Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus) July 2011
Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius) May 2006
Western Rosella (Platycercus icterotis) March 2014
Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius) May 2015
Turquoise Parrot (Neophema pulchella) December 2007
Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna) April 2007
Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala) April 2007
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) January 2015
Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis) January 2015
Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) January 2014
Double-eyed Fig-Parrot (Cyclopsitta diophthalma) November 2012
Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus) April 2014
Princess Parrot (Polytelis alexandrae) April 2014
Australian King-Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) March 2012
Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus) April 2015


Pittas - Pittidae:
Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) July 2011
Rainbow Pitta (Pitta iris) March 2014

Lyrebirds - Menuridae:
Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) September 2007

Scrub-birds - Atrichornithidae:
Noisy Scrub-bird (Atrichornis clamosus) May 2015

Bowerbirds - Ptilonorhynchidae:
Black-eared Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis) February 2012
Tooth-billed Bowerbird (Scenopoeetes dentirostris) August 2011
Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis) September 2012

Australian Treecreepers - Climacteridae:
White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea) March 2007
Rufous Treecreeper (Climacteris rufus) May 2015
Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus) March 2007

Fairy-wrens - Maluridae:
Red-winged Fairy-wren (Malurus elegans) December 2013
Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) December 2013
Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens) December 2013
Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus) January 2011
White-winged Fairy-wren (Malurus leucopterus) September 2007
Southern Emu-wren (Stipiturus malachurus) January 2015

Bristlebirds - Dasyornithidae:
Rufous Bristlebird (Dasyornis broadbenti) March 2007

Honeyeaters - Meliphagidae:
Crescent Honeyeater (Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera) May 2006
White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris nigra) March 2014
New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) March 2014
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta) December 2013
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) November 2013
White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus) September 2007
Black-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus affinis) September 2007
White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis) January 2014
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris) September 2007
White-eared Honeyeater (Nesoptilotis leucotis) September 2007
Yellow-throated Honeyeater (Nesoptilotis flavicollis) September 2007
Macleay's Honeyeater (Xanthotis macleayanus) February 2012
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis) July 2011
Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides) March 2014
Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus) May 2006
Dusky Myzomela (Myzomela obscura) February 2014
Red-headed Myzomela (Myzomela erythrocephala) February 2014
Western Spinebill (Aconthorhynchus superciliosus) April 2015
Eastern Spinebill (Aconthorhynchus tenuirostris) February 2012
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater (Glyciphila melanops) March 2014
Bar-breasted Honeyeater (Ramsayornis fasciatus) June 2014
Brown-backed Honeyeater (Ramsayornis modestus) August 2011
Rufous-banded Honeyeater (Conopophila albogularis) May 2015
White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons) April 2007
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata) January 2011
Lewin's Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewenii) January 2011
Graceful Honeyeater (Microptilotis gracilis) January 2011
White-gaped Honeyeater (Stomiopera unicolor) December 2013
Yellow Honeyeater (Stomiopera flavus) December 2013
Bridled Honeyeater (Bolemoreus frenatus) December 2013
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis) April 2015
Western Wattlebird (Anthochaera lunulata) April 2015
Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera) October 2006
Regent Honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia) April 2015
Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata) April 2015
Yellow Wattlebird (Anthochaera paradoxa) October 2006
Singing Honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens) December 2013
White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula penicillata) December 2013
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula ornatus) September 2007
Grey-headed Honeyeater (Ptilotula keartlandi) December 2013
Grey-fronted Honeyeater (Ptilotula plumulus) September 2007
White-fronted Honeyeater (Purnella albifrons) March 2014
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Caligavis chrysops) December 2013
Purple-gaped Honeyeater (Lichenostomus cratitius) September 2007
Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys) September 2007
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) January 2014
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula) January 2014

Pardalotes - Pardalotidae:
Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) May 2006

Thornbills - Acanthizidae:
Brown Gerygone (Gerygone mouki) November 2013
Large-billed Gerygone (Gerygone magnirostris) November 2013
Pilotbird (Pycnoptilus floccosus) May 2006
Striated Fieldwren (Calamanthus fuliginosus) October 2006
Yellow-throated Scrubwren (Sericornis citreogularis) August 2011
Atherton Scrubwren (Sericornis keri) August 2011
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) September 2014
Large-billed Scrubwren (Sericornis magnirostra) August 2011
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocephala leucopsis) October 2006
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa) April 2015
Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza apicalis) April 2015
Tasmanian Thornbill (Acanthiza ewingii) July 2006
Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla) July 2006

Logrunners - Orthonychidae:
Chowchilla (Orthonyx spaldingii) July 2011

Australian Babblers - Pomatostomidae:
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis) July 2011
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus) May 2006

Old World Orioles - Oriolidae:
Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres viridis) September 2014
Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) December 2007
Green Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus) July 2011

Whistlers - Pachycephalidae:
Grey Whistler (Pachycephala simplex) March 2014
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) July 2011
Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) March 2014
Little Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha) October 2012
Bower's Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla boweri) October 2012
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica) March 2007

Whipbirds and Wedgebills - Psophodidae:
Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) August 2011
Chirruping Wedgebill (Psophodes cristatus) May 2006

Cuckoo-shrikes - Campephagidae:
Barred Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina lineata) November 2012
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) May 2015
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis) May 2015
Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela) December 2013

Woodswallows and Butcherbirds - Artamidae:
Black Currawong (Strepera fuliginosa) June 2006
Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina) June 2006
Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor) January 2015
Black Butcherbird (Melloria quoyi) November 2012
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) November 2013
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis) March 2007
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) March 2007
Masked Woodswallow (Artamus personatus) May 2015
White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus) May 2015
Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus) October 2006
Little Woodswallow (Artamus minor) May 2015
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucoryn) October 2006

Fantails - Rhipiduridae:
Northern Fantail (Rhipidura isura) July 2014
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) August 2011
Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons) May 2006
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa) July 2014

Drongos - Dicruridae:
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) July 2015

Monarch-flycatchers - Monarchidae:
Satin Flycatcher (Myiagra cyanoleuca) December 2007
Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto) February 2014
Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana) February 2014
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieto) December 2007
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) April 2007
Spectacled Monarch (Symposiachrus trivirgatus) January 2011
Black-faced Monarch (Monarcha melanopsis) January 2011

Crows - Corvidae:
Torresian Crow (Corvus orru) June 2015
Little Raven (Corvus mellori) March 2007
Forest Raven (Corvus tasmanicus) March 2007
Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides) May 2015

Australian Mudnesters - Corcoracidae:
White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos) March 2007
Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea) September 2011

Birds of Paradise - Paradisaeidae:
Victoria's Riflebird (Lophorina victoriae) August 2011

Australian Robins - Petroicidae:
Pink Robin (Petroica rodinogaster) May 2006
Flame Robin (Petroica phoenicea) May 2006
Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang) March 2014
Lemon-bellied Flyrobin (Microeca flavigaster) January 2014
Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans) January 2014
Ashy Robin (Heteromyias albispecularis) December 2013
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) April 2007
White-breasted Robin (Quoyornis georgianus) November 2013
Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito) October 2011
Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata) September 2007
Dusky Robin (Melanodryas vittata) September 2007

Larks - Alaudidae:
Horsfield's Bushlark (Mirafra javanica) October 2007

Reed-warblers - Acrocephalidae:
Australasian Reed-warbler (Acrocephaulus australis) July 2006

Swallows and Martins - Hirundinidae:
Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel) December 2013
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) December 2013

White-eyes - Zosteropidae:
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) April 2015

Starlings - Sturnidae:
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) July 2006
Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica) May 2012

Thrushes - Turdidae:
Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata) February 2012
Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula) February 2015

Flowerpeckers - Dicaeidae:
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) July 2015

Sunbirds - Nectariniidae:
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) February 2011

Waxbills - Estrildidae:
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) January 2011
Beautiful Firetail (Stagonopleura bella) June 2006
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis) February 2014
Black-bellied Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton) February 2011
Australian Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata) September 2011
Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii) January 2015

Pipits and Wagtails - Motacillidae:Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) April 2015

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