Australian Birds

Australian birds list with pictures. This Australian birds list is based on “Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds” by Christidis & Boles. Photos taken by CH LEE. Please contact me if you would like to use any of these photos.

My Australian Birds List

Australian Bird Species photographed so far… 45

Order: Struthioniformes (Ratites)

Order: Casuariiformes (Cassowaries & Emus)

Order: Galliformes (Gamefowl)

Order: Anseriformes (Waterfowl)

Family: Anseranatidae (Magpie Goose)

Magpie Goose   Anseranas semipalmata

Family: Anatidae (Ducks, Geese & Swans)

Grey Teal, Anas gracilis Australian Birds

Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)

Australasian Shoveler Australian Birds Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis)
Blue Billed Duck Australian Birds Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis)
HardHead Australian Birds duck Hardhead (Aythya australis)


Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides) [M], [F]

Order: Phaethontiformes (Tropicbirds)

Order: Phoenicopteriformes (Flamingos)

Order: Columbiformes (Doves & Pigeons)

Family: Columbidae (Doves & Pigeons)

Mating feral pigeon Columba livia Austalian bird Feral pigeons (Columba livia)
Spotted Turtle Dove Streptopelia chinensis Austalian bird Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
Laughing Turtle Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis) Australian Bird Laughing Turtle Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis)
Wonga Pigeon Leucosarcia melanoleuca Australia Bird Wonga Pigeon (Leucosarcia melanoleuca)

Order: Caprimulgiformes (Frogmouths & Nightjars)

Family: Podargidae (Frogmouths)

Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides Australian Bird Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

Order: Procellariformes (Tube-nosed seabirds)

Order: Sphenisciformes (Penguins)

Family: Spheniscidae (Penguins)

Order: Phalacrocoraciformes (Frigatebirds, Gannets & relatives) 

Family: Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants)

Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris Australian Bird Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Order: Ciconiiformes (Storks, Egrets & relatives)

Family: Pelecanidae (Pelicans)

Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus Bird Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

Family: Ciconiidae (Storks)

Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus Australian Bird Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

Family: Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets & Bitterns)

Eastern_Great_Egret  Ardea modesta Australian Bird White Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta) [1][2], [3Breeding]
Nankeen Night Heron 1C0A2864 Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus)
White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae Australia bird White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) [1], [2]

Family: Threskiornithidae (Ibises & Spoonbills)

Order: Accipitriformes (Kites, Eagles & relatives)

Order: Falconiformes (Falcons)

Family: Falconidae (Falcons)

Nankeen Kestrel close up Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)

Order: Gruiformes (Cranes, Crakes & relatives)

Family: Rallidae (Rails, Crakes & Coots)

Buff-banded Rail, Gallirallus philippensis australia bird Buff-Banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis)
Baillon's Crake Porzana pusilla Australia Bird Baillon’s Crake (Porzana pusilla)

Order: Charadriiformes (Waders, Gulls & relatives)

Family: Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)

Sooty Oystercatcher Haematopus fuliginosus Australia Bird Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus)

Family: Recurvirostridae (Stilts & Avocets)

Black-winged Stilt   Himantopus himantopus

Family: Charadriidae (Plovers & Lapwings)

Family: Scolopacidae (Sandpipers & allies)

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres Australia Bird Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

Order: Psittaciformes (Cockatoos & Parrots)

Family: Cacatuidae (Cockatoos)

Female Galah  IMG_9697a Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) [M], [F]
Gang-gang Cockatoo Callocephalon fimbriatum Australian Bird Gang-gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum)
Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo  Cacatua galerita Australia Bird cockie Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) [1][2]

Family: Psittacidae (Parrots)

Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus Australia Bird Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)
Crimson Rosella pine Platycercus elegans Australia Bird Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)
Australian King Parrot  Alisterus scapularis Bird Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)
Red_rumped_parrot_IMG_0688 Red-rumped parrot (Psephotus haematonotus) [M], [F]

Order: Cuculiformes (Cuckoos & relatives)

Family: Cuculidae (Cuckoos)

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo Chrysococcyx basalis Australia Bird Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis)

Order: Strigiformes (Owls)

Order: Coraciiformes (Kingfishers & relatives)

Family: Halcyonidae (Tree Kingfishers)

Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae Australia icon bird Laughing Kookaburra ( Dacelo novaeguineae) [1], [2]
Forest Kingfisher  Todiramphus macleayii Australia bird Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)

Order: Passeriformes (Perching birds)

Family: Ptilonorhychidae (Bowerbirds)

Immature Satin Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceu Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)

Family: Oriolidae (Orioles)

Olive-backed Oriole_1651 Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) 

Family: Maluridae (Fairy-wrens)

Superb Fairy Wren Malurus cyaneus Australia bird Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

Family: Acanthizinae (Wablers)

Brown Gerygone Brown Gerygone (Gerygone richmondi)
White-browed Scrubwren Sericornis frontalis Australia Bird White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis)


Family: Meliphagidae (Honeyeaters)

Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris Australia Honeyeater Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)
Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala Australia bird fight Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) [1][2] , [Juvenile]
Crimson Chat  Epthianura tricolor Honeyeater australia bird Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor)
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater Gliciphila melanops Australia bird Tawny-Crowned Honeyeater (Gliciphila melanops)
New Holland Honeyeater  Phylidonyris novaehollandiae Australia New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae)

Family: Estrildidae (Estrildid Finches)

Nutmeg Mannikin Lonchura punctulata Australia Bird Nutmeg Mannikin (Lonchura punctulata)

Family: Timaliidae (White-eyes)

Silvereye Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

Family: Artamidae (Woodswallows & Cracticids)

Pied Currawong  Strepera graculina prey black bird australia dead young bird Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)

Family: Monarchidae (Monarch Flycatchers)

Male Flycatcher Satin Flycatcher  Myiagra cyanoleuca Australia bird Satin Flycatcher (Myiagra cyanoleuca)

=End of Australian Birds List

History of my Australian Birds List

In 2006 I started to pick up photography. I always enjoy nature, wildlife naturally become the subject of my photography. I enjoy bird photography, as it give me a chance to spend time in nature, far away from the distraction of city life.

This page is a work in progress. My plan is to photograph as many Australian Birds as I could.  I will update my Australian Bird List whenever I managed to capture some good images of a species.

This Australian bird list is based on “Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds” by Christidis & Boles. There are 872 species of birds listed in Australia, my count is increasing slowly.

27 December 2011, added thumbnails to all Australian birds on this page. Hopefully this will help those who use this page as a guide to identify common Australian Birds. Please leave me a message if you find any mistake in my identification. I found this forum a great resource for identifying birds

Google for “Australian Bird” my Australian Bird page came out on page 3 on 28/12/2011. Maybe one day will get it  to page 1.

~My Australian Birds List, first published  12 December 2007.~

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    PS: I find it difficult to see the layout of your page with the center column cutting off the information and images on the right hand side…

  4. Thanks guys.

    I am not sure why you have difficulty seeing the page, I use firefox… and seems to work ok. Any suggestion what could be wrong?

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