Birds of the ACT and ANU

The following is a list of most of the birds to be seen in the ACT, indicating whether sightings have been noted at the ANU. Common birds are marked "X". The dates on which others have been most recently sighted are indicated. The order in the list follows that in McComas Taylor and Nicolas Day Field guide to birds of the ACT National Parks Association of the ACT Inc, Canberra 1993, an excellent book. The links are to photos by Josh Parsons.

ACT Birds
Common name Scientific name Sighted at ANU?
Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae  
Darter Anhinga melanogaster  
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo  
Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris X
Little Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax melanoleucos X
Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax varius X
Black Swan Cygnus atratus X
Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus X
Pacific Heron Ardea pacifica  
White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae X
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis  
Great Egret Ardea alba  
Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia  
Little Egret Egretta garzetta  
Rufous Night Heron Nycticorax caledonicus  
Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus  
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus  
White Ibis Threskiornis molucca X
Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis large numbers in Autumn
Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia  
Yellow-billed Spoonbill Platalea flavipes  
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus  
Hoary-headed Grebe Poliocephalus poliocephalus  
Australasian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae  
Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis  
Freckled Duck Stictonetta naevosa  
Australian Shelduck Tadorna tadornoides X
Musk Duck Biziura lobata  
Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa X
Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus  
Grey Teal Anas gracilis  
Chestnut Teal Anas castanea  
Australian Shoveler Anas rhynchotis  
Hardhead Aythya australis X
Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata X
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus axillaris  
Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus  
Grey Goshawk Accipiter novaehollandiae  
Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatus  
Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrocephalus  
Black Falcon Falco subniger  
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus  
Australian Hobby Falco longipennis  
Brown Falcon Falco berigora  
Australian Kestrel Falco cenchroides  
White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster X
Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax  
Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides  
Spotted Harrier Circus assimilis  
Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosis  
Stubble Quail Coturnix pectoralis  
Brown Quail Coturnix ypsilophora  
Painted Buttonquail Turnix varia  
Buff-banded Rail Rallus philippensis  
Baillon's Crake Porzana pusilla  
Australian Crake Porzana fluminea
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio X
Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa X
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra X
Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles X
Banded Lapwing Vanellus tricolor  
Sliver Gull Larus novaehollandiae X
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus  
Lesser Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica  
Red-kneed Dotterel Erythrogonys cinctus  
Double-banded Plover Charadrius bicinctus  
Red-capped Plover Charadrius ruficapillus  
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus  
Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae  
Greenshank Tringa nebularia  
Latham's Snipe Gallinago hardwickii  
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata  
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis  
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea  
Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia X
Peaceful Dove Geopelia placida  
Diamond Dove Geopelia cuneata  
Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera X
Crested Pigeon Geophaps lophotes X
Brush Bronzewing Phaps elegans  
Wonga Pigeon Leucosarcia melanoleuca  
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus  
Gang-gang Cockatoo Callocephalon fimbriatum X
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita X
Galah Cacatua roseicapilla X
Superb Parrot Polytelis swainsonii  
Australian King-Parrot Alisterus scapularis X
Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus  
Little Lorikeet Glossopsitta pusilla  
Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor X
Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans X
Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius X
Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus X
Pallid Cuckoo Cuculus pallidus  
Brush Cuckoo Cacomantis variolosus  
Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis  
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo Chrysococcyx basalis  
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo Chrysococcyx lucidus  
Common Koel Eudynamys scolopacea  
Powerful Owl Ninox strenua  
Southern Boobook Ninox novaeseelandiae  
Barn Owl Tyto alba  
Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides X
Australian Owlet-Nightjar Aegotheles cristatus  
Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae X
Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus  
Rainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus  
Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis  
Superb Lyrebird Menura novaehollandiae  
White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus  
Fork-tailed swift Apus pacificus  
Tree Martin Hirundo nigricans  
Fairy Martin Hirundo ariel  
Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena X
Richard's Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae  
Singing Bushlark Mirafra javanica  
Skylark Alauda arvensis  
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Coracina novaehollandiae X
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike Coracina papuensis  
White-winged Triller Lalage sueurii  
Cicadabird Coracina tenuirostris  
Common Blackbird Turdus merula X
White's Thrush

Zoothera dauma

 
Rose Robin Petroica rosea  
Pink Robin Petroica rodinogaster  
Flame Robin Petroica phoenicea  
Scarlet Robin Petroica multicolor  
Red-capped Robin Petroica goodenovii  
Hooded Robin Melanodryas cucullata  
Jacky Winter Microeca fascinans  
Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis  
Crested Shrike-tit Falcunculus frontatus  
Rufous Whistler Pachycephala rufiventris  
Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis  
Olive Whistler Pachycephala olivacea  
Grey Shrike-thrush Colluricincla harmonica  
Eastern Whipbird Psophodes olivaceus  
Spotted Quail-thrush Cinclosoma punctatum  
Leaden Flycatcher Myiagra rubecula  
Satin Flycatcher Myiagra cyanoleuca  
Restless Flycatcher Myiagra inquieta  
Willie-wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys X
Grey Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa X
Rufous Fantail Rhipidura rufifrons  
White-fronted Chat Epthianura albifrons  
Clamorous Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus X
Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis  
Little Grassbird Megalurus gramineus  
Rufous Songlark Cincloramphus mathewsi  
Brown Songlark Cincloramphus cruralis  
Superb Fairywren Malurus cyaneus X
Pilotbird Pycnoptilus floccosus  
White-browed Scrubwren Sericornis frontalis X
Speckled Warbler Chthonicola sagittatus  
Southern Whiteface Aphelocephala leucopsis  
White-throated Gerygone Gerygone olivacea  
Western Gerygone Gerygone fusca  
Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla X
Buff-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza reguloides  
Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa X
Yellow Thornbill Acanthiza nana  
Striated Thornbill Acanthiza lineata  
Weebill Smicrornis brevirostris  
Varied Sittella Daphoenositta chrysoptera  
White-throated Treecreeper Cormobates leucophaeus X
Red-browed Treecreeper Climacteris erythrops  
Brown Treecreeper Climacteris picumnus  
Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum  
Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus X
Spotted Pardalote Pardalotus punctatus X
Noisy Friarbird Philemon corniculatus X
Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata X
Little Friarbird Philemon citreogularis  
Regent Honeyeater Xanthomyza phrygia  
Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala X
Crescent Honeyeater Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera  
New Holland Honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae X
Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris X
Yellow-faced Honeyeater Lichenostomus chrysops X
White-eared Honeyeater Lichenostomus leucotis X
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater Lichenostomus melanops  
Fuscous Honeyeater Lichenostomus fuscus  
White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus X
Brown-headed Honeyeater Melithreptus brevirostris  
White-naped Honeyeater Melithreptus lunatus  
Silvereye Zosterops lateralis X
European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis  
European Greenfinch Carduelis chloris  
House Sparrow Passer domesticus X
Red-browed Finch Neochmia temporalis X
Diamond Firetail Stagonopleura guttata  
Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii  
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris X
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis X
Olive-backed Oriole Oriolus sagittatus  
Satin Bowerbird male, female Ptilonorhynchus violaceus  
Masked Woodswallow Artamus personatus  
White-browed Woodswallow Artamus superciliosus  
Dusky Woodswallow Artamus cyanopterus X
White-winged Chough Corcorax melanorhamphos X
Australian Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca X
Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen X
Grey Butcherbird Cracticus torquatus  
Pied Currawong Strepera graculina X
Grey Currawong Strepera versicolor X
Little Raven Corvus mellori  
Australian Raven Corvus coronoides X

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Author Rick Kuhn. Created 23 March 1998. Last revised 27 Aug 2008.
Original URL http://www.anu.edu.au/polsci/birds/actbirds.htm