Northern Australia – Top End Birding Trip Report, September 2023



By Andrew Walker

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Rainbow Pitta gave excellent views during our Northern Territory birding tour of the Top End.­


This Australia birding tour started in Darwin, Northern Territory on the 27th of September 2023 and ended back there on the 5th of October 2023. This Northern Territory birding tour visited some of the best birding sites in the Top End region, and included birding at Lee Point, Buffalo Creek, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Mary River Wetlands, Kakadu National Park, Pine Creek, and Katherine.

Birding around the Top End of the Northern Territory resulted in many excellent birds, in fact we recorded 186 species during the tour (three of these were heard only).

Some of the highlight birds seen on this Top End bird tour included regional specials such as Rainbow Pitta (voted “bird of the trip”), Chestnut Rail, Radjah Shelduck, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Rufous Owl, Black-banded Fruit Dove, Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon, Partridge Pigeon, Chestnut-backed Buttonquail, Brolga, Black-necked Stork, Pied Heron, Hooded Parrot, Northern Rosella, Red-collared Lorikeet, Varied Lorikeet, Cockatiel, Blue-winged Kingfisher, Red-backed Kingfisher, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Great Bowerbird, Bar-breasted Honeyeater, White-lined Honeyeater, Red-headed Myzomela, Arafura Fantail, Arafura Shrikethrush, Sandstone Shrikethrush, Silver-backed Butcherbird, Northern Shriketit, Mangrove Golden Whistler, Paperbark Flycatcher, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Buff-sided Robin, Canary White-eye, Green-backed Gerygone, Mangrove Gerygone, Crimson Finch, Masked Finch, Long-tailed Finch, and Gouldian Finch.

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One of the special birds of the Top End, Varied Lorikeet, glowing in the early morning sunlight.

In addition to the great special birds of the Northern Territory Top End, we also recorded a long list of some exciting wide-ranging Australian birds, such as Emu, Magpie Goose, Plumed Whistling Duck, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Rose-crowned Fruit Dove, Royal Spoonbill, Black-breasted Buzzard, Pacific Baza, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Grey Goshawk, Forest Kingfisher, Torresian Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-winged Parrot, Rufous-banded Honeyeater, White-gaped Honeyeater, Yellow-tinted Honeyeater, Banded Honeyeater, Silver-crowned Friarbird, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Grey-crowned Babbler, Black Butcherbird, Varied Triller, Green Oriole, Northern Fantail, Apostlebird, Lemon-bellied Flyrobin, and Chestnut-breasted Mannikin.

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Rufous-banded Honeyeater was one of many species of honeyeater that gave us some great views during the tour.

In addition to the incredible birds, this Top End birding tour also proved great for crocodile sightings, with many huge Saltwater Crocodiles and several Freshwater Crocodiles seen from land and from our boat trip in the Mary River Wetlands. A few lizards were found too, with Gilbert’s Dragon being rather attractive. Highlight mammals seen included Agile Wallaby and Short-eared Rock Wallaby, with thousands of flying foxes seen most days.

Species lists for birds, mammals, and reptiles recorded during this Australian bird tour follow the daily account, below.

Furthermore, this tour visited some of the most beautiful landscapes in the whole of Australia, with impressive sunrises and sunsets casting an incredible light over them twice a day. Add in the magical, ancient rock art dating back several thousands of years at several sites visited, and it all combined to make for a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting tour of the Northern Territory.

Detailed Report

Day 1, 27th September 2023. Arrival in Darwin and birding at Lee Point

An arrival day in Darwin, Northern Territory. We spent an enjoyable couple of hours birding around the Lee Point Dam area near our hotel, and it was an excellent introduction to the birds of the region. Our nice and relaxing bird walk gave us our first sightings of many great birds, such as Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Radjah Shelduck, Red-collared Lorikeet, Red-winged Parrot, Rainbow Bee-eater, Forest Kingfisher, Bar-breasted Honeyeater, Rufous-banded Honeyeater, White-gaped Honeyeater, Northern Fantail, Varied Triller, Paperbark Flycatcher, Leaden Flycatcher, Lemon-bellied Flyrobin, Masked Finch, and Long-tailed Finch.   

After our birding session, we had a welcome dinner together, catching up and discussing what we were hoping to see on this Australian birding tour of the Top End, Northern Territory.

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The attractive Bar-breasted Honeyeater was present in large numbers.

Day 2, 28th September 2023. Birding the Darwin area

We spent the day birding at various sites around Darwin, a wonderful city for birders to visit, with loads of great birds on offer. We started the day birding near our accommodation at Lee Point and during the day also birded at Buffalo Creek and a couple of other mangrove sites, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, and the East Point area. The list of highlights was long, and we recorded a lot of birds across the day. Some of the best birds included Chestnut Rail, Arafura Fantail, Mangrove Golden Whistler, Grey (Brown) Whistler, Canary White-eye, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Shining Flycatcher, Mangrove Gerygone, Large-billed Gerygone, Red-headed Myzomela, Helmeted Friarbird, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Azure Kingfisher, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Torresian Kingfisher, Pacific Reef Heron, almost 20 species of shorebirds roosting, including Great Knot, Terek Sandpiper, and Grey-tailed Tattler, Australian Tern, Magpie Goose, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-collared Lorikeet, Red-winged Parrot, and Osprey (catching a fish!).

Day 3, 29th September 2023. Darwin to Mary River area

We had a short pre-breakfast birding session near our accommodation in Darwin, where we picked up some more new species, as well as gaining more views of some we’d seen over the previous days. Some of these birds included Arafura Shrikethrush, Long-tailed Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Forest Kingfisher, Green-backed Gerygone, Galah, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, and Pacific Emerald Dove.

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Long-tailed Finch gave us great close views.

After breakfast, we left Darwin behind until the end of the tour. We then drove east to Fogg Dam and along the way we found a pair of nest-building Pacific Baza. We spent the rest of the morning birding at Fogg Dam. Birding at Fogg Dam always turns up some interesting species. Today we found lots of birds in the wetland and forest, with some of the highlights including Brolga, Black-necked Stork, Little Curlew, Australian Pratincole, Plumed Whistling Duck, White-necked Heron, White-faced Heron, Pied Heron, Great Egret, Intermediate (Plumed) Egret, Little Egret, Eastern Cattle Egret, Royal Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, Comb-crested Jacana, Magpie Goose, Radjah Shelduck, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Whistling Kite, Black Kite, Grey (Brown) Whistler, Lemon-bellied Flyrobin, Arafura Fantail, Golden-headed Cisticola, Zitting Cisticola, Crimson Finch, and Willie Wagtail.

After lunch with the temperature soaring, we continued our journey to Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge area. A fortuitous stop yielded a couple of Black-breasted Buzzards and a family group of Black-tailed Treecreepers along with Weebill, Australia’s smallest bird, and a hunting Brown Falcon not far away. Once we’d checked into our accommodation, we had a short walk before dusk, where we found the stunning Rainbow Pitta. One individual was hopping along the trail as soon as we hit some monsoon forest, and thereafter, they took to the trees, where they gave some fleeting but repeated views. We also noted Little Bronze Cuckoo, Varied Triller, Black-faced Cuckooshrike, Spangled Drongo, and Mistletoebird during the walk.

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Rainbow Pitta teased us a little before giving some good views.

Day 4, 30th September 2023. Mary River to Kakadu National Park

We enjoyed an early morning boat trip in the Mary River Wetlands. The boat trip was an excellent way to observe a wide range of waterbirds and we also had close views of both Saltwater Crocodile and Freshwater Crocodile. During the boat trip, we saw the following birds: Radjah Shelduck, Plumed Whistling Duck, Magpie Goose, Pied Heron, Intermediate (Plumed) Egret, Comb-crested Jacana, Glossy Ibis, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Brown Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Greater Coucal, Paperbark Flycatcher, Shining Flycatcher, Rufous-banded Honeyeater, Little Bronze Cuckoo, and Brush Cuckoo.

After the Mary River birdwatching boat trip, we had a quick look in the rainforest near our accommodation, where we again saw Rainbow Pitta. We commenced our drive across to Kakadu National Park where we arrived for lunch and a siesta (the mercury was hitting 39oC). Along the way a quick stop at a billabong (waterbody) gave us the staggering sight of 173 Black-necked Storks

In the late afternoon we visited the highly impressive Nourlangie Rock in Kakadu National Park. While we enjoyed looking at the ancient rock art, we also sought out a couple of the target birds of the region. After some effort, we located both Black-banded Fruit Dove and White-lined Honeyeater, and eventually we got great views of both.  

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Black-banded Fruit Dove has a small global range and is restricted to the area around Kakadu National Park, and thus a top target. We got some good views of this one feeding.

Day 5, 1st October 2023. Birding Kakadu National Park

An early morning walk along a river in Kakadu National Park resulted in the sighting of almost 20 Saltwater Crocodiles lounging on the riverbanks, an impressive sight indeed. The avian highlight, however, was a pair of Rainbow Pittas that showed incredibly well (see trip report cover image!) and we watched this pair for quite a while, and it was evident they had a nest nearby. As we birded our way along the riverbank, we found a large flock of Varied Lorikeets that were feeding in a eucalyptus tree and nearby we also found Red-collared Lorikeet, Little Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Peregrine Falcon, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Brahminy Kite, Blue-winged Kookaburra, Forest Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, and some stunning Crimson Finches.

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The localized White-lined Honeyeater showed well.

A change of location had us walking around some beautiful rock outcrops, where we had an excellent sighting of a pair of White-lined Honeyeaters that gave great, close, and prolonged views. After a bit of a search, we found our main target, the range-restricted Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon, and we saw five birds at very close range. When we arrived back at our accommodation, we were greeted by the sight of a flock of nine Partridge Pigeons that showed well.     

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Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon gave us very good views as they came down to the ground to drink.

In the late afternoon, we went to a gorgeous lookout to admire the sunset and ancient rock art and saw a few more good birds too! It was a great way to end the day.

Day 6, 2nd October 2023. Birding Kakadu National Park

We spent the morning walking around some more rocky outcrops, eventually finding our main target of the morning. We started off with sightings of several Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeons and several other birds we had seen the previous day, such as Rainbow Bee-eater, Green Oriole, and Blue-winged Kookaburra. Walking around the rocks (which looked stunning in the early morning light), we found Short-eared Rock Wallaby, but still no sign of what we were really looking for! Pretty distractions abounded, such as Red-backed Fairywren, Crimson Finch, Double-barred Finch, and Long-tailed Finch. Finally, we heard our main target – Sandstone Shrikethrush; however, there was no way to get to it, and it wouldn’t come to us. Very frustrating. One final bit of excitement here involved a white bird sat in a bare tree along the trail, not the usual Little Corella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, or Torresian Imperial Pigeon that we had been seeing over the previous days, but rather a beautiful white-morph Grey Goshawk.

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The striking white plumage of a white-morph Grey Goshawk.

As the heat started to build again, we decided to change locations. This brought about the sight of a flock of 19 Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeons feeding out in the open on a lawn, an impressive sight indeed. As we commenced another walk around yet more beautiful landscapes, we again heard a Sandstone Shrikethrush; this time we were able to follow the sound and after a short look around some rocks, we were able to get some brief views. After a short wait, we gained several other gradually improving views of the bird as it came a bit closer, but it always remained a bit distant. Happy with our success, we made our way back to Jabiru to sit out the heat of the day (where Red-backed Fairywrens and Grey-crowned Babblers showed nicely).

In the afternoon, we explored a billabong (wetland) and got to watch an interesting mix of species. Little Corellas were numerous (and noisy), but we also had several majestic Red-tailed Black Cockatoos coming down to drink from various pools. Several species of ducks were present and included Plumed Whistling Duck, Radjah Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, and Green Pygmy Goose. Magpie Geese were also present in big numbers, always nice to see. Numerous herons, egrets, and ibis were present and showing well, and we found our first Black-fronted Dotterels of the trip. Some interesting behavior was noted too, with several of the Little Corellas acting very aggressively to the Agile Wallabies that wanted to come and get a drink!

Day 7, 3rd October 2023. Kakadu National Park to Katherine

We spent the day driving out of Kakadu National Park across to Pine Creek, then south to the town of Katherine. We made multiple short stops along the way and each of these yielded something different from new birds, better views of previously seen birds, or some beautiful scenic views.

Our breakfast spot gave some of the group a sighting of the spectacular Rose-crowned Fruit Dove, and this was followed up by a walk to a river where we saw another huge Saltwater Crocodile, along with Green Oriole, Rufous Whistler, and Leaden Flycatcher. Another roadside stop gave us some great looks at a pair of Emu, the first of our trip. We watched them feeding and going about their business for as long as they would allow. Moving further towards the edge of Kakadu National Park, we made a few more stops, where we found Buff-sided Robin, Silver-backed Butcherbird, Northern Fantail, Arafura Fantail, Yellow-throated Miner, Black-breasted Buzzard (on a nest), Oriental Dollarbird, Blue-winged Kookaburra, and plenty more.

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We found the secretive Buff-sided Robin along a densely vegetated stream.

We took a lunch break in Pine Creek, and a short while afterwards, we were getting super close views of several Hooded Parrots, including some gorgeous male birds. Here too we got to see an impressive Great Bowerbird bower, and even saw the male bird attend the bower – he also flashed his rather extravagant pink tuft of “hair”! A sprinkler in the police station garden was attracting all sorts of birds, including Silver-crowned Friarbird, Little Friarbird, and Blue-faced Honeyeater.

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We had some good views of Hooded Parrots as they sought shelter in the heat of the day.

Continuing our journey south towards Katherine, we made a stop at some pools, where we sat and waited to see what would come in for a drink/wash. Finches were numerous and we saw Crimson Finch, Double-barred Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch, and a single Gouldian Finch (a young bird). Several honeyeaters visited the pools too, and included Banded Honeyeater, Rufous-throated Honeyeater, and Bar-breasted Honeyeater, amongst the more common and widespread species. A Brown Goshawk was hanging around and the birds were a little skittish, so we left the site and arrived in Katherine in time for a quick shower before a wonderful dinner.

Day 8, 4th October 2023. Birding Katherine area

We spent the day birding around Katherine and found several new birds for the trip. As we were driving to our first spot, we had a stream of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos flying over as they left their roost site and found a few small flocks of Cockatiels and Galahs. A small group of Apostlebirds were noted foraging along the side of a road too.

Once we arrived at our birding site, we started our walk, noting Black-tailed Treecreeper, Pied Butcherbird, Black-faced Woodswallow, Yellow-tinted Honeyeater, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Banded Honeyeater, Jacky Winter, Cockatiel, Varied Lorikeet, Long-tailed Finch, Masked Finch, Australian Hobby, and finally our main target, Northern Shriketit, formerly part of the Crested Shiriketit complex. The shriketit took some locating in the vast area of suitable habitat, but when we heard it, we were able to locate a pair of birds, which then gave some good views. Driving around Katherine just before lunch, we picked up a pair of Red-backed Kingfishers.

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We enjoyed watching a pair of Northern Shriketits near Katherine.

In the afternoon, we kicked around in some bush near Katherine, where, after a fair bit of effort, we were successful in locating both of our target species; Northern Rosella and Chestnut-backed Buttonquail. Satisfied with finding these species, we made our way back to the hotel to freshen up after another hot day.

Day 9, 5th October 2023. Katherine to Darwin and tour conclusion

The final day of the tour didn’t quite go as planned, as some very unseasonable heavy rain (probably the first rain in the area for many months) ruined our morning birding. We sat out the rain for a couple of hours, but there wasn’t really much we could do. We gained further (and final) looks at several attractive species, such as Long-tailed Finch, Crimson Finch, Double-barred Finch, Masked Finch, Leaden Flycatcher, Paperbark Flycatcher, Rufous Whistler, Red-collared Lorikeet, Varied Lorikeet, Hooded Parrot, and Great Bowerbird.

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What a way to end the tour, with point-blank views of a young Rufous Owl in Darwin.

Driving back to Darwin, a quick stop at a wetland gave us Pied Stilt, Wood Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Australian Pratincole, Brolga, Australian Tern, and Whiskered Tern as well as many other waterbirds. Our final birding of this Top End birdwatching tour involved a sighting of a young Rufous Owl. It was a great way to end what had been a fabulous tour.

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Kingfishers featured heavily on the tour, and the huge Blue-winged Kookaburra was recorded on most days, often given away by their raucous and far-carrying calls.

Bird ListFollowing IOC (13.2)

Birds ‘heard only’ are marked with (H) after the common name, all other species were seen. The following notation after species names is used to show conservation status following BirdLife International: EN = Endangered, VU = Vulnerable.

Common NameScientific Name
Cassowaries, Emu (Casuariidae)
EmuDromaius novaehollandiae
Magpie Goose (Anseranatidae)
Magpie GooseAnseranas semipalmata
Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)
Plumed Whistling DuckDendrocygna eytoni
Wandering Whistling DuckDendrocygna arcuata
Radjah ShelduckRadjah radjah
Green Pygmy GooseNettapus pulchellus
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Grey TealAnas gracilis
Megapodes (Megapodiidae)
Orange-footed ScrubfowlMegapodius reinwardt
Pheasants & Allies (Phasianidae)
Brown QuailSynoicus ypsilophorus
Cuckoos (Cuculidae)
Pheasant CoucalCentropus phasianinus
Pacific KoelEudynamys orientalis
Channel-billed CuckooScythrops novaehollandiae
Little Bronze CuckooChrysococcyx minutillus
Brush CuckooCacomantis variolosus
Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)
Pacific Emerald DoveChalcophaps longirostris
Common BronzewingPhaps chalcoptera
Crested PigeonOcyphaps lophotes
Partridge PigeonGeophaps smithii
Chestnut-quilled Rock PigeonPetrophassa rufipennis
Peaceful DoveGeopelia placida
Bar-shouldered DoveGeopelia humeralis
Black-banded Fruit DovePtilinopus alligator
Rose-crowned Fruit DovePtilinopus regina
Torresian Imperial PigeonDucula spilorrhoa
Rails, Crakes & Coots (Rallidae)
Chestnut RailEulabeornis castaneoventris
Australasian SwamphenPorphyrio melanotus
Cranes (Gruidae)
BrolgaAntigone rubicunda
Buttonquail (Turnicidae)
Chestnut-backed ButtonquailTurnix castanotus
Stone-curlews, Thick-knees (Burhinidae)
Bush Stone-curlewBurhinus grallarius
Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)
Pied OystercatcherHaematopus longirostris
Stilts, Avocets (Recurvirostridae)
Pied StiltHimantopus leucocephalus
Plovers (Charadriidae)
Masked LapwingVanellus miles
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulva
Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
Greater Sand PloverCharadrius leschenaultii
Siberian Sand PloverCharadrius mongolus
Black-fronted DotterelElseyornis melanops
Jacanas (Jacanidae)
Comb-crested JacanaIrediparra gallinacea
Sandpipers, Snipes (Scolopacidae)
Eurasian WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Little CurlewNumenius minutus
Far Eastern Curlew – ENNumenius madagascariensis
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Great Knot – ENCalidris tenuirostris
Red KnotCalidris canutus
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper – VUCalidris acuminata
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollis
Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Grey-tailed TattlerTringa brevipes
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Coursers, Pratincoles (Glareolidae)
Australian PratincoleStiltia isabella
Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)
Silver GullChroicocephalus novaehollandiae
Australian TernGelochelidon macrotarsa
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
Greater Crested TernThalasseus bergii
Little TernSternula albifrons
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
Storks (Ciconiidae)
Black-necked StorkEphippiorhynchus asiaticus
Anhingas, Darters (Anhingidae)
Australasian DarterAnhinga novaehollandiae
Cormorants, Shags (Phalacrocoracidae)
Little Pied CormorantMicrocarbo melanoleucos
Little Black CormorantPhalacrocorax sulcirostris
Ibises, Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)
Australian White IbisThreskiornis molucca
Straw-necked IbisThreskiornis spinicollis
Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
Royal SpoonbillPlatalea regia
Herons, Bitterns (Ardeidae)
Nankeen Night HeronNycticorax caledonicus
Striated HeronButorides striata
Eastern Cattle EgretBubulcus coromandus
White-necked HeronArdea pacifica
Great EgretArdea alba
Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia
Pied HeronEgretta picata
White-faced HeronEgretta novaehollandiae
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Pacific Reef HeronEgretta sacra
Ospreys (Pandionidae)
OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)
Black-breasted BuzzardHamirostra melanosternon
Pacific BazaAviceda subcristata
Wedge-tailed EagleAquila audax
Grey GoshawkAccipiter novaehollandiae
Brown GoshawkAccipiter fasciatus
Collared SparrowhawkAccipiter cirrocephalus
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Whistling KiteHaliastur sphenurus
Brahminy KiteHaliastur indus
White-bellied Sea EagleIcthyophaga leucogaster
Owls (Strigidae)
Rufous OwlNinox rufa
Rollers (Coraciidae)
Oriental DollarbirdEurystomus orientalis
Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)
Blue-winged KookaburraDacelo leachii
Forest KingfisherTodiramphus macleayii
Torresian KingfisherTodiramphus sordidus
Sacred KingfisherTodiramphus sanctus
Red-backed KingfisherTodiramphus pyrrhopygius
Azure KingfisherCeyx azureus
Bee-eaters (Meropidae)
Rainbow Bee-eaterMerops ornatus
Caracaras, Falcons (Falconidae)
Australian HobbyFalco longipennis
Brown FalconFalco berigora
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Cockatoos (Cacatuidae)
CockatielNymphicus hollandicus
Red-tailed Black CockatooCalyptorhynchus banksii
GalahEolophus roseicapilla
Little CorellaCacatua sanguinea
Sulphur-crested CockatooCacatua galerita
Old World Parrots (Psittaculidae)
Red-winged ParrotAprosmictus erythropterus
Hooded ParrotPsephotellus dissimilis
Northern RosellaPlatycercus venustus
Varied LorikeetPsitteuteles versicolor
Red-collared LorikeetTrichoglossus rubritorquis
Pittas (Pittidae)
Rainbow PittaPitta iris
Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)
Great BowerbirdChlamydera nuchalis
Australasian Treecreepers (Climacteridae)
Black-tailed TreecreeperClimacteris melanurus
Australasian Wrens (Maluridae)
Red-backed FairywrenMalurus melanocephalus
Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)
Rufous-banded HoneyeaterConopophila albogularis
Rufous-throated HoneyeaterConopophila rufogularis
Bar-breasted HoneyeaterRamsayornis fasciatus
Dusky MyzomelaMyzomela obscura
Red-headed MyzomelaMyzomela erythrocephala
Little FriarbirdPhilemon citreogularis
Helmeted FriarbirdPhilemon buceroides
Silver-crowned FriarbirdPhilemon argenticeps
Brown HoneyeaterLichmera indistincta
Banded HoneyeaterCissomela pectoralis
Blue-faced HoneyeaterEntomyzon cyanotis
Black-chinned Honeyeater (H)Melithreptus gularis
White-throated HoneyeaterMelithreptus albogularis
White-gaped HoneyeaterStomiopera unicolor
White-lined HoneyeaterTerritornis albilineata
Yellow-tinted HoneyeaterPtilotula flavescens
Yellow-throated MinerManorina flavigula
Pardalotes (Pardalotidae)
Striated PardalotePardalotus striatus
Australasian Warblers (Acanthizidae)
WeebillSmicrornis brevirostris
Mangrove GerygoneGerygone levigaster
Large-billed GerygoneGerygone magnirostris
Green-backed GerygoneGerygone chloronota
White-throated GerygoneGerygone olivacea
Australasian Babblers (Pomatostomidae)
Grey-crowned BabblerPomatostomus temporalis
Woodswallows, Butcherbirds & Allies (Artamidae)
White-breasted WoodswallowArtamus leucorynchus
Black-faced WoodswallowArtamus cinereus
Little WoodswallowArtamus minor
Black ButcherbirdMelloria quoyi
Silver-backed ButcherbirdCracticus argenteus
Pied ButcherbirdCracticus nigrogularis
Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)
Black-faced CuckooshrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
White-bellied CuckooshrikeCoracina papuensis
White-winged TrillerLalage tricolor
Varied TrillerLalage leucomela
Shriketits (Falcunculidae)
Northern ShriketitFalcunculus whitei
Whistlers & Allies (Pachycephalidae)
Grey WhistlerPachycephala simplex
Mangrove Golden WhistlerPachycephala melanura
Rufous WhistlerPachycephala rufiventris
White-breasted Whistler (H)Pachycephala lanioides
Arafura ShrikethrushColluricincla megarhyncha
Grey ShrikethrushColluricincla harmonica
Sandstone ShrikethrushColluricincla woodwardi
Figbirds, Old World Orioles, Piopios (Oriolidae)
Australasian FigbirdSphecotheres vieilloti
Olive-backed OrioleOriolus sagittatus
Green OrioleOriolus flavocinctus
Drongos (Dicruridae)
Spangled DrongoDicrurus bracteatus
Fantails (Rhipiduridae)
Willie WagtailRhipidura leucophrys
Northern FantailRhipidura rufiventris
Arafura FantailRhipidura dryas
Monarchs (Monarchidae)
Magpie-larkGrallina cyanoleuca
Leaden FlycatcherMyiagra rubecula
Broad-billed FlycatcherMyiagra ruficollis
Shining FlycatcherMyiagra alecto
Paperbark FlycatcherMyiagra nana
Crows, Jays (Corvidae)
Torresian CrowCorvus orru
Australian Mudnesters (Corcoracidae)
ApostlebirdStruthidea cinerea
Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)
Mangrove Robin (H)Peneothello pulverulenta
Buff-sided RobinPoecilodryas cerviniventris
Lemon-bellied FlyrobinMicroeca flavigaster
Jacky WinterMicroeca fascinans
Swallows, Martins (Hirundinidae)
Tree MartinPetrochelidon nigricans
Cisticolas & Allies (Cisticolidae)
Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
Golden-headed CisticolaCisticola exilis
White-eyes (Zosteropidae)
Canary White-eyeZosterops luteus
Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)
MistletoebirdDicaeum hirundinaceum
Waxbills, Munias & Allies (Estrildidae)
Crimson FinchNeochmia phaeton
Double-barred FinchStizoptera bichenovii
Masked FinchPoephila personata
Long-tailed FinchPoephila acuticauda
Chestnut-breasted MannikinLonchura castaneothorax
Gouldian FinchChloebia gouldiae
Total seen183
Total heard only3
Total recorded186

Mammal List

Common NameScientific Name
Old World Fruit Bats (Pteropodidae)
Black Flying FoxPteropus alecto
Little Red Flying FoxPteropus scapulatus
Suids (Suidae)
Wild BoarSus scrofa
Kangaroos, Wallabies, and Allies (Macropodidae)
Agile WallabyMacropus agilis
Short-eared Rock WallabyPetrogale brachyotis
Equines (Equidae)
Domestic HorseEquus caballus
Bovids (Bovidae)
Domestic Water BuffaloBubalus bubalis

Reptile List

Common NameScientific Name
Crocodiles (Crocodylidae)
Saltwater CrocodileCrocodylus porosus
Australian Freshwater CrocodileCrocodylus johnstoni
Skinks (Scincidae)
Lowlands Plain-backed CtenotusCtenotus essingtonii
Bauxite Rainbow-skinkCarlia amax
Six-toothed Rainbow-skinkCarlia sexdenta
Swanson’s Snake-eyed SkinkCryptoblepharus cygnatus
Geckos (Gekkonidae)
Common House GeckoHemidactylus frenatus
Dragons (Agamidae)
Gilbert’s DragonLophognathus gilberti
Northern Two-line DragonDiporiphora bilineata
Australia September 2023 birding

Gilbert’s Dragon was seen frequently during the tour.


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