Birds of Pelican Point

Over 150 species of bird use Pelican Point for at least part of the year. Waterbirds like the PELICAN and some DUCKS are always here, and COTTON PYGMY-GEESE and GREAT CREASTED GREBES often visit. In some years up to 100 Sarus Cranes may roost on the point and BIRDS OF PREY hunt overhead.

Regular nesting species include BLACK-SHOULDERED KITES, PURPLE SWAMPHENS, WHITE-THROATED GERYGONES and large numbers of GOLDEN HEADED CISTICOLAS.

Most of the CUCKOOS are migrants while the range of resident and visiting HONEYEATERS at Pelican Point is expanding all the time as the planted trees grow, flower and fruit. Rare visitors have included a Little Ringed Plover and Satin Flycatchers.

As you walk the Pelican Point trails you will be aware of many different birds in the trees, grassland, water water's edge and overhead. Enjoy your visit!

  • Stubble Quail
  • Brown Quail
  • King Quail
  • Magpie Goose
  • Plumed Whistling-Duck
  • Wandering Whistling-Duck
  • Black Swan
  • Radjah Shelduck
  • Australian Wood Duck
  • Pink-eared Duck
  • Cotton Pygmy-goose
  • Green Pygmy-goose
  • Grey Teal
  • Pacific Black Duck
  • Hardhead
  • Australasian Grebe
  • Hoary-headed Grebe
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Spotted Dove - I
  • Brown Cuckoo-Dove
  • Emerald Dove
  • Peaceful Dove
  • Bar-shouldered Dove
  • Superb Fruit-Dove
  • Topknot Pigeon
  • Tawny Frogmouth
  • Large-tailed Nightjar
  • Australian Swiftlet
  • White-throated Needletail
  • Australasian Darter
  • Little Pied Cormorant
  • Great Cormorant
  • Little Black Cormorant
  • Pied Cormorant
  • Australian Pelican
  • Black-necked Stork
  • White-necked Heron
  • Eastern Great Egret
  • Intermediate Egret
  • Cattle Egret
  • Pied Heron
  • White-faced Heron
  • Little Egret
  • Nankeen Night-Heron
  • Glossy Ibis
  • Australian White Ibis
  • Straw-necked Ibis
  • Royal Spoonbill
  • Yellow-billed Spoonbill
  • Eastern Osprey
  • Black-shouldered Kite
  • Square-tailed Kite
  • Black-breasted Buzzard
  • Pacific Baza
  • White-bellied Sea-Eagle
  • Whistling Kite
  • Brahminy Kite
  • Black Kite
  • Brown Goshawk
  • Collared Sparrowhawk
  • Grey Goshawk
  • Spotted Harrier
  • Swamp Harrier
  • Wedge-tailed Eagle
  • Little Eagle
  • Nankeen Kestrel
  • Brown Falcon
  • Australian Hobby
  • Black Falcon
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Sarus Crane
  • Brolga
  • Purple Swamphen
  • Buff-banded Rail
  • Baillon's Crake
  • White-browed Crake
  • Pale-vented Bush-hen
  • Dusky Moorhen
  • Eurasian Coot
  • Bush Stone-curlew
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Pacific Golden Plover
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Black-fronted Dotterel
  • Red-kneed Dotterel
  • Masked Lapwing
  • Comb-crested Jacana
  • Latham's Snipe
  • Black-tailed Godwit
  • Common Greenshank
  • Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
  • Red-backed Button-quail
  • Red-chested Button-quail
  • Gull-billed Tern
  • Caspian Tern
  • Whiskered Tern
  • Roseate Tern
  • Silver Gull
  • Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
  • Little Corella
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  • Rainbow Lorikeet
  • Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
  • Little Lorikeet
  • Pale-headed Rosella
  • Pheasant Coucal
  • Eastern Koel
  • Channel-billed Cuckoo
  • Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
  • Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
  • Little Bronze-Cuckoo
  • Fan-tailed Cuckoo
  • Brush Cuckoo
  • Barking Owl
  • Southern Boobook
  • Eastern Barn Owl
  • Azure Kingfisher
  • Little Kingfisher
  • Laughing Kookaburra
  • Blue-winged Kookaburra
  • Forest Kingfisher
  • Sacred Kingfisher
  • Rainbow Bee-eater
  • Dollarbird
  • Red-backed Fairy-wren
  • Large-billed Scrubwren
  • Brown Gerygone
  • Fairy Gerygone
  • White-throated Gerygone
  • Lewin's Honeyeater
  • Graceful Honeyeater
  • Yellow-faced Honeyeater
  • Yellow Honeyeater
  • Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
  • Dusky Honeyeater
  • Scarlet Honeyeater
  • Brown Honeyeater
  • White-cheeked Honeyeater
  • White-throated Honeyeater
  • White-naped Honeyeater
  • Blue-faced Honeyeater
  • Helmeted Friarbird
  • Noisy Friarbird
  • Little Friarbird
  • Macleay's Honeyeater - E
  • Varied Sittella
  • Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
  • White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
  • Barred Cuckoo-shrike
  • Cicadabird
  • White-winged Triller
  • Varied Triller
  • Golden Whistler
  • Rufous Whistler
  • Little Shrike-thrush
  • Bower's Shrike-thrush - E
  • Grey Shrike-thrush
  • Australasian Figbird
  • Olive-backed Oriole
  • White-breasted Woodswallow
  • Black Butcherbird
  • Pied Butcherbird
  • Australian Magpie
  • Pied Currawong
  • Spangled Drongo
  • Rufous Fantail
  • Grey Fantail
  • Willie Wagtail
  • Torresian Crow
  • Leaden Flycatcher
  • Satin Flycatcher
  • Black-faced Monarch
  • Spectacled Monarch
  • Magpie-lark
  • Lemon-bellied Flycatcher
  • Eastern Yellow Robin
  • Horsfield's Bushlark
  • Golden-headed Cisticola
  • Australian Reed-Warbler
  • Tawny Grassbird
  • Little Grassbird
  • Silvereye
  • Welcome Swallow
  • Fairy Martin
  • Tree Martin
  • Common Myna - I
  • Mistletoebird
  • Olive-backed Sunbird
  • Double-barred Finch
  • Red-browed Finch
  • Nutmeg Mannikin
  • Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
  • Australasian Pipit - I

I - Introduced species, E - Wet Tropics endemic species.

This list has been compiled from surveys and other records by members of TREAT and Birds Australia, and local residents. TREAT would be pleased to hear of interesting sightings, nesting or other observations - Contact TREAT

Illustrations courtesy of Birds Australia, except Australian Pelican (C Hall). The bird names and order of this list are as recommended by Birds Australia (Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union). List complied by Elinor Scambler.

For more information on Pelican Point visit the Pelican Point Project Page

The Pelican Point Bird List is also available as a pdf: Pelican Point Bird list



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