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Seabirds & Shorebirds: Albatrosses, Petrels, Fulmars, Frigatebirds, Godwits, Gannets, Gulls, Sandpipers, Shearwaters, Tattlers, Terns

Listing of Birds found in Australia ... Photos of Birds found in Australia

Parrots / Psittacines found in Australia

Ducks, geese, cranes, storks, moorhens, rails, cormorants and darters found in or near Australian water ...

Other Birds Found in or Near Water (mostly inland fresh water, marshland, etc.)

Salvin's AlbatrossAlbatrosses (Ocean / Seabirds)

  • Albatrosses (Diomedeidae) - Range: Southern Ocean and the North Pacific

  • Antipodean Albatrosses - Range: Across the South Pacific from Australia to as far as Chile, from the Tropic of Capricorn south. Breed on Auckland Islands, Antipodes Islands and Campbell Island.

  • Buller's Albatross (Thalassarche bulleri) - Range: Feeds in the seas off Australia and the South Pacific

  • Salvin's Albatrosses (Thalassarche salvini) - Range: At sea they range from South Africa across to Australia

  • Shy Albatross / Shy Mollymawk (Thalassarche cauta) - Range: Breeds off Australia

  • Sooty Albatrosses (Phoebetria fusca)

Antipoden Island AlbatrossBuller's Mollymawk or Buller's Albatross (Diomedea bulleriSooty Albatross or Dark-mantled Sooty AlbatrossShy Albatross

Southern FulmarDiving-petrels (Seabirds)

Fulmars (Seabirds)

Godwits (Shorebirds)

Black-tailed Godwit, Limosa limosa

Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor)Frigatebirds (Seabirds)

Gannets (Seabirds)

Silver GullGulls (Seabirds)


Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus), also known as the Antarctic Giant Petrel, Giant Fulmar, Stinker, and StinkpotParkinson's Petrel or Black Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni)Kermadec Petrel (Pterodroma neglecta)Great-winged PetrelBlack-winged PetrelNorthern Giant Petrel (Macronectes halli), also known as the Hall's Giant Petrel

Sandpipers (Shorebirds)

  • Cox's Sandpiper (shorebirds which are hybrids between male Pectoral and female Curlew Sandpipers)

Shearwaters (Seabirds)

  • Wedge-tailed Shearwater - pale morphWedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus) - Ranges - Breeds on islands off Western Australia

  • Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes) - seabird - Range: Along the coast of Western Australia from Cape Leeuwin to the Recherche Archipelago

  • Hutton's Shearwaters (Puffinus huttoni) - Range: Winter visitor in South Australia

  • Short-tailed Shearwater or Muttonbird / Moonbird (Puffinus tenuirostris) - Seabirds

  • Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas) - Seabirds - Range: Occurs in the Pacific Ocean, nesting in Japan and many of its offshore islands. After breeding, the Streaked Shearwater will migrate toward southern Australia. It has been reported well off the west coast of the United States

Hutton's Shearwater, Puffinus huttonShort-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris)

Storm-Petrels (Seabirds)

White-faced Storm-petrel

Tattlers (Shorebirds)

  • Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes) - Range: Northeast Siberia. Winter in southeast Asia to Australia, as well as western North America and western Europe.

Terns (Seabirds)

  • Caspian Tern Courtship RitualCaspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia formerly Sterna caspia)

  • Australian Fairy Tern (Sterna nereis nereis)

  • Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)

  • Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) - Rare/Accidental

  • Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis, syn. Sterna bengalensis) - Range: Subtropical coastal parts of the world mainly from the Red Sea across the Indian Ocean to the western Pacific, and Australia, with a significant population on the southern coast of the Mediterranean on islands off the Libyan coast. May winter south to South Africa.

  • Gull-billed Tern, Gelochelidon niloticaGull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)

  • Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus) - Range: The paler C. h. javanicus from Java to Australia.

  • White-winged Tern or White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) - Range: Found in or near bodies of fresh water

  • Blue Noddy (Procelsterna cerulea) - Vagrant in Australia.

White-winged Tern or White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)Whiskered Terns (Chlidonias hybridus)Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) Blue Noddy

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