Australian Birds Assocated with Water or Wetland Areas -

Australasian Gannet

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Parrots / Psittacines found in Australia


Birds of Inland Waters, Marshes and Wetlands: Ducks, Geese, Shelducks, Shovelers, Moorhens, Crakes, Rails, Grebes, Cormorants, Cranes, Darters, Swans and Storks

Sea and Shorebirds: Birds mostly occurring on the shore or out on the ocean (Seabirds) (Albatrosses, Petrels, Fulmars, Frigatebirds, Godwits, Gannets, Gulls, Sandpipers, Shearwaters, Tattlers, Terns)


Birds found in Australia in or near bodies of water (mostly freshwater and wetlands)


Avocets (Wetland Birds)

  • Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae) - Range: Found throughout Australia, except for the northern parts of the Northern Territory

White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) Bird of Prey Hunting in Water (Freshwater Hunters)

  • Ospreys (P. h. cristatus) - Range: Along the coastline of, and along some large rivers within, Australia
  • White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) - Resident on coasts and major waterways

Bitterns (Wetland Birds / Waders)


Eastern CurlewCurlews (Waders)


Dowitcher (Waders)


Egrets (Shallow Water / Wetland Habitats)

Eastern Reef EgretEastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta)


Striated Heron, Butorides striata, also known as Mangrove Heron or Little HeronHerons (Waders)


Straw-necked Ibis, Threskiornis spinicolliIbises (Waders)

Australian White Ibis, Threskiornis molucca


Jacanas (Waders)

  • Comb-crested Jacanas (Irediparra gallinacea), also known as the Lotusbird or Lilytrotter - Range: Northern and eastern Australia

Knots (Waders)

  • Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris) - Range: Winter visitor

Banded LapwingLapwings (Waders)


Oystercatchers (Waders)

South Island Oystercatcher, Haematopus finschiSooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus)


Pelicans (Found in inland and coastal waters)


Erect-crested PenguinsPenguins (Shore / Sea)


Plovers (Waders)

  • Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus) - Range: Vagrant

  • Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii) - Range: Winter visitor

  • Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola), known as the Black-bellied Plover in North America - Seabirds

Greater Sand Plover


Sanderlings (Waders)

  • Sanderling (Calidris alba, syn. Crocethia alba or Erolia alba) - Range: Winters in Australia

Snipe (Waders)

  • Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) aka Japanese Snipe - Range: Winters in eastern Australia, where it is the commonest Gallinago snipe

  • Pintail Snipe (Gallinago stenura) aka Pin-tailed Snipe - Range: Vagrant to north-western and northern Australia
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

Spoonbills (Waders)

  • Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) also known as the Black-billed Spoonbill - Range: Fresh and saltwater wetlands in Australia

  • Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes): Common in south-east Australia

Stilts (Waders)

Banded StiltsPied Stilt


Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)Stints (Waders)


Stone-curlews (Waders)

Beach Stone-curlew, Esacus giganteus also known as Beach Thick-knee


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