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Birds in the Cunnamulla District


Boasting 57 varieties and over 210 species of Australian native birds, the Cunnamulla area is a dream location and a must do for all true bird enthusiasts.  Some are rare or endemic to this semi-arid country landscape, like the Grey Falcon, which is amongst the rarest birds in Australia, but breeding in the area.  Other specialties include Halls Babbler, Bourke’s Parrot, Chesnut-Breasted Quail-Thrush, Black-Breasted Buzzard, Square-Tail Kite, Painted Snipe, Crested Bellbird, Redthroat and the Spotted Night-Jar.

There are a variety of locations where birds can be sighted in and around Cunnamulla.  A good time to see many varieties is at feeding/watering time, so around sunrise and sunset is ideal.  The Allan Tannock Weir is a good vantage point to view the many water birds in the area along the Warrego River, including at Darby Land Bridge.  The sandhills at the back of the caravan park is another great location and also offers a nice walk.

Hundreds of bird species thrive in the area. For the serious birdwatchers, Out the Back Australia recommends the following locations (booking for these properties is essential):

          Bowra - a hotspot for Australian birdlife
          Aldville Station
          Charlotte Plains

Bird Species in and around Cunnamulla include:

Australian Mud-Nesters
White-Winged Chough

Australo-Papuan Robins
Hooded Robin
Jack Winter
Red-Capped Robin

Australo-Papuan Babblers
Chesnut-Crowned Babbler
Grey-Crowned Babbler
Hall’s Babbler
White-Browed Babbler

Barn Owl
Barn Owl

Rainbow Bee-Eater

Spotted Bowerbird

Australian Bustard

Little Button-Quail
Red-Chested Button-Quail

Little Corella
Pink Cockatoo
Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo
Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo
Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Great Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Pied Cormorant

Crakes and Rails
Australian Spotted Crake
Baillon’s Crake
Black-Tailed Native-Hen
Purple Swamphen

Black-Eared Cuckoo
Fan-Tailed Cuckoo
Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo
Pallid Cuckoo

Cuckoo-Shrikes and Trillers
Black-Faced Cuckoo-Shrike
Ground Cuckoo-Shrike
White-Bellied Cuckoo-Shrike
White-Winged Triller


Australasain Shoveler
Australian Wood Duck
Black Swan
Blue-Billed Duck
Grey Teal
Musk Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Pink-Eared Duck
Plumed Whistling-Duck
Wandering Whistling-Duck

Fairy-wrens and Grasswrens
Splendid Fairy-wren
Striated Grasswren
Variegated Fairy-wren
White-winged Fairy-wren

Australian Hobby
Black Falcon
Brown Falcon
Grey Falcon
Nankeen Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon

Diamond Firetail
Double-Barred Finch
Plum-Headed Finch
Zebra Finches


Flycatchers and Fantails
Australian Magpie-Lark
Grey Fantail
Restless Flycatcher
Willie Wagtail

Tawny Frogmouth

Australasian Grebe
Hoary-headed Grebe

Hawk Owls
Barking Owl
Southern Boobook Owl

Black-Tailed Nativehen

Black Honeyeater
Black-Chinned Honeyeater
Blue-Faced Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Brown-Headed Honeyeater
Crimson Chat
Grey-Fronted Honeyeater
Grey-Headed Honeyeater
Little Friarbird
Noisy Friarbird
Orange Chat
Painted Honeyeater
Pied Honeyeater
Singing Honeyeater
Spiny-Cheeked Honeyeater
Striped Honeyeater
White-Fronted Honeyeater
White-Plumed Honeyeater
Yellow-Throated Miner
Rainbow Bee-Eater
Rainbow Bee-Eater

Spotted Bowerbird
Spotted Bowerbird


Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo


Fairy Wren
Fairy Wren

White-Necked Heron
White-Necked Heron

Crimson Chat
Crimson Chat

Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis

Herons, Egrets and Bitterns
Australasian Bittern
Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
Little Egret
Nankeen Night Heron
White-Faced Heron
White-Necked Heron

Ibis and Spoonbills
Australian White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Straw-Necked Ibis
Yellow-Billed Spoonbill

Laughing Kookaburra
Red-backed Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher

Kites, Eagles and Allies
Black Kite
Black-Breasted Buzzard
Black-Shouldered Kite
Brown Goshawk
Collared Sparrowhawk
Letter-Winged Kite
Little Eagle
Spotted Harrier
Square-Tailed Kite
Swamp Harrier
Wedge-Tailed Eagle
Whistling Kite
White-Bellied Sea-Eagle

Singing Bushlark

Spotted Nightjar

Old World Warblers
Australian Reed-Warbler
Brown Songlark
Rufous Songlark

Olive-backed Oriole

Australian Owlet-nightjar


Painted Snipes
Australian Painted Snipes

Pardolates, Thornbills and Allies
Buff-Rumped Thornbill
Chesnut-Rumped Thornbill
Inland Thornbill
Red-Browed Pardalote
Slaty-Backed Thornbill
Southern Whiteface
Striated Pardalote
Western Gerygone
Yellow-Rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill

Australian Ringneck
Blue Bonnet
Blue-Winged Parrot
Bourke’s Parrot
Eastern Ringneck Parrot
Mulga Parrot
Red-Rumped Parrot
Red-Winged Parrot

Australian Pelican
Pigeon and Doves
Bar-shouldered Dove
Common Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Diamond Dove
Flock Bronzewing
Peaceful Dove
Squatter Pigeon

Australian Pipit

Banded Lapwing
Black-Fronted Dotterel
Inland Dotterel
Masked Lapwing
Pacific Golden Plover
Red-Capped Plover
Red-Kneed Dotterel

Australian Pratincole

Quail-thrushes and Wedgebills
Chesnut-Breasted Quail-Thrush
Chirruping Wedgebill


Ravens and Crows
Australian Raven
Little Crow
Torresian Crow


Whistlers and Shrike-Thrushes
Crested Bellbird
Grey Shrike-Thrush
Rufous Whistler

Woodswallows and Butcherbirds
Australian Magpie
Black-Faced Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow
Grey Butcherbird
Little Woodswallow
Masked Woodswallow
Pied Butcherbird
White-Breasted Woodswallow
White-Browed Woodswallow





Black-Fronted Dotterel
Black-Fronted Dotterel

Emu and Chicks
Emu and Chicks

Marsh Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper

Masked Woodswallow
Masked Woodswallow

Don’t know where to start your bird watching?

Call into Out the Back Australia to find out where to go and what birds you can expect to see.

A bit more information about the most popular birds and other animals of the area:

The emu is the tallest native bird in Australia, measuring from 1.6 meters to 1.9 meters in height and weighing in between 30 - 45 kilograms. The emu’s speed is almost legendary in Australian folklore.

The emu’s legs are long and powerful, enabling it to run fast in a zig zag pattern or kick swiftly in defense. Their legs seem to bend back to front and each foot has three forward facing toes and one hind toe. The emu’s body is covered with a shaggy grey-brown coat of feathers. The chicks (young emus) have a soft, downy striped coat.

The male emu is the incubator of the eggs, which are large and green. He seldom leaves the eggs until they have all hatched, which takes 8-10 weeks. The father remains the primary caregiver until the chicks leave the safety of the family, usually after 6 months. The emu stands proudly next to the kangaroo on the Australian coat of arms.

The Kangaroo is a unique marsupial that belongs to a small group of animals called macropods. Most macropods have hind legs larger than their forelimbs.

Being a marsupial, the kangaroo and its relative, the wallaby, have a forward opening pouch, unlike koalas and wombats, whose pouch opens to the rear. Kangaroos are abundant in the outback, sometimes almost reaching plague proportions. Hence, certain numbers are culled for their meat and skin.

The Brolga
The Brolga is a large grey crane, with a featherless red head and grey crown. The Brolga stands up to 1.3 metres tall and has a wingspan of 2.4 metres. Unlike the Emu, the Brolga can fly and is famous for its dancing displays during courtship.

Brolgas usually breed from July through March or September through June in the northern areas. It is normal for the Brolga to lay two eggs in a nest made from plant stems, grasses and sticks.

The goanna is a species of monitor lizard. They grow up to 160 cm long with a flat body and strong legs and claws. They have a very long neck and tail. The goanna tongue is similar to that of a snake that slithers in and out. When threatened, the goanna may rear up or run fast on their hind legs. Goannas are very adept at climbing trees, swimming and fast running. They live in woodland or grassland areas and survive on a diet of smaller lizards and reptiles, snake eggs, insects and small mammals.

Little Corella
The Little Corella is a common sight along the Warrego River and further west. They are mostly white, but have a blue eye-ring with a pale pink patch between the eye and beak. Sulphur yellow underwings can be seen in flight. They measure between 35-39 cm, making them smaller than their sulphur-crested cockatoo cousins.

Sometimes numbering into the hundreds, Little Corellas feed in large noisy flocks, often together with galahs. They mainly feed on grains and grass seeds found on the ground.  Little Corellas are thought to pair for life, typically decades. They nest in hollow trees and usually incubate 2 to 4 eggs for about 25 days. The chicks hatch naked and are totally dependent on their parents. Many are domesticated and make good pets, but are still best enjoyed in their natural habitat, flying freely for all to enjoy.

When visiting Cunnamulla, should you need assistance in planning your site-seeing activities, please don't hesitate to call 07 4655 1679 or stop by the Visitor Information and Tour Booking Desk and we'll be glad to help you.  We have more than 4 generations of knowledge to share with you, so you can make the most of your journey.

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