Birds of the North West

Over 300 species of birds can be found throughout Australia’s North West. Many colourful and spectacular species are easily seen including the Budgerigar, Red-winged Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet and a host of finches with the chance of the rare Gouldian Finch. On the wetlands Black-necked Storks (Jjabiru) many ducks, herons and egrets swim, wade and feed. The charming Comb-crested Jacana (Jesus bird) and the elegant Brolga may also be encountered. Keen birdwatchers may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the elusive cuckoos or the stunning Purple-crowned Fairy-wren.

Birds range in size from the huge White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Osprey and Australian Bustards to smaller species such as the Double-barred Finch, Rock-Pigeons and Bowerbirds. 

One of the most spectacular sights are the huge flocks of migratory shorebirds that throng the northern shores of Roebuck Bay. A sight to see for the keen ornithologist or the casual observer. For those who like to get muddy the mangroves of northern WA hold some very special birds.

 

Red winged parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus) Sulphur crested cockatoo (Cacatya galerita)

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