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Horsetail Falls walk now open


Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens


The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Maintaining vigilance with campfires


Parks and Wildlife Service staff have thanked the many campers who have heeded the restrictions placed on campfires and pot fires, but ask that park and reserve visitors continue to take care while the fire risk remains high in certain areas of the State.More

Cradle Mountain

Bird List

This checklist is designed to be used in conjunction with a field guide.

Some of the birds commonly found in the Cradle Mountain region are listed below. The list is designed to be used in conjunction with a field guide to assist in identifying the birds. Alternatively, our app, Bird in the Hand, would be useful.

The list is divided into passerines and non-passerines and birds are listed with common names and scientific names. Passerines make the majority of birds throughout Tasmania. Noteable features of passerines are their toes (3 forward 1 back) allowing them to perch on even the smallest of branches. Passerines also have a well developed larynx and are known as ‘songbirds’.

* Tasmanian endemic birds


Common name          Scientific name

Tasmanianthornbill*         Acanthiza ewingii
Brown scrub wren         Sericornis frontalis
Field wren          Sericornis fuliginosus
Scrubtit*         Sericornis magnus
Black-faced cuckoo-shrike Coracina novaehollandiae
Grey fantail          Rhipidura fuliginosa
Satin flycatcher          Myiagra cyanoleuca
Dusky robin*          Melanodryas vittata
Flame robin          Petroica phoenicea
Pink robin          Petroica rodinogaster
Scarlet robin          Petroica multicolor
Grey shrike-thrush          Coluricincla harmonica
Golden whistler         Pachycephala pectoralis
Olive whistler          Pachycephala olivacea
Beautiful firetail          Emblema bella
Spotted pardalote          Pardalotus punctatus
Striated pardalote         Pardalotus striatus
Crescent honeyeater          Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera
New Holland honeyeater       Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
Strong-billed honeyeater*     Melithreptus validirostris
Yellow-throated honeyeater* Lichenostomus flavicolis
Spinebill wastern          Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris
Yellow wattlebird*         Anthochaera paradoxa
Grey butcherbird          Cracticus torquatus
Black currawong*          Strepera versicolor
Grey currawong      Strepera fuliginosa
Richards pipit          Anthus novaeseelandiae
Forest raven          Corvus tasmanicus
Whites thrush          Zoothera dauma
Tree martin          Cecropis nigricans
Welcome swallow        Hirundo neoxena
Spine-tailed swift          Hirundapas caudacutus
Silvereye          Zosterops lateralis
Dusky woodswallow          Artamus cyanopterus
Southern emu wren          Stipiturus malachurus
Superb blue wren          Malurus cyaneus
scrub tit          Acanthornis magnus *


White-bellied sea eagle         Haliaeetus leucogaster
Wedge-tailed eagle          Aquila audax
Brown falcon         Falco berigora
Peregrine falcon          Falco peregrinus
Brown goshawk          Accipter fasciatus
Grey goshawk          Accipter novaehollandiae
Swamp harrier         Circus aeruginosus
Collared sparrowhawk         Accipter cirrhocephalus
Sulphur-crested cockatoo     Cacatua galerita
Yellow-tailed black cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus
Blue-winged parrot          Neophema chrysostoma
Swamp parrot          Pezoporus wallicus
Swift parrot          Lathamus discolor
Green rosella*          Platycercus caledonicus
Fan-tailed cuckoo         Cuculus pyrrhophanus
Shining bronze cuckoo         Chrysococcyx lucidus
Pallid cuckoo         Cuculus pallidus
Frogmouth tawny owl          Podargus strigoides
Boobook owl        Ninox novaeseelandiae
Bronzewing pigeon          Phaps elegans
Painted quail        Turnix varia
Black cormorant          Phalacrocorax carbo
Black-fronted dotterel          Charadrius melanops
Masked lapwing          Vanellus miles
Duck black          Anas superciliosa
Musk duck          Biziura lobata
Black swan         Cygnus atratus
Chestnut teal          Anas castanea
Grey teal          Anas gibberifrons
Large egret          Egretta alba
White-faced heron          Ardea novaehollandiae
Hoary-headed grebe         Poliocephalus poliocephalus
Silver gull          Larus novaehollandiae
Eurasion coot          Fulica atra
Tasmanian native hen*     Gallinula mortierii
Eastern swamp hen          Porphyrio porphyrio

Introduced birds

Common blackbird         Turdus merula
European goldfinch          Carduelis carduelis
Laughing kookaburra     Dacelo gigas
Common starling     Sturnus vulgaris