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Wineglass Bay - Notice to intending visitors

19/12/2014

Please note: This advice is provided to help avoid inconvenience to visitors intending to use the Wineglass Bay car park during the peak summer period from 26 December to 11 January.More

Ralph Falls track repair work under way

19/12/2014

The Parks and Wildlife Service has advised that works to repair and improve the visitor experience to Ralph Falls in the North-East, is under way.More

Discovery Ranger program explores parks and reserves

19/12/2014

Tasmanians are being encouraged to sample Tasmania's beautiful parks and reserves with the Discovery Ranger Program over the summer holidays.More

Birds of Tasmania

Tasmania has a rich bird fauna, including twelve species which are confined to the State (i.e endemic). See our pages on our endemic birds for further details.

Tasmania is also home to a number of threatened bird species.

Bird in the Hand - If you’d like information on our birds in a more portable format, complete with calls, download our app from the iTunes Store (available for Apple iPad, iPod touch and iPhone).

To discover more about some of our bird fauna, choose a species from the following complete Tasmanian bird list:

Tasmanian Bird List

  • * = endemic
  • ** =listed as rare or threatened


Family Podicipedidae

Grebes

  • Hoary-headed grebe Poliocephalus poliocephalus
  • Australasian grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
  • Great-crested grebe Podiceps cristatus **


Family Spheniscidae

Penguins


Family Diomedeidae

Albatrosses

  • Black-browed albatross Diomedea melanophris
  • Grey-headed albatross Diomedea chrysostoma
  • Shy albatross Diomedea cauta **
  • Wandering albatross Diomedea exulans
  • Light-mantled albatross Phoebetria palpebrata **


Family Procellariidae

Fulmarine petrels, gadfly petrels, prions, shearwaters

  • Cape petrel Daption capense
  • Blue petrel Halobaena caerulea
  • Southern giant-petrel Macronectes giganteus
  • Northern giant-petrel Macronectes halli
  • Antarctic prion Pachyptila desolata
  • Fairy prion Pachyptila turtur
  • White-headed petrel Pterodroma lessonii
  • Soft-plumed petrel Pterodroma mollis
  • Sooty shearwater Puffinus griseus
  • Short-tailed shearwater Puffinus tenuirostris


Family Hydrobatidae

Storm petrels

  • Black-bellied storm-petrel Fregetta tropica
  • Grey-backed storm-petrel Oceanites oceanicus
  • White-faced storm-petrel Pelagodroma marina


Family Pelecanoididae

Diving petrels

  • Common diving-petrel Pelecanoides urinatrix


Family Pelecanidae

Pelicans


Family Sulidae

Gannets and boobies


Family Phalacrocoracidae

Cormorants and shags


Family Ardeidae

Herons, night herons, egrets and bitterns

  • White-faced heron Egretta novaehollandiae
  • Cattle egret Ardea ibis
  • Australasian bittern Botaurus poiciloptilus
  • Great egret Ardea alba
  • Little egret Egretta garzetta
  • Intermediate egret Egretta intermedia
  • Nankeen night heron Nycticorax caledonicus


Family Anatidae

Swans, geese and ducks

  • Chestnut teal Anas castanea
  • Grey teal Anas gracilis
  • Australasian shoveler Anas rhynchotis
  • Pacific black Anas superciliosa
  • Musk duck Biziura lobata
  • Cape Barren goose Cereopsis novaehollandiae
  • Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata
  • Black swan Cygnus atratus
  • Blue-billed duck Oxyura australis
  • Australian shelduck Tadoma tadornoides


Family Accipitridae

Osprey, hawks, eagles and harriers


Family Falconidae

Falcons, hobbies and kestrels


Family Turnicidae

Button-quails

  • Painted button-quail Turnix varia


Family Phasianidae

Quails

  • Brown quail Coturnix ypsilophora
  • Stubble quail Coturnix pectoralis (novaezealandiae)


Family Rallidae

Crakes, coots, rails and gallinules


  • Eurasian coot Fulica atra
  • Tasmanian native hen Tribonyx mortierii*
  • Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa
  • Purple swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
  • Australian crake Porzana fluminea
  • Baillons crake Porzana pusilla
  • Spotless crake Porzana tabuensis
  • Lewins rail Rallus pectoralis
  • Buff-banded rail Rallus philippensis


Family Haematopodidae

Oystercatchers


Family Charadriidae

Plovers, dotterels and lapwings

  • Double-banded plover Charadrius bicinctus
  • Black-fronted dotterel Elseyornis melanops
  • Lesser sand plover Charadrius mongolus
  • Hooded plover Thinornis rubricollis
  • Red-capped plover Charadrius ruficapillus
  • Red-kneed dotterel Erythogonys cinctus
  • Pacific golden plover Pluvialis fulva
  • Grey plover Pluvialis squatarola
  • Masked lapwing Vanellus miles
  • Banded lapwing Vanellus tricolor


Family Scolopacidae

Snipe, godwits, curlews, sandpipers, stints and phalaropes

  • Ruddy turnstone Arenaria interpres
  • Sharp-tailed sandpiper Calidris acuminata
  • Sanderling Calidris alba
  • Dunlin Calidris alpina
  • Red knot Calidris canutus
  • Curlew sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
  • Pectoral sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  • Little stint Calidris minuta
  • Red-necked stint Calidris ruficollis
  • Great knot Calidris tenuirostris
  • Lathams snipe Gallinago hardwickii
  • Bar-tailed goodwit Limosa lapponica
  • Black-tailed goodwit Limosa limosa
  • Eastern curlew Numenius madagascariensis
  • Little curlew Numenius minutus
  • Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
  • Grey-tailed tattler Heteroscelus brevipes
  • Wood sandpiper Tringa glareola
  • Common sandpiper Tringa hypoleucos
  • Common greenshank Tringa nebularia
  • Marsh sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
  • Terek sandpiper Xenus cinereus


Family Stercorariidae

Skuas and jaegers

  • Great skua Catharacta skua
  • Arctic jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus
  • Pomarine jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus


Family Laridae

Gulls and terns


Family Columbidae

Pigeons and doves


Family Cacatuidae

Cockatoos, corellas and cockatiel


Family Psittacidae

Parrots, including lorikeets and rosellas


Family Cuculidae

Cuckoos

  • Horsfields bronze-cuckoo Chrysococcyx basalis
  • Shining bronze-cuckoo Chrysococcyx lucidus
  • Pallid cuckoo Cacomantis pallidus
  • Fan-tailed cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis


Family Strigidae

True owls


Family Tytonidae

Barn (or Masked) Owls


Family Podargidae

Frogmouths


Family Aegothelidae

Owlet-nightjars

  • Australian owlet-nightjar Aegotheles cristatus


Family Apodidae

Swifts and swiftlets

  • Fork-tailed swift Apus pacificus
  • White-throated needletail Hirundapus caudacutus


Family Alcedinidae

Kingfishers

  • Azure kingfisher Alcedo azurea


Family Hirundinidae

Swallows and martins

  • Fairy martin Hirundo ariel
  • Tree martin Hirundo nigricans
  • Welcome swallow Hirundo neoxena


Family Motacillidae

Pipits


Family Campephagidae

Cuckoo-shrikes


Family Muscicapidae


Family Petroicidae

Australian robins


Family Pachycephalidae

Whislers and shrike-thrushes


Family Dicruridae

Flycatchers and Fantails

  • Satin flycatcher Myiagra cyanoleuca
  • Grey fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa


Family Cinclosomatidae

  • Spotted quail-thrush Cinclosoma punctatum


Family Sylviidae

Warblers

  • Clamorous reed warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus
  • Golden-headed cisticola Cisticola exilis
  • Little grassbird Megalurus gramineus


Family Maluridae

Fairy-wrens and emu-wrens


Family Acanthizidae

Scrubwrens and thornbills

  • Yellow-rumped thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
  • Tasmanian thornbill Acanthiza ewingii *
  • Brown thornbill Acanthiza pusilla
  • Tasmanian Scrubwren Sericornis humilis *
  • Striated fieldwren Calamanthus fuliginosus
  • Scrubtit Acanthornis magnus *


Family Meliphagidae

Honeyeaters and chats

  • White-fronted chat Epthianura albifrons


Family Pardalotidae

Pardalotes


Family Zosteropidae

White-eyes


Family Ploceidae

Australian grassfinches


Family Artamidae

Woodswallows


Family Cracticidae

Butcherbirds and currawongs


Family Corvidae

Ravens and crows

  • Little raven Corvus mellori
  • Forest raven Corvus tasmanicus


Introduced Species

  • Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae
  • Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  • Mute swan Cygnus olor
  • California quail Lophortyx californicus
  • Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus
  • Common pheasant Phasianus colchicus
  • Weka Gallirallus australis
  • Rock dove Columba livia
  • Spotted turtle-dove Streptopelia chinensis
  • Little corella Cacatua sanguinea
  • Long-billed corella Cacatua tenuirostris
  • Cockatiel Nymphicus hollandicus
  • Budgerigar Melopsittacus undulatus
  • Laughing kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
  • Superb lyrebird Menura novaehollandiae
  • Skylark Alauda arvensis
  • Blackbird Turdus merula
  • European greenfinch Carduelis chloris
  • European goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
  • House sparrow Passer domesticus
  • Common starling Sturnus vulgaris


Rarely-sighted Species

  • King penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus rare visitor from subantarctic
  • Gentoo penguin Pygoscelis papua 2 records
  • Chinstrap penguin Pygoscelis antarctica 1 record
  • Adelie penguin Pygoscelis adeliae 1 record
  • Erect-crested penguin Eudyptes sclateri 1 record
  • Rockhopper penguin Eudyptula chrysocome
  • Fiordland penguin Eudyptes pachyrhynchus
  • Snares penguin Eudyptes robustus 1 record
  • Royal penguin Eudyptes schlegeli 7 records
  • Yellow-nosed albatross Diomedea chlororhynchos
  • Royal albatross Diomedea epomophora
  • Sooty albatross Phoebetria fusca
  • Southern fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides
  • Slender-billed prion Pachyptila belcheri
  • Salvins prion Pachyptila salvini
  • Broad-billed prion Pachyptila vittata
  • White-chinned petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis
  • Grey petrel Procellaria cinerea
  • Westland petrel Procellaria westlandica
  • Kerguelen petrel Pterodroma brevirostris
  • Mottled petrel Pterodroma inexpectata
  • Goulds petrel Pterodroma leucoptera
  • Great-winged petrel Pterodroma macroptera
  • Black-winged petrel Pterodroma nigripennis
  • Providence petrel Pterodroma solandri
  • Little shearwater Puffinus assimilis
  • Bullers shearwater Puffinus bulleri
  • Flesh-footed shearwater Puffinus carneipes
  • Fluttering shearwater Puffinus gavia
  • Huttons shearwater Puffinus huttoni
  • Wedge-tailed shearwater Puffinus pacificus
  • Antarctic petrel Thalassoica antarctica
  • White-bellied storm-petrel Fregetta grallaria
  • Wilsons storm-petrel Oceanites oceanicus
  • Red-tailed tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda
  • Darter Anhinga melanogaster
  • Pied cormorant Phalacrocorax varius
  • White-necked heron Ardea pacifica
  • Eastern reef egret Egretta sacra
  • Yellow-billed spoonbill Platalea flavipes
  • Royal spoonbill Platalea regia
  • Glossy ibis Plegadis falcinellus
  • Australian white ibis Threskiornis molucca
  • Straw-necked ibis Threskiornis spinicollis
  • Magpie goose Anseranus semipalmata
  • Hardhead Aythya australis
  • Plumed whistling-duck Dendrocygna eytoni
  • Pink-eared duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus
  • Freckled duck Stictonetta naevosa
  • Little lorikeet Glossopsitta pusilla
  • Rainbow lorikeet Trichoglossus haemotodus
  • Spotted harrier Circus assimilis no confirmed records
  • Black kite Milvus migrans
  • Black-breasted buzzard Hamirostra melanosternon
  • Little eagle Hieraeetus morphnoides 1 record on Curtis Is, Bass Strait
  • Australian black-shouldered kite Elanus notatus
  • Black falcon Falco subniger
  • Osprey Pandion haliaetus 3 records
  • Black-tailed native hen Gallinula ventralis
  • Bush stone-curlew Burhinus grallarius
  • Painted snipe Rostratula benghalensis
  • Little ringed plover Charadrius dubius
  • Greater sand plover Charadrius leschenaultii
  • Oriental plover Charadrius veredus
  • Banded stilt Cladorhynchus leucocephalus
  • Black-winged stilt Himantopus himantopus
  • Red-necked avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae
  • Bairds sandpiper Calidris bairdii
  • Western sandpiper Calidris mauri
  • Ruff Philomachus pugnax
  • Buff-breasted sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis
  • Red-necked phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
  • South polar skua Catharacta maccormicki
  • Long-tailed skua Stercorarius longicauda
  • Whiskered tern Chlidonias hybridus
  • Gull-billed tern Gelochelidon nilotica
  • Bridled tern Sterna anaetheetus
  • Common tern Sterna hirundo
  • Arctic tern Sterna paradisaea
  • Topknot pigeon Lopholaimus antarcticus
  • Rose-crowned fruit-dove Ptilinopus regina
  • Superb fruit-dove Ptilinopus superbus
  • Gang-gang cockatoo Callocephalon fimbriatum
  • Little lorikeet Glossopsitta pusilla