Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge Area Bird List

This species list is for the north Queensland region centred on Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge covering McLeod River to the north, Mareeba to the south, the nearby regions of Mt. Lewis, Mowbray National Park and the Julatten-Mount Molloy areas. The birds in bold are the ones that have been recorded at the lodge and within a 1.5km radius (238 species). Species in red are the 15 Wet Tropic endemics.


  • (r) - Resident in the lodge grounds
  • (C) - Common
  • (U) - Uncommon
  • (R) - Rare
  • (V) - Vagrant

The status can change due to time of year, weather conditions, fruiting and flowering events and should be used as a guide only. 312 species listed.

Southern Cassowary (U)
Australian Brush-turkey (r) (C)
Orange-footed Scrubfowl (r)(C)
Brown Quail (C)
King Quail (U)
Black Swan (U)
Magpie Goose (U)
Plumed Whistling-Duck (U)
Wandering Whistling-Duck (C)
Spotted Whistling-Duck (R)
Freckled Duck (V)
Black Swan (C)
Rajah Shelduck (U)
Australian Wood Duck (U)
Pink-eared Duck (U)
Cotton Pygmy-goose (U)
Green Pygmy-goose (U)
Australasian Shoveller (V)
Grey Teal (C)
Chestnut Teal (V)
Pacific Black Duck (C)
Hardhead (C)
Australasian Grebe (C)
Hoary-headed Grebe (V)
Great-crested Grebe (V)
White-headed Pigeon (U)
Spotted Dove (U)
Brown Cuckoo-Dove (C)
Emerald Dove (r) (C)
Common Bronzewing (R)
Crested Pigeon (U)
Squatter Pigeon ((U)
Diamond Dove (V)
Peaceful Dove (r) (C)
Bar-shouldered Dove (r) (C)
Wompoo Fruit-Dove (C)
Superb Fruit-Dove (U)
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove (R)
Pied Imperial Pigeon (Aug-April) (R)
Topknot Pigeon (U)
Tawny Frogmouth (U)
Papuan Frogmouth (r) (C)
White-throated Nightjar (U)
Spotted Nightjar (U)
Large-tailed Nightjar (Sept-Feb) (C)
Australian Owlet-nightjar (U)
Australian Swiftlet (C)
White-thr. Needletail (Oct-Mar) (U)
Fork-tailed Swift (Pacific Swift)(Oct-Mar) (U)
Great Frigatebird (V) Lake Mitchell
Australasian Darter (C)
Little Pied Cormorant (C)
Great Cormorant (U)
Little Black Cormorant (C)
Pied Cormorant (U)
Australian Pelican (C)
Black-necked Stork (U)
Black Bittern (U)
White-necked Heron (U)
Great Egret (C)
Intermediate Egret (C)
Great-billed Heron (U)
Eastern Cattle Egret (C)
Pied Heron (R)
White-faced Heron (C)
Little Egret (C)
Nankeen Night-Heron (U)
Glossy Ibis (U)
Australian White Ibis (C)
Straw-necked Ibis (C)
Royal Spoonbill (C)
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (U)
Osprey (U) (May-Jan)
Black-shouldered Kite (U)
Square-tailed Kite (U)
Black-breasted Buzzard (R)
Pacific Baza (U)
White-bellied Sea-Eagle (C)
Whistling Kite (C)
Brahminy Kite (C)
Black Kite (C)
Brown Goshawk (U)
Collared Sparrowhawk (U)
Grey Goshawk (U)
Spotted Harrier (U)
Swamp Harrier (U)
Red Goshawk (R)
Wedge-tailed Eagle (U)
Little Eagle (R)
Nankeen Kestrel (C)
Brown Falcon (C)
Australian Hobby (U)
Black Falcon (R)
Peregrine Falcon (R)
Sarus Crane (May-Dec) (U)
Brolga (U)
Purple Swamphen (C)
Red-necked Crake (r) (C)
Lewin's Rail (R)
Buff-banded Rail (C)
Ballion's Crake
Spotless Crake (U)
White-browed Crake (U)
Dusky Moorhen (U)
Eurasian Coot (C)
Pale-vented Bush-hen (U)
Australian Bustard (U)
Bush Stone-curlew (r) (C)
White-headed Stilt (C)
Pacific Golden Plover (Sept-April) (U)
Black-fronted Dotterel (C)
Red-kneed Dotterel (U)
Banded Lapwing (R)
Masked Lapwing (C)
Comb-crested Jacana (C)
Australian Painted Snipe (R)
Latham's Snipe (U)
Swinhoe's Snipe (Sept-April) (U)
Little Curlew (Sept-April) (R)
Common Sandpiper (Aug-April) (U)
Common Greenshank (Sept-April) (U)
Marsh Sandpiper (Sept-April) (U)
Wood Sandpiper (Sept-April) (R)
Red-necked Stint (Sept-April) (U)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Sept-April) (U)
Curlew Sandpiper (Sept-April) (U)
Red-backed Button-quail (U)
Buff-breasted Button-quail (R)
Painted Button-quail (U)
Red-chested Button-quail (R)
Little Button-quail (V)
Australian Pratincole (U)
Gull-billed Tern (U)
Caspian Tern (C)
Whiskered Tern (U)
White-wing. Black Tern (Sep-May) (U)
Silver Gull (R)
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (C)
Galah (C)
Little Corella (U)
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (C)
Cockatiel (R)
Rainbow Lorikeet (C)
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (C)
Little Lorikeet (R)
Double-eyed Fig-Parrot (r) (C)
Eclectus Parrot (U) feral
Australian King-Parrot (U)
Red-winged Parrot (C)
Crimson Rosella (U)
Pale-headed Rosella (C)
Pheasant Coucal (C)
Common Koel (Sep-Mar)
Channel-billed Cuckoo (Sep-Mar) (C)
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (U)
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo (C)


Little Bronze-Cuckoo (U)
Pallid Cuckoo (U)
Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo (U)
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (U)
Brush Cuckoo (C)
Oriental Cuckoo (U)
Rufous Owl (U)
Barking Owl (U)
Southern Boobook (U)
Lesser Sooty Owl (r) (U)
Masked Owl (R)
Barn Owl (r) (C)
Grass Owl (U)
Azure Kingfisher (U)
Little Kingfisher (R)
Buff-br. Paradise-Kingfisher (r) (C) (Nov-April)
Laughing Kookaburra (r) (C)
Blue-winged Kookaburra (r) (C)
Yellow-billed Kingfisher (V) 1 record 28/12/2013
Forest Kingfisher (r) (C)
Red-backed Kingfisher (U)
Sacred Kingfisher (U)
Rainbow Bee-eater (C)
Dollarbird (Sept-May)
Noisy Pitta (r) (C)
White-throated Treecreeper (C)
Brown Treecreeper (U)
Spotted Catbird (r) (C)
Tooth-billed Bowerbird (C)
Golden Bowerbird (C)
Satin Bowerbird (R)
Great Bowerbird (C)
Red-backed Fairy-wren (U)
Lovely Fairy-wren (U)
Fernwren (C)
Yellow-throated Scrubwren (C)
White-browed Scrubwren (U)
Atherton Scrubwren (C)
Large-billed Scrubwren (C)
Weebill (C)
Brown Gerygone (C)
Large-billed Gerygone (C)
Fairy Gerygone (C)
White-throated Gerygone (C)
Buff-rumped Thornbill (R)
Mountain Thornbill (C)
Spotted Pardalote (R)
Red-browed Pardalote (R)
Striated Pardalote (C)
Eastern Spinebill (U)
Lewin's Honeyeater (C)
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (r) (C)
Cryptic Honeyeater (r) (C)
Bridled Honeyeater (C)
Yellow-faced Honeyeater (C)
White-gaped Honeyeater (R)
Yellow Honeyeater (C)
Brown-backed Honeyeater (C)
Bar-breasted Honeyeater (U)
Dusky Honeyeater (C)
Scarlet Honeyeater (C)
Banded Honeyeater (U)
Brown Honeyeater (C)
White-cheeked Honeyeater (U)
White-streaked Honeyeater (V)
Black-chinned Honeyeater (R)
White-throated Honeyeater (C)
White-naped Honeyeater (R)
Blue-faced Honeyeater (C)
Helmeted Friarbird (V)
Noisy Friarbird (C)
Little Friarbird (C)
Macleay's Honeyeater (r) (C)
Grey-crowned Babbler (C)
Chowchilla (C)
Eastern Whipbird (U)
Varied Sittella (U)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (U)
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (C)
Barred Cuckoo-shrike (C)
Cicadabird (C)
White-winged Triller (U)
Varied Triller (r) (C)
Golden Whistler (C)
Grey Whistler (r) (C)
Rufous Whistler (C)
Little Shrike-thrush (r) (C)
Bower's Shrike-thrush (C)
Grey Shrike-thrush (U)
Australasian Figbird (C)
Yellow Oriole (U)
Olive-backed Oriole (C)
White-breasted Woodswallow (C)
White-browed Woodswallow (R)
Black-faced Woodswallow (R)
Little Woodswallow (R)
Black Butcherbird (C)
Grey Butcherbird (R)
Black-backed Butcherbird (R)
Pied Butcherbird (C)
Australian Magpie (R)
Pied Currawong (U)
Spangled Drongo (C)
Rufous Fantail (C)
Grey Fantail (C)
Northern Fantail (U)
Willie Wagtail (C)
Torresian Crow (C)
Leaden Flycatcher (C)
Satin Flycatcher (U)
Shining Flycatcher (U)
Restless Flycatcher (U)
White-eared Monarch (June-Oct)
Black-faced Monarch (C) (Sept-Apr)
Spectacled Monarch (r) (C)
Magpie-lark (C)
Pied Monarch (r) (C)
Yellow-breasted Boatbill (r) (C)
Apostlebird (C)
Victoria's Riflebird (U)
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (C)
Pale-yellow Robin (r) (C)
Eastern Yellow Robin (U)
Mangrove Robin(V) (1 amazing record) (C)
Grey-headed Robin (r) March-Oct.) (C)
White-browed Robin (C)
Horsfield's Bushlark (R)
Golden-headed Cisticola (C)
Australian Reed-warbler (U)
Oriental Reed-warbler (V)
Tawny Grassbird (U)
Rufous Songlark (V)
Brown Songlark (V)
Silvereye (r) (C)
Welcome Swallow (C)
Fairy Martin (C)
Tree Martin (C)
Isabelline Wheatear (V) one off
Bassian Thrush (C)
Russet-tailed Thrush (R)
Metallic Starling (Aug-April) (C)
Common Myna (C)
Mistletoebird (r) (C)
Olive-backed Sunbird (r) (C)
Zebra Finch (V)
Double-barred Finch (U)
Black-throated Finch (U)
Red-browed Finch (r) (C)
Blue-faced Parrot-Finch (U)
Gouldian Finch (R)
Nutmeg Mannikin (U)
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (C)
House Sparrow (U)
Australasian Pipit (C)
Grey Wagtail (V) two records


Names and Taxonomic order used for the list follows International Ornithologists' Union (IOU) Birdlife Australia Working List (more information found here). This superceedes Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds By L Christidis and W E Boles (CSIRO, Melbourne, 2008), which is no loger being updated.

For a more detailed list of birds you are most likely to see on your visit go to the ebird site Hotspots type in Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge in the Location search area and put in the dates you want your list to cover in the date range search area, click search and then the hotspot marker for the Lodge.

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