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Cairns and Kuranda - Atherton Tablelands also known now as Cairns Highlands - Daintree Rainforest and Daintree River - Mt.Carbine Tablelands and Julatten - Misty Mountains and Ravenshoe - Cooktown - Iron Range - Lakefield National Park and Lotus Bird Lodge - Cape York - Great Barrier Reef and Islands - Georgetown and the Gulf Savannah.................and most other notable birding and wildlife destinations around Australia.



 

 

Bird Watch Montage
Azure Kingfisher
Spotted Catbird
Galah

Eastern Yellow
Robin
Mistletoebird
Varied Sitella
Victoria's Riflebird
Large-tailed
Nightjar
Pied Monarch
Olive-backed
Sunbird
Emerald Dove
Rainbow Bee-eater
Spotted
Pardalote
Forest Kingfisher

Red-backed
Fairywren
Golden Whistler
Scarlet
Honeyeater

The Tropical North Queensland region is internationally recognized as a major destination for birdwatchers from around the world.


Over half of Australia's bird species are found here, including 12 species that are locally endemic to the rainforests of the Cairns and Tablelands region: Golden and Tooth-billed Bowerbirds, Victoria's Riflebird, Bridled and Macleay's Honeyeaters, Bower's Shrike-thrush, Chowchilla, Pied Monarch, Mountain Thornbill, Fernwren, Atherton Scrubwren and Lesser Sooty Owl.

 

Within a 150 kilometre radius of Cairns there are eleven different habitats that we regularly visit. These include the tall, wet sclerophyll forests restricted to the western edge of the ranges that provide habitat for species such as Little Lorikeet, Fuscous, White-cheeked and Banded Honeyeaters, Crested Shrike-tit, Lovely Wren, Grey Butcherbird and button quails.

 


 
Southern Cassowary
Southern Cassowary 

Noisy Pitta
Noisy Pitta
In the dry sclerophyll woodland to the west and north of Cairns we find species such as Squatter Pigeon, Black-throated Finch, Pale-headed Rosella, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-backed Wren, Great Bowerbird, Grey-crowned Babbler, Apostlebird , Buff-breasted and Painted Button-quail and Barking Owl. Nearby in the savannah Bustard, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Spotted and Swamp Harriers and other raptors can be found.

The tropical rainforests ( lowlands, uplands and highlands) are home to the local endemic bird species. In addition, Cassowary, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Blue-faced Finch, Red-necked Crake, White-eared Monarch, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Wompoo, Topknot and White-headed Pigeons, Noisy Pitta, Grey-headed and Pale Yellow Robins are found here.






Broad-billed Sandpiper and Red-kneed Dotterel.
Broad-billed Sandpiper and
Red-kneed Dotterel.

 The region also has a number of permanent and ephemeral wetlands which provide habitat for species such as Cotton and Green Pygmy-goose, Radjah Shelduck, Wandering and Plumed Whistling-ducks, Glossy Ibis, Comb-crested Jacana, White-browed, Baillon's and Spotless Crakes, Black and Little Bittern and Black-necked Stork. During the cooler months we commonly see large mixed flocks of Sarus Cranes and Brolgas on arable land.

The mudflats, mangroves and inter-tidal zone  of Cairns Esplanade and Trinity Inlet region have become a focal point for birdwatchers from around the world. Waders are present in numbers from about September to early March. Some of the species found here include Terek, Sharp-tailed, Curlew and Broad-billed Sandpipers, Asiatic Dowitcher, Red-necked Stint, Mongolian and Greater Sand Plovers, Great and Red Knots, Black and Bar-tailed Godwits and often a pair of Beach Stone-curlew.

 

 

Beach Stone-curlew
Beach Stone-curlew

White-bellied Sea-eagle, Brahminy Kite, Osprey and Peregrine Falcon are also frequently seen quartering the inlet and mudflats. Mangrove Robin and Varied Honeyeater are often observed in the nearby mangroves with an occasional sighting of a Great-billed Heron. The Great Barrier Reef, sand cays and islands are a must for the serious birdwatcher. Species we most often see include Greater and Lesser Frigatebirds, Common and Black Noddies, Sooty, Bridled, Black-naped, Crested, Lesser Crested and Caspian Terns, Brown Boobies and occasionally Sooty Oystercatcher, Roseate Tern, Masked Booby and White-tailed Tropicbird.


A 4-day tour around the Cairns, Tablelands and Daintree region usually averages about 200+/- bird species; a single day 100+/- species (full species list available). Wild Watch also offers birdwatching excursions to Cape York/Iron Range, Kakadu, Tasmania  and other locations around Australia.

 

To Birding Cape York

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Bird Watch Montage
Australian Bustard Rufous Owl Black-necked Stork