Wild Watch Australia

Iron Range & Lakefield

Cape York, Iron Range, Musgrave and Lakefield

Birdwatching Cape York – Iron Range, Musgrave and Lakefield.    

The Cape York Peninsula is a vast wilderness area that contains a variety of habitats from floodplain and mangrove swamp to heathland and monsoon forest.

Yellow-billed Kingfisher

The Iron Range is a must for the serious birdwatcher and is particularly noted for its spectacular species

Species include:

Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus and Red-cheeked Parrots, Magnificent Riflebird, Trumpet Manucode, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Red-bellied Pitta, Northern Scrub-robin, Fawn-breasted Bowerbird and many other species.

Marbled and Papuan Frogmouths, nightjars and Rufous Owls are frequently seen at night while spotlighting.

Marbled Frogmouth

The Lakefield and Musgrave area also provide excellent birdwatching opportunities. Species of note include Golden-shouldered Parrot, Star Finch, White-streaked Honeyeater, Black-backed Butcherbird, Black-breasted Buzzard, Red Goshawk, Grass, Barn, Boobook and Barking Owls, Pratincoles and occasionally Oriental Plover.




Black-throated Finch