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Western Australia is bordered in the east by Northern Territory and South Australia, and in the south, west, and north by Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean. The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) manages more than 26 million hectares of land and water, in the form of 93 national parks, 13 nature reserves, 14 forest recreation areas, 16 marine parks and reserves and 26 other parks and reserves. Almost 550 species of birds have been recorded in Western Australia, 387 of which have been recorded breeding.
16 species of birds are endemic to Western Australia: Carnaby's Cockatoo, Baudin's Cockatoo, Western Corella, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Noisy Scrub-bird, Red-winged Fairywren, Black Grasswren, Western Bristlebird, Dusky Gerygone, Western Thornbill, Western Wattlebird, Kimberley Honeyeater, Western Spinebill, White-breasted Robin and Red-eared Firetail.
Birds you can see here include:
Laughing Dove, Peaceful Dove, Diamond Dove, Bar-shouldered Dove, Common Bronzewing, Brush Bronzewing, Crested Pigeon, Spinifex Pigeon, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, White-tailed Black Cockatoo, Galah, Little Corella, Pink Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Red-winged Parrot, Regent Parrot, Cockatiel, Ground Parrot, Budgerigar, Red-capped Parrot, Western Rosella, Port Lincoln Ringneck, Mulga Parrot, Blue Bonnet, Bourke's Parrot, Elegant Parrot, Rock Parrot, Scarlet-chested Parrot, Pallid Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Black-eared Cuckoo, Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo, Southern Boobook Owl, Barking Owl, Barn Owl, Australian Masked Owl, Tawny Frogmouth, Australian Owlet-Nightjar, Spotted Nightjar, Fork-tailed Swift, Azure Kingfisher, Laughing Kookaburra, Red-backed Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Pacific Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Noisy Scrub-Bird, Singing Bushlark, White-backed Swallow, Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin, Fairy Martin, Richard's Pipit, Black-faced Cuckooshrike, Ground Cuckooshrike, White-winged Triller, Varied Triller, Southern Scrub Robin, Scarlet Robin, Red-capped Robin, Hooded Robin, Mangrove Robin, Western Yellow Robin, Jacky Winter, Crested Shrike-tit, Gilbert's Whistler, Golden Whistler, Mangrove Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, White-breasted Whistler, Grey Shrike Thrush, Crested Bellbird, Restless Flycatcher, Rufous Fantail, Grey Fantail, Mangrove Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Western Whipbird, Chiming Wedgebill, Chestnut Quail Thrush, Chestnut-breasted Quail Thrush, Cinnamon Quail Thrush, Grey-crowned Babbler, White-browed Babbler, Clamorous Reed Warbler,Little Grassbird, Rufous Songlark, Brown Songlark, Splendid Fairywren, Variegated Fairywren, Blue-breasted Fairywren, Red-winged Fairywren, White-winged Fairywren, Red-backed Fairywren, Rufous-crowned Emuwren, Southern Emuwren, Black Grasswren, Pilbara Grasswren, Thick-billed Grasswren, White-browed Scrubwren, Shy Hylacola, Redthroat, Rufous Calamanthus, Weebill, Dusky Gerygone, Mangrove Gerygone, Western Gerygone, Inland Thornbill, Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Slaty-backed Thornbill, Western Thornbill, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Southern Whiteface, Banded Whiteface, Varied Sittella, White-browed Treecreeper, Rufous Treecreeper, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Red Wattlebird, Western Wattlebird, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Yellow-throated Miner, Singing Honeyeater, White-gaped Honeyeater, White-eared Honeyeater, Purple-gaped Honeyeater, Grey-headed Honeyeater, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Grey-fronted Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Brown-headed Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, White-cheeked Honeyeater, White-fronted Honeyeater, Grey Honeyeater, Western Spinebill, Black Honeyeater, Pied Honeyeater, Crimson Chat, Orange Chat, White-fronted Chat, Mistletoebird, Spotted Pardalote, Red-browed Pardalote, Striated Pardalote, Australian Yellow White-eye, Silvereye, Red-eared Firetail, Painted Firetail, Star Finch, Crimson Finch, Zebra Finch, Double-barred Finch, Masked Finch, Long-tailed Finch, Gouldian Finch, Yellow Oriole, Western Bowerbird, Great Bowerbird, Australian Magpie Lark, White-breasted Woodswallow, Masked Woodswallow, White-browed Woodswallow, Black-faced Woodswallow, Dusky Woodswallow, Little Woodswallow, Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Grey Currawong, Australian Raven, Little Crow, Torresian Crow
Areas of Interest
- Kalbarri National Park - located on the lower reaches of the Murchison River, approximately 550 km north of Perth.
- Broome Bird Observatory - located on the north side of Roebuck Bay, about 25 km east of the town of Broome.
- Eyre Bird Observatory - located just off the Eyre Highway, near Cocklebiddy.
- Dryandra Woodland - a DEC reserve, located about 22km north-west of the town of Narrogin, about 2 hours drive south-east of Perth.
- Perth area - information on several birding locations in the area.
- Two Peoples Bay - located on the south coast near Albany
- Western Australia on Birds Australia website
- Birding Western Australia
- National Parks and Nature Reserves
- Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve