Top 13 Bird Species You Will Be Sure to See in Central Australia.

Over 180 species of birds can be found in Central Australia's stunning and diverse habitats, making it a bird watcher's paradise. Since Central Australia has such a diverse climate and beautiful woodlands and landscapes, it's no surprise that the region is home to over 180 different species of birds. 

The Larapinta Trail in Alice Springs is a great place to see various birds. The Banded Lapwing, the Kestrel, the Black-faced Woodswallow, and the Australian Pratincole are some of the common birds found in Central Australia. In addition, you'll see a variety of beautiful birds, including the Crested Pigeon. 

Scrubland is an excellent place to look for smaller species of birds, such as the Zebra Finch. Despite the different microclimates, Bird watching in this area is rewarding. As a result of their tendency to move around and occupy large areas, many species here are challenging to observe. It is impossible to find these species anywhere else because they are so tightly clustered in a single microhabitat.

1. Zebra Finch

Tiny birds with red beaks and striped tails are known as zebra finches. This species of birds of Alice Springs gets its name from its zebra-striped tail. Cape York Peninsula or coastal areas are the exceptions to this rule. The islands of Timor and Sunda also have them. The bills of adult birds are red, while the bills of juvenile birds are entirely white. Male birds have chestnut-coloured cheeks. The birds gather in large groups at watering holes and often form large flocks. Grass seeds are their primary source of nutrition. They prefer open grasslands with water nearby, and their flight pattern is undulating and "bouncy."


2. Budgerigar

It's a small green parrot with a yellow back and head known as a budgerigar. While in flight, its diamond-shaped tail develops a long point, making their direct flight too fast. When food and water are scarce, this bird moves to a different location. After heavy rain, it can be found in open grassy areas. Grass seeds make up the bulk of their diet because they eat from the ground. If you go bird watching in Alice Springs, you can see them by the hundreds after rain, as they are always found in groups.

Zebra Finches and Budgies Curtin Springs fence

Zebra Finches & Budgies

Budgies feeding Standley Chasm

Budgies feeding

3. Cockatiel

A native of Australia's semi-arid regions, the cockatiel forages on the ground rather than in the dense rainforests that other birds favour. This species is one of the smaller members of the parrot family and is best known for its distinctive crest. They raise and lower themselves depending on how they're feeling—excited or curious, they raise their heads, and stressed, they lower them.


4. Yellow Rumped Thornbill

The Yellow-Rumped Thornbill lives on the ground in woodlands, forests, shrublands, and grasslands with some trees in Australia's eastern and southern parts. It is the biggest and most well-known thornbill and has a bright yellow rump that makes it stand out. It is mostly grey-olive to grey-brown on top and cream on the bottom but has a black crown with white spots and a dark eye stripe.

Cockatiels Curtin Springs

5. Red-backed Kingfisher

The drier parts of Australia are home to the majority of Red-backed Kingfisher's range. These Kingfishers can survive in Australia's interior deserts, unlike other Kingfishers. During the breeding season in the summer, they can be found in the southern part of the United States, where they use the earthy banks of river courses to dig nesting burrows. If you ever go bird spotting, you can find them in eucalyptus woodlands, scrubland, and tussocks (small areas of stiff, tufted grass that grow higher than the surrounding grasses).


6. Galah

The galah comes from Australia, where it lives in open grasslands and can be found all across the country. It's easy to spot because it has a rose-pink head, neck, and underside. Its crown is a lighter pink, and its back, wings, and undertail are grey.



7. Australian (Pt Lincoln) Ringneck

Different regions of Australia have different sizes and colours of the Australian ringneck parrot. There are 4 subspecies, divided into two main groups, each with distinct characteristics. A yellow band can be seen on the hind-neck of all of them. Among Mallees, it has a majorly green head and neck and belongs to the family. They can be found in sets or small flocks over open woodlands and tree-lined waterways, making them an endemic (found only in Australia) species.


8. Mulga Parrot

Throughout the Australian continent, these parrots can be found in the drier regions of the interior. Mulga Parrots are known for their unusually long tails, which can reach lengths of nearly as much as the bird itself. Slender and pointed, it accentuates their figure.

Ringneck Parrot

Ringneck Parrot

Mulga Parrot

Mulga Parrot

9. Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo

Large and friendly, Major Mitchell's cockatoos are stunning salmon-pink birds. The Major Mitchell's cockatoo is a cockatoo species native to Australia's inland areas. These birds nest in pairs in treeless areas and woodlands and are always near water.


10. Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

The Red-tailed Black-helmet Cockatoo's is visible with its erectile crest raised and pushed forward. Black with bright red stripes on its tail, the male has a glossy finish. Unlike the male, the female's plumage is drab and spotted with yellow on the head, neck, and wings. Although it can be found in a variety of habitats, the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo prefers Eucalyptus forests and woodlands, often in nearby shrub lands or woodlands.

Major Mitchell Cockatoos flying

Major Mitchell Cockatoos flying

Red tailed Black Cockatoo

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

11. Peregrine Falcon

The Peregrine Falcon lives all over Australia, but it is not a very common bird anywhere. Peregrine Falcons are large, powerful raptors (birds of prey). They have a black hood, blue-black upperparts, and creamy white chin, throat, and underparts. From the breast to the tail, the underparts are barred very finely. The ring around the eye is yellow, and the heavy bill is also yellow, with a black tip.


12. Black Breasted Buzzard

Black-breasted Buzzards can be found only in Australia's northern and central regions, as well as in semi-arid and arid areas. One can recognise it by its large, black appearance and its distinctively short, square-tipped tail. There are light-phase and dark-phase birds that have sandy-brown breasts. In order to perch, the bird has a short tail and long wings.

13. Wedge-Tailed Eagle

The Wedge-tailed Eagle can be found throughout Tasmania, Australia, and New Guinea's southernmost region. Wingspan 2.3 m, a distinctive long, wedge-shaped tail, and feathered legs to the base of the toes are characteristics of this bird. Pink to cream on the bill, brown on the eye and off-white feet. With reddish brown heads and wings, young Wedge-tail Eagles are dark brown. Ten years into their lives, they begin to darken; by the time they reach adulthood, they are primarily blackish-brown in colour.

Wedge Tailed Eagles

Wedge-tailed Eagle


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