Seabirds & Shorebirds: Albatrosses, Petrels, Fulmars, Frigate birds

Listing of Birds found in Australia … Photos of Birds found in Australia

Parrots / Psittacines found in Australia 

Ducks, geese, cranes, storks, moorhens, rails, cormorants and darters found in or near Australian water

Other Birds Found in or Near Water (mostly inland fresh water, marshland, etc.) 

Salvin's Albatross

Albatrosses (Ocean / Seabirds)

  • Albatrosses (Diomedeidae) – Range: Southern Ocean and the North Pacific
  • Antipodean AlbatrossesRange: Across the South Pacific from Australia to as far as Chile, from the Tropic of Capricorn south. Breed on Auckland Islands, Antipodes Islands and Campbell Island.
  • Buller’s Albatross (Thalassarche bulleri) – Range: Feeds in the seas off Australia and the South Pacific
  • Salvin’s Albatrosses (Thalassarche salvini) – Range: At sea they range from South Africa across to Australia
  • Shy Albatross / Shy Mollymawk (Thalassarche cauta) – Range: Breeds off Australia
  • Sooty Albatrosses (Phoebetria fusca)
Antipoden Island Albatross
Buller's Mollymawk or Buller's Albatross (Diomedea bulleri
Sooty Albatross or Dark-mantled Sooty Albatross
Shy Albatross

Southern Fulmar

Diving-petrels (Seabirds)

Fulmars (Seabirds)

Godwits (Shorebirds)

Black-tailed Godwit, Limosa limosa

Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor)

Frigatebirds (Seabirds)

Gannets (Seabirds)

Silver Gull

Gulls (Seabirds)


Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus), also known as the Antarctic Giant Petrel, Giant Fulmar, Stinker, and Stinkpot
Parkinson's Petrel or Black Petrel (Procellaria parkinsoni)
Kermadec Petrel (Pterodroma neglecta)
Great-winged Petrel
Black-winged Petrel
Northern Giant Petrel (Macronectes halli), also known as the Hall's Giant Petrel

Sandpipers (Shorebirds)

  • Cox’s Sandpiper (shorebirds which are hybrids between male Pectoral and female Curlew Sandpipers)

Shearwaters (Seabirds)

  • Wedge-tailed Shearwater - pale morph
  • (Puffinus pacificus) – Ranges – Breeds on islands off Western Australia
  • Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes) – seabird – Range: Along the coast of Western Australia from Cape Leeuwin to the Recherche Archipelago
  • Hutton’s Shearwaters (Puffinus huttoni) – Range: Winter visitor in South Australia
  • Short-tailed Shearwater or Muttonbird / Moonbird (Puffinus tenuirostris) – Seabirds
  • Streaked Shearwater (Calonectris leucomelas) – Seabirds – Range: Occurs in the Pacific Ocean, nesting in Japan and many of its offshore islands. After breeding, the Streaked Shearwater will migrate toward southern Australia. It has been reported well off the west coast of the United States
Hutton's Shearwater, Puffinus hutton
Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris)

Storm-Petrels (Seabirds)

White-faced Storm-petrel

Tattlers (Shorebirds)

  • Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes) – Range: Northeast Siberia. Winter in southeast Asia to Australia, as well as western North America and western Europe.

Terns (Seabirds)

  • Caspian Tern Courtship Ritual
  • (Hydroprogne caspia formerly Sterna caspia)
  • Australian Fairy Tern (Sterna nereis nereis)
  • Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)
  • Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) – Rare/Accidental
  • Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis, syn. Sterna bengalensis) – Range: Subtropical coastal parts of the world mainly from the Red Sea across the Indian Ocean to the western Pacific, and Australia, with a significant population on the southern coast of the Mediterranean on islands off the Libyan coast. May winter south to South Africa.
  • Gull-billed Tern, Gelochelidon nilotica
  • (Gelochelidon nilotica)
  • Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus) – Range: The paler C. h. javanicus from Java to Australia.
  • White-winged Tern or White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) – Range: Found in or near bodies of fresh water
  • Blue Noddy (Procelsterna cerulea) – Vagrant in Australia.
White-winged Tern or White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)
Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)
Whiskered Terns (Chlidonias hybridus)
Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)
Blue Noddy

More Birds Found in Australia

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