Bird Anatomybirds

Australian Waterbirds

Birds found in Australia in or near bodies of water (mostly freshwater and wetlands)

Avocets Australian Waterbirds
Avocets Australian Waterbirds

(Wetland Birds)

  • Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae) – Range: Found throughout Australia, except for the northern parts of the Northern Territory

Bird of Prey Hunting in Water (Freshwater Hunters)

  • Ospreys (P. h. cristatus) – Range: Along the coastline of, and along some large rivers within, Australia
  • White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) – Resident on coasts and major waterways

Bitterns (Wetland Birds / Waders)

Curlews (Waders)

Dowitcher (Waders)

  • Asiatic Dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus) – Northern Australia

Egrets (Shallow Water / Wetland Habitats)

Herons (Waders)

Ibises (Waders)

Australian White Ibis Scavenger for Food
Australian White Ibis Scavenger for Food

Jacanas (Waders)

  • Comb-crested Jacanas (Irediparra gallinacea), also known as the Lotusbird or Lilytrotter – Range: Northern and eastern Australia

Knots (Waders)

  • Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris) – Range: Winter visitor


Lapwings (Waders)

Oystercatchers (Waders)

Pelicans (Found in inland and coastal waters)


Penguins (Shore / Sea)

  • Erect-crested Penguins (Eudyptes sclateri)
  • Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) – Range: Southern Australia.

Plovers (Waders)

  • Caspian Plover (Charadrius asiaticus) – Range: Vagrant
  • Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii) – Range: Winter visitor
  • Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola), known as the Black-bellied Plover in North America – Seabirds

Sanderlings (Waders)

  • Sanderling (Calidris alba, syn. Crocethia alba or Erolia alba) – Range: Winters in Australia

Snipe (Waders)

  • Latham’s Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) aka Japanese Snipe – Range: Winters in eastern Australia, where it is the commonest Gallinago snipe
  • Pintail Snipe (Gallinago stenura) aka Pin-tailed Snipe – Range: Vagrant to north-western and northern Australia

Spoonbills (Waders)

Royal Spoonbill Standing in the Water
Royal Spoonbill Standing in the Water
  • Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) also known as the Black-billed Spoonbill – Range: Fresh and saltwater wetlands in Australia
  • Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes): Common in south-east Australia

Stilts (Waders)


Stints (Waders)

Stone-curlews (Waders)

More Birds Found in Australia

Birds of Inland Waters, Marshes and Wetlands: Ducks, Geese, Shelducks, Shovelers, Moorhens, Crakes, Rails, Grebes, Cormorants, Cranes, Darters, Swans and Storks

Sea and Shorebirds: Birds mostly occurring on the shore or out on the ocean (Seabirds) (Albatrosses, Petrels, Fulmars, Frigatebirds, Godwits, Gannets, Gulls, Sandpipers, Shearwaters, Tattlers, Terns)


Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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