Water Birds Found in Indonesia: Wading / Seabirds or Birds Mostly found Near Bodies of Water

Other birds found in Indonesia: Listing of Birds or Photos

Birds native to, or found in Indonesia that are usually found in or near bodies of water:

Australasian Darters or Australian Darters (Anhinga novaehollandiae)

Australian Darter

Australian Pelican (Pelicanus conspicillatus)

Spot-billed Pelican or Grey Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis)

Band-bellied Crake (Porzana paykullii)

Ruddy-breasted or Ruddy Crake (Porzana fusca)

Spotless Crake (Porzana tabuensis)

White-browed Crakes (Porzana cinerea)

Spotless Crake
White-browed Crake
Ruddy-breasted Crake

Barau’s Petrel (Pterodroma baraui)

Jouanin’s Petrel (Bulweria fallax)

Kingfishers although not strictly “water birds” – they commonly fish in water

Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus giganteus) aka Beach Thick-knee

Black Bittern (Ixobrychus flavicollis)

Schrenck’s Bittern (Ixobrychus eurhythmus) – Winters in Indonesia

Schrenck's Bittern

Black-naped Tern (Sterna sumatrana)

Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta)

Chinese Egret or Swinhoe’s Egret (Egretta eulophotes)

Chinese Egret
Eastern Great Egret

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus leucocephalus)

Pied Stilt or White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus or Himantopus himantopus leucocephalus)

Pied Stilt

Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

Grey-crowned Babblers (Pomatostomus temporalis)

New Guinea Babbler (Pomatostomus isidorei)

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos)

Little Pied Cormorant

Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica) or Indian Whistling Duck

Pacific Black Ducks (Anas superciliosa)

Spotted Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna guttata)

Sunda Teal (Anas gibberifrons) – dabbling duck

Wandering Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna arcuata)

Spotted Whistling-Duck
Sunda Teal
Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata)

Nankeen Night Heron aka Rufous Night Heron and in Melanesia as Melabaob (Nycticorax caledonicus)

Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) also known as the Black-billed Spoonbill

Royal Spoonbills

Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)

White-shouldered Ibis (Pseudibis davisoni) – Wading Bird – Range: Occurs at a few sites in northern Cambodia, southern Vietnam, extreme southern Laos and East Kalimantan in Indonesia

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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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