Kangaroo Island Birds

Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island – after Tasmania and Melville Island.
It is one of Australia‘s great scenic treasures.

Kangaroo Island

Bird Species Found on Kangaroo Islands

Australian Pelican (Pelicanus conspicillatus) aka Goolayyalibee

Range: Australia, New Guinea, Fiji, parts of Indonesia, vagrant to New Zealand.

Australian Magpie (C. tibicentelonocua)

Range: From Cowell south into the Eyre and Yorke Peninsulas in southern South Australia, as well as the southwestern Gawler Ranges. Intermediate forms are found in the Mount Lofty Ranges and on Kangaroo Island.

Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami)

Found in eastern Australia from Far North Queensland to Illawarra in New South Wales. It has also been introduced to Kangaroo Island in South Australia.

Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae)

Range: Southern

Cape Barren Goose
Australian Brush-turkey
Australian Pelican
Elegant Grass Parakeets
Musk Lorikeet
Crimson Rosella

Glossy-black Cockatoo

Elegant Parrots, Elegant Grass Parakeets or Elegant Neophemas (Neophema elegans)

Range: South-western and South-eastern Australia as well as Kangaroo Island

Glossy Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami)

Range: Australia, from the central Queensland coast to East Gippsland in Victoria, and inland to the southern tablelands and central western plains of NSW, with a small population in the Riverina. An isolated population exists on Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

Kangaroo Island Crimson Rosellas

Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) aka Laughing Jackass

Range: Eastern Australia. Introduced into the south-west corner of Western Australia, Tasmania, Flinders Island, Kangaroo Island

Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor)

Range: Coastline of New Zealand, the Chatham Islands, Tasmania, and southern Australia.

Musk Lorikeets (Glossopsitta concinna)

Range: Southeast Australia, Kangaroo Islands, Tasmania

Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

Range: South-east of South Australia (including Kangaroo Island and Adelaide) and the tip of the Eyre Peninsula, through all of Victoria, Tasmania, coastal and sub-coastal New South Wales and Queensland, through the Brisbane area and extending inland – north to the Dawson River and west to Blackall; it is a common bird in the suburbs of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

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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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