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Bird watching

Birding in the NT is just as much about the bird as it is about the location. Discover the unique and diverse bird species that call the NT home.

The Northern Territory is home to expansive and varying eco-systems from desert, savannah woodlands, and sandstone plateau to wetlands, mangrove and monsoon forests. It also welcomes unique weather patterns – a perfect combination that brings in over 400 bird species.

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There are many ways to see the rich resident birdlife of the Northern Territory. Look out for the tell-tale shadow of a soaring bird of prey during a hike, join a cruise through wetlands, wander through a wildlife park, volunteer to help on a bird counting survey, or join a guided birdwatching tour.

Home of rare bird species

Several bird species are native and unique to the NT, including the White-throated Grasswren, White-lined Honeyeater, Hooded Parrot, Chestnut-Quilled Rock Pigeon, Banded Fruit-Dove, Partridge Pigeon (Red-faced) and Helmeted Friarbird. A further 14 rare species, including the Gouldian Finch, can also be spotted throughout the territory.

Birds of the tropical Top End

There are a variety of opportunities to Bird watch in the Top End, however if you’re looking for something specific why not book a tour with one of our Bird Watching specialists listed. See birds in their native environment from the comfort of your accommodation or get out on some of our many walks through our National Parks and become immersed in bird calls and other nature sounds.

Birds of Central Australia

The region stretching from Tennant Creek to Alice Springs and Uluru in the south is home to a diverse range of bird species. Explore the woodlands, riverine, range and gorge habitats or wander the spinifex and sand dunes spying both common and more elusive birds. Join one of the specialist guides in Central Australia on a day or extended tour, or self- guide yourself through this remarkable and surprising desert landscape.

Birds on show

For those keen to know more about local bird species or if you are just getting the itch for bird watching, head to one of the wildlife parks in the Northern Territory to gain an close encounter with a variety of species from the qualified bird handling specialists.

Bird checklist

These are just a few, for a more comprehensive list of birds in the Northern Territory please download the Bird Checklist (PDF).

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