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Bird watching around Uluru

Bird watching around Uluru

Bird watching in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a remarkable place to spot over 150 species, including rare birds like the scarlet-chested parrot.

Amongst the remarkable landscape of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park over 150 species of birds exist.

Bird watching in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a unique place to spot several rare species of birds such as the scarlet-chested parrot and the Great honeyeater.

Puli birds

The word ‘Puli’ comes from the local Anangu language, meaning rocks, gorges and rocky slopes, and is the given name to the types birds that frequent these areas.

Birds such as the Brown falcon and the Grey-headed honeyeater can be spotted in the park, in fact the Grey-headed honeyeater can be seen at the Mutitjulu waterhole so make sure you keep an eye out for it.

Karu Birds

The word ‘Karu’ refers to creek beds and gullies in the local language, which is where you will find a variety of species, iconic to Australia, such as the Rainbow bee-eater and the Red-backed kingfisher.

Your best chance to see Karu birds is to join the Mala Walk or venture out to Kata Tjuta and try the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge walks.

Puti Wanari birds

Mulga is the common tree found throughout the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Puti Wanari refers to flat country with mulga stands.

The colourful birds such as the Splendid fair-wren and Red-capped robin frequent this area, so keep an eye out for them along the base walk of Uluru.

Uluru birds app

The cultural relevance of the variety of birds plays just as much importance as the identification of birds in this area.

Anangu, the Aboriginal Traditional owners of this area, refer to a variety of bird species in their own language and provide visitors on how to pronounce bird names in Pitjantjatjara through the use of the bird app on either an Apple or Android device.

Bird checklist

  • Scarlet-chested parrot
  • Great honeyeater
  • Brown falcon
  • Grey-headed honeyeater
  • Rainbow bee-eater
  • Red-backed kingfisher
  • Splendid fair-wren
  • Red-capped robin

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