Alice Springs Birds •

Alice Springs BirdsAlice Springs Birds — image index Babblers Black-faced Cuckooshrike Brown Falcon Channel-billed Cuckoo Crested Pigeon Galah Magpie-lark Musk Duck Port Lincoln Ringneck Rainbow Bee-eater Sacred Kingfisher Sanderling Singing Honeyeater Spinifex Pigeon Southern Boobook Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Splendid Fairy-wren Spotted Dove Wedge-tailed Eagle Western Bowerbird Whistling Kite White-plumed Honeyeater Willie Wagtail Yellow-throated Miner

One of the impressive birds you can see soaring in the air as you look up to our brilliant blue sky is the Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax). They can also often be seen on and along the highways, usually feeding on road kill.

Drivers are asked to take care when they see the Wedge-tailed Eagle feeding on the road or at the side of the road, as eagles have become the victims of highway traffic, with large numbers being killed as they feed on dead animals by the road. Please note, that they are slow to take to the air, especially after feeding. Where possible and safely, move any dead carrion at least several metres off the road.

Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)

The largest Australian bird of prey is our Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax). With a wing span reaching more than two metres, and a body measuring up to one metre from head to tail-tip, it has a hooked bill and large talons that can weigh about 4 kg.

Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)

The females are larger than males. The young birds have brown feathers that become progressively darker as the bird ages, with the mature adults being dark brown to black, with white and bronze feathers on their necks and wings. The legs are feathered to the base of the toe.

Check out our Birds section for more info on the Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax).


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Accipitriformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Genus: Aquila
  • Species: Aquila audax

Alice Springs BirdsAlice Springs Birds — image index Babblers Black-faced Cuckooshrike Brown Falcon Channel-billed Cuckoo Crested Pigeon Galah Magpie-lark Musk Duck Port Lincoln Ringneck Rainbow Bee-eater Sacred Kingfisher Sanderling Singing Honeyeater Spinifex Pigeon Southern Boobook Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Splendid Fairy-wren Spotted Dove Wedge-tailed Eagle Western Bowerbird Whistling Kite White-plumed Honeyeater Willie Wagtail Yellow-throated Miner

Alice Springs FaunaAlice Springs Native Bees Alice Springs Beetles Alice Springs Birds Alice Springs Birds — image index Alice Springs — Babblers Alice Springs — Black-faced Cuckooshrike Alice Springs — Brown Falcon Alice Springs — Channel-billed Cuckoo Alice Springs — Crested Pigeon Alice Springs — Galah Alice Springs — Magpie-lark Alice Springs — Musk Duck Alice Springs — Port Lincoln Ringneck Alice Springs — Rainbow Bee-eater Alice Springs — Sacred Kingfisher Alice Springs — Sanderling Alice Springs — Singing Honeyeater Alice Springs — Spinifex Pigeon Alice Springs — Southern Boobook Alice Springs — Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Alice Springs — Splendid Fairy-wren Alice Springs — Spotted Dove Alice Springs — Wedge-tailed Eagle Alice Springs — Western Bowerbird Alice Springs — Whistling Kite Alice Springs — White-plumed Honeyeater Alice Springs — Willie Wagtail Alice Springs — Yellow-throated Miner Alice Springs Gastropods (Gastropoda) Ambigolimax spp (Keelback Slug) Granulomelon adcockianum (Camaenid Land Snail) Alice Springs Insects Antlion (Heoclisis fundata) Alice Springs Ants (Formicidae) Camponotus novaehollandiae group Alice Springs Bees Amegilla Bee Braunsapis sp Bright-white Masked Bee Bush Bee Ceylalictus perditellus European Honey Bee Exoneurella eremophila Golden-browed Resin Bee Lasioglossum (Homalictus) Lasioglossum (Homalictus) on Eucalyptus orbifolia Lasioglossum (Homalictus) dotatum Lasioglossum (Homalictus) urbanum Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) Lipotriches Megachile deanii Red-headed Masked Bee Stenotritidae genus Stenotritus Xanthesma (Xenohesma) Alice Springs Beetles Bisallardiana sp Blaps polychresta Bolboceratidae Calosoma oceanicum Carphurus (Soft-winged Flower Beetle) Chalcophorotaenia Chlorobapta frontalis Coccinella transversalis (Transverse Ladybird) Eretes australis (Padded Diving Beetle) Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (Mealybug Destroyer Beetle) Hydrophilus brevispina Lepidiota Merimna atrata Neospades sp Pachydissus (Longhorn Beetles) Paropsisterna laesa (Eucalyptus Leaf Beetle) Phoracantha punctata (Longhorn Beetle) Phorticosomus sp Prioninae subfamily Protaetia fusca (Mottled Flower Scarab) Pterohelaeus sp (Blue Pie-dish Beetles) Alice Springs Blattodea Alice Springs Calolampra sp Alice Springs Desmozosteria cincta Alice Springs Ellipsidion australe Alice Springs Ellipsidion humarale Alice Springs Pycnoscelus sp Alice Springs Butterflies & Moths (Lepidopterans) Alice Springs Butterflies Blue Moon Butterfly Caper White Butterfly, Egg and Instar Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus) Glasswing (Acraea andromacha) Lesser Wanderer (Danaus petilia) Meadow Argus (Junonia villida calybe) Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) Two-spotted Line-blue Butterfly (Nacaduba biocellata) Alice Springs Moths Aedia leucomelas (Sweet Potato Leaf Worm) Australian Striped Hawk Moth (Hyles livornicoides) Bag-shelter Moth & Processionary Caterpillar Carpenter Moth (Endoxyla cinereus) Chasmina pulchra (White Beauty) Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli) Cossid Moth (Endoxyla leucomochla) Dasypodia selenophora (Southern Old Lady Moth) Endoxyla Moth (family Cossidae) Laced Day-Moth (Ipanica cornigera) Godart’s Hawkmoth (Agrius godarti) Helicoverpa punctigera (Australian Fruitworm) Leptocneria binotata Mocis alterna (Bean Looper Moth) Owlet Moth (Eudesmeola lawsoni) Owlet Moth (Ophiusa parcemacula) Sameodes cancellalis (Banded Pearl) Yeperenye / Yipirinya Alice Springs Diptera Alice Springs Green Blowfly Australiphthiria sp (Bee Fly) Mydas Fly, Miltinus sp Robber Fly, Bathypogon sp Golden Native Drone Fly (Eristalinus punctulatus) Stiletto Fly (Agapophytus yeatesi) Soldier Flies (Odontomyia) Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) Yellow-shouldered Hover Fly, Ischiodon scutellaris Alice Springs Dragonflies Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) Scarlet Percher (Diplacodes haematodes) Alice Springs Orthoptera – Orthopteroids Acrida conica Garden Mantis Giant Grasshopper Valanga irregularis nymph Valanga irregularis as prey Spur-throated Locust Woodger’s Gumleaf Katydid Alice Springs True Bugs (Heteroptera) Eucalyptus Tip-wilting Bug Ground Shield Bug (Choerocoris paganus) Ippatha australiensis Poecilometis patruelis (Shield Bug) Soapberry Bugs, Leptocoris sp Spilostethus sp Alice Springs Water Scorpion Alice Springs Wasps Abispa ephippium Agriomyia maculata Bembicinae Bembix Blue Hairy Flower Wasp Cryptocheilus Cryptocheilus bicolor Cryptocheilus bicolor with Prey (Neosparassus sp) Delta latreillei Delta philantes Eumeninae Mud Nests and Potter Wasps Orchid Dupe Wasp Paralastor (Potter Wasp) Pseudabispa bicolor ssp. nigrocinctoides Sceliphron laetum Thynnid Flower Wasps Velvet Ant Family (Tribe Dasymutillini) Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp (Radumeris radula) Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp (Radumeris tasmaniensis) Alice Springs Marsupials Black-footed Rock Wallaby Euro Alice Springs Reptiles Bearded Dragon Bynoe’s Gecko Common Desert Ctenotus Ctenotus saxatilis Eastern Tree Dtella Long-nosed Dragon Perentie Alice Springs Spiders Australian Golden Orb Weaver Australian Huntsman Spiders (Sparassidae) Backobourkines Banded Garden Spider Beautiful Badge Huntsman (Neosparassus calligaster) Cytaea sp Desert Huntsman Spider Elegant Water Spider (Dolomedes facetus) Hackled Orb-weavers Hortophora sp Long-jawed Orb Weavers Long-tailed St. Andrew’s Cross Spider Lynx Spider (Oxyopidae) Miturgidae (Elassoctenus spp) Red-headed Mouse Spider Redback Spider (Latrodectus hasselti) Wall Spider (Oecobius sp)

Alice Springs FloraAlice Springs Flora Index Acacia ligulata Annual Yellowtop Bougainvillea Apple Bush Burdekin Plum Carob Tree (Ceratonia siliqa) Cattle Bush Desert Cotton (Aerva javanica) Desert Oak Eremophila Wildberry Feijoa sellowiana Flannel Cudweed Fork-leaf Corkwood Ghost Gum Golden Everlasting Kurrajong Lemon-flowered Gum MacDonnell’s Desert Fuchsia Native Bluebell Native Tomato Needlewood Olive Tree Perennial Yellow Top Rat’s Tail River Red Gum Inland River Red Gum Rosy Dock Round-leaved Mallee Scurvy Grass Silky Eremophila Stemodia viscosa Striped Mintbush Sturt’s Desert Pea Sturt’s Desert Rose Tangled Leschenaultia Tar Vine Weeping Bottlebrush White Cedar Yellow Billybutton Yellow-keeled Swainsona Yellow Oleander