Alice Springs / Central Australia ~ Snapshots from the Northern Territory

It is not hidden secret, but Central Australia offers the bird watcher a wonderful destination to see a huge number of bird species, from the local birds that are native to the area and the migratory birds that are passing through.

As well as the Red Centre Bird Festival in early September, visitors to the region have the opportunity to see our feathered creatures all year round.

Our selection of images in Snapshots: Birds of a Feather, are of birds that have been sighted in Alice Springs / Central Australia, included is the month they were photographed. Many thanks to those who have contributed to this section and especially to our resident photographer Dorothy L.







































We hope you enjoy these birds and check back, as we add more images..
Following are links to more information on the individual birds pictured here.

  1. Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)
  2. Black Falcon (Falco subniger)
  3. Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)
  4. Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
  5. Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)
  6. Black Swans (Cygnus atratus)
  7. Bourke’s Parrot (Neopsephotus bourkii)
  8. Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus)
  9. Brown Songlark (Cincloramphus cruralis)
  10. Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)
  11. Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae)
  12. Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes)
  13. Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor)
  14. Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel)
  15. Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis)
  16. Grey-fronted Honeyeater (Ptilotula plumula)
  17. Grey-headed Honeyeater (Ptilotula keartlandi)
  18. Orange Chat (Epthianura aurifrons)
  19. Painted Finch (Emblema pictum)
  20. Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)
  21. Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)
  22. Red-backed Kingfisher (Todiramphus pyrrhopygius)
  23. Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)
  24. Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
  25. Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera)
  26. Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)
  27. Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens)
  28. Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)
  29. Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax)
  30. Western Bowerbird (Chlamydera guttata)
  31. Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)
  32. White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus)
  33. White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)
  34. White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)
  35. White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula penicillata)
  36. Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)
  37. Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)


Following index of birds sighted at the Alice Springs Desert Park.


Footnote & References

  1. Tracks Birding & Photography Tours, Guide to finding Birds around Alice Springs, NT, http://www.tracksbirding.com.au/alicesprings/
  2. Bird watching around Alice Springs, Northern Territory Tourism NT | Northern Territory Government, https://northernterritory.com/alice-springs-and-surrounds/see-and-do/nature-and-wildlife/bird-watching
  3. Chris Watson, Blogs about birds birding birdwatching birders and wildlife in Australia and around the world, https://www.chriswatson.com.au/
  4. Santa Teresa Road, Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club, http://alicefieldnaturalists.org.au/Santa_Teresa_Road.html
  5. Birdata, collaboratively and scientifically collect data to gain insight and protect Australia’s birds. Download app to record your bird sightings on the go. Now operating under BirdLife Australia through the Birdata web portal. https://birdata.birdlife.org.au/
  6. Birds Australia Atlas 2 – Northern Territory, http://birds.rhyme.com.au/
  7. Guide to Finding Birds Around Alice Springs, Laurie Ross, http://laurieross.com.au/alicesprings/
  8. Alice Springs – After the Rains, 11 May 2016, Tim Dolby’s Birding Tours, https://timothydolby.com/2016/05/11/alice-springs-after-the-rains/
  9. Northern Territory – MacDonnell Ranges, Avibase – Bird Checklists of the World, https://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/checklist.jsp?region=AUnoib47
  10. Bellbird Birding Tours, https://www.bellbirdtours.com/
  11. Ausemade, Bird Watching in Alice Springs and Central Australia
  12. Ausemade, Snapshot: Birds of a feather flock together