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Bribie Island has one of the highest number of species of birds anywhere in Queensland. To date, some 343 species have been recorded.  The variety of marine and terrestrial habitats - beaches, lagoons, mudflats, mangroves, wallum wetlands, heathlands and open forest - provide different ecological niches, 

while the shallow waters of Moreton Bay and the Pumicestone Passage attract marine species from both the tropical north and colder south. However, some species are facing habitat loss, and others, such as Jacky Winters, Grey-crowned Babblers, and the Coastal Emu, best known for 'Eric' who visited streets and gardens, perhaps have already become locally extinct. We have included a portfolio of photos generously given by a number of skilled photographers.

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Radjah Shelduck Tadorna radjah

Photo by M. Britton

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White-throated Honeyeater

 Melithreptus albogularis

Photo by M. Britton

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Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus

Photo by G. Harrison

Beach Stone-curlew Esacus magnirostris,

with chick

Photo by P. Cuddihy


Black Swan Cygnus atratus

Photo by M. Britton

Restless Flycatcher Myiagra inquieta

Photo by M. Britton

Australian Rufous Fantail Rhipidura rufifrons

Photo by D. Simpson

EMU Dromaius novaehollandiae

Reduced to small population in national park and occasionally on beaches and urban streets. Possibly heading for local extinction.



Common breeding resident, increasing in numbers. Male bird builds huge compost like nests.

STUBBLE QUAIL Coturnix pectoralis

Very rare visitor to heathland in national park (T. Ford).

BROWN QUAIL Synoicus ypsilophorus

Common breeding resident in grassy or vegetated areas, heathland, forest. Breeds at Kakadu Beach bird roost.

KING QUAIL Synoicus chinensis

Rare visitor or perhaps uncommon resident to heathland in national park.


MAGPIE GOOSE Anseranas semipalmata

First recorded in 1988 and now common breeding resident up to 100. Breeds Bribie Lakes, Buckley’s Hole.

PLUMED WHISTLING-DUCK Dendrocygna eytoni

Regular visitor to Buckley’s Hole and Bibymulya Wetlands.  Regularly seen at Belara Lake since about 2018 with relatively high numbers between June and September.  Seen in 2023 at Col Fisher Park.


Irregular visitor to wetlands, especially Buckley’s Hole and Sewerage Plant.

MUSK DUCK  Biziura lobata

Very rare visitor to deep permanent wetlands; Buckley’s Hole in August 1999 (T. Ford).

PINK‑EARED DUCK Malacorhynchus membranaceus

Uncommon to rare visitor to Buckley’s Hole (6 recorded June 2008), usually when drought affects the inland. One also recorded in 2018 on eBird.

FRECKLED DUCK Stictonetta naevosa

Very rare visitor to Buckley’s Hole (January 2013).

BLACK SWAN Cygnus atratus

Common breeding resident on Buckley Hole and other larger waterbodies. Very common in The Narrows in Pumicestone Passage where flock of over 500 has been recorded. Probably increasing with protection.

RADJAH SHELDUCK Tadorna radjah

Recorded at Buckleys Hole and Sewerage Ponds in June 2016 (J. Nargar), and in September 2020 and in November 2023 (M. Strong & C. Bell). Two birds seen by eBirders almost monthly from May 2022 to December 2023 with numbers reported up to 10 - four seen by Michael Willis in February 2023 (eBird with photo).

AUSTRALIAN WOOD DUCK Chenonetta jubata

Very common breeding resident. Frequents gardens and parks. Nests in tree hollows.

HARDHEAD Aythya australis

Seasonal winter visitor in pairs or small numbers to Buckley’s Hole and other deep-water bodies. Ebird sightings are throughout the year back to about 2009 but more seen in winter.


Uncommon visitor to Buckley's Hole. Attracted “twitchers” in March 2014, Nov 2014, Sep 2017, May-August 2019 (1-3 birds), June 2021 (2 birds) and Sept-Oct 2023.

PACIFIC BLACK DUCK Anas superciliosa

Very common breeding resident. Frequents gardens and parks. Resident at Buckley’s Hole and other water bodies.

NORTHERN MALLARD hybrid * Anas platyrhynchos

Rare visitor to Buckley’s Hole in September 2022 and August 2023. Possibly hybrid with Pacific Black Duck. Look for orange legs. 

GREY TEAL Anas gracilis

Common breeding resident, sometimes in large flocks when drought present.

CHESTNUT TEAL Anas castanea

Iconic Bribie breeding resident. Common at Buckley’s Hole and Kakadu Beach bird roost irregularly.

AUSTRALASIAN GREBE Tachybaptus novaehollandiae

Common breeding resident on Buckley's Hole and other permanent water bodies.

HOARY-HEADED GREBE Poliocephalus poliocephalus

Rare winter visitor to Buckley’s Hole.

GREAT CRESTED GREBE Podiceps cristatus

Very rare visitor to wetlands and marine Passage. Recorded and photographed at Buckleys Hole in September 2017.

RED-TAILED TROPICBIRD Phaethon rubricauda

Very rare marine visitor; usually after cyclonic winds.


Very rare marine visitor; usually after cyclonic winds.

ROCK DOVE * Columba livia

Feral vagrant. The common city pigeon, also used for racing.  Uncommon visitor, probably resting after disorientation from racing.

WHITE-HEADED PIGEON Columba leucomela

Uncommon visitor from mainland. One bird recorded on eBird  in October 2022Feeds in rain forest laurels and figs and favours introduced Camphor laurels as food species. Status uncertain; was rare, then recovered with expansion of camphor laurel. May be decreasing in numbers again after camphor laurel declared an invasive weed.

BARBARY DOVE Streptopelia roseogrisea

Very rare feral vagrant.

SPOTTED DOVE Spilopelia chinensis

Very common introduced breeding resident in parks and suburban gardens.

BROWN CUCKOO-DOVE Macropygia phasianella

Uncommon resident, probably breeding. Occasionally seen at Sewage Works and seen recently in August, October and December 2023. Frequents frest and areas of regrowth. Feeds on introduced berries and fruits.

COMMON BRONZEWING Phaps chalcoptera 

Uncommon breeding resident; national park, heathland. One photographed at Golf Course in November 2023.


Very rare; national park, heathland.  T. Ford recorded two at sewerage works on Oct 2002. C. Bell recorded one on the Red Beach track in December 2023.

CRESTED PIGEON Ocyphaps lophotes

Very common breeding resident in parks and suburban gardens.

PEACEFUL DOVE Geopelia placida

Once common breeding resident, decreasing in numbers. Often seen along White Patch foreshore and parkland.

BAR-SHOULDERED DOVE Geopelia humeralis

Common breeding resident in national park and forested areas.

PACIFIC EMERALD-DOVE Chalcophaps longirostris

Unobtrusive resident, probably breeding locally. Frequents areas of rain forest in national park, White Patch and Red Beach track.

WOMPOO FRUIT-DOVE Megaloprepia magnifica

Very rare irregular visitor from mainland rain forests.

SUPERB FRUIT-DOVE Ptilinopus superbus

Very rare irregular visitor from mainland rain forests.

ROSE-CROWNED FRUIT-DOVE Ptilinopus regina 

Uncommon irregular visitor from mainland rain forests. Seen in White Patch/National Park area regularly during 2020 but less so in other years. Favours Corkbark trees near White Patch Parks car park. 

TOPKNOT PIGEON Lopholaimus antarcticus

Uncommon irregular visitor from mainland rain forests. Flocks travel to Moreton Island via Bribie.

TAWNY FROGMOUTH Podargus strigoides

Common breeding resident.  Suburban gardens and parks, forest areas. Frequent road victim.

WHITE-THROATED NIGHTJAR Eurostopodus mystacalis

Uncommon breeding resident in national park. Possibly more common than seen.


Rare breeding resident, possibly more common than seen.


Seasonal migrant from August to March. Forms large flocks up to 300 on nearby mainland and sometimes crosses over Passage. Declining numbers due to logging of old growth forests in Japan where it breeds.  National recording of all sightings can be sent to Michael Tarburton: email


Rare summer migrant, usually with flocks of Needletails. Usually reported October and November.

HOUSE SWIFT Apus nipalensis

Very rare visitor in flocks of Needletails.

PHEASANT COUCAL Centropus phasianinus

Common breeding resident.  Its deep resonant ‘oom-ooom’ call often locates it. Frequent road victim.

EASTERN KOEL Eudynamys orientalis

Common breeding summer migrant. Familiar ‘coo-ee’ call from suburban orchard trees.

CHANNEL-BILLED CUCKOO Scythrops novaehollandiae

Irregular summer visitor, probably breeding. Becoming more common, especially near native fig species.


Rare summer migrant, probably breeding locally.


Common summer breeding migrant in national park and forest areas. Most frequently observed on eBird in Sewage Works and around Buckley’s Hole.

LITTLE BRONZE-CUCKOO Chalcites minutillus

Very rare summer migrant. Very infrequently observed on eBird – some sightings in 2023 in southern end of Island.

FAN-TAILED CUCKOO Cacomantis flabelliformis

Common breeding migrant in national park and forest areas.

BRUSH CUCKOO Cacomantis variolosus

Uncommon summer breeding migrant in national park and forest areas. Infrequent sightings on eBird but 2023 seemed to be a good year.

PALLID CUCKOO Heteroscenes pallidus

Once common, now very rare summer visitor. Only six sightings on eBird over last 10+ years but two of them in 2023.

ORIENTAL CUCKOO Cuculus saturatus

Rare breeding migrant. Has bred at Buckley’s Hole in 2019.


LEWIN'S RAIL Lewinia pectoralis

Rare breeding resident at Buckley’s Hole. Not seen at Buckley’s Hole since 2019.

BUFF-BANDED RAIL Hypotaenidia philippensis

Very common breeding resident at Buckley’s Hole, Kakadu Beach bird roost, local wetlands.


Very rare visitor to wetlands.

BAILLON'S CRAKE Zapornia pusilla

Rare irregular visitor to Buckley’s Hole. Not reported on eBird since 2019.

SPOTLESS CRAKE Zapornia tabuensis

Elusive breeding resident at Buckley’s Hole.  Can be seen foraging along the edges of reed beds when the water levels are low.

PALE-VENTED BUSH-HEN Amaurornis moluccana

Rare irregular visitor. Two birds seen at Buckley’s in November 2012 and one bird seen at Sports Complex in October 2021.

WHITE-BROWED CRAKE Amaurornis cinerea

Rare irregular sighting at Buckley’s Hole. Recorded August 2021 (M. Strong & L. Cross). Seen frequently in June 2020 and August 2021 on eBird with photos – maybe also in October 2021.

AUSTRALIAN SWAMPHEN Porphyrio melanotus

Common breeding resident at Buckley’s Hole, Bibymulya Wetlands and other water bodies.

DUSKY MOORHEN Gallinula tenebrosa

Very common breeding resident at Buckley’s Hole, Bibymulya Wetlands and other water bodies.


BLACK-TAILED NATIVE-HEN Tribonyx ventralis

Very rare visitor to wetlands.  One sighting on eBird in 2013.


Common visitor, possibly resident, to Buckleys Hole, sometimes in large numbers up to 60 birds.

BROLGA Antigone rubicunda

Uncommon visitor from mainland to wetlands and national park. Only four sightings on eBird including one flyover in 2020, possibly from a pair that bred at Toorbul near Ningi Creek.  Other three 1996-2007.

LITTLE PENGUIN Eudyptula minor

Very rare marine visitor (T. Ford). 

WILSON’S STORM-PETREL Oceanites oceanicus

Very rare marine visitor to Passage (T. Ford). 


Very rare marine visitor in winter (T. Ford).  The species has recently been divided into four new species, Snowy, Tristan, Antipodean and Amsterdam albatrosses. Until these are identified individually in Bribie waters, we have retained the overarching Wandering Albatross species.

BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS Thalassarche melanophrys

Very rare marine visitor in winter. One record from Bribie Island in 1983,

SHY ALBATROSS Thalassarche cauda

Very rare marine visitor in winter (M. Strong and J. Tilly).

YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS Thalassarche chlororhynchos

Very rare marine visitor in winter (T. Ford).  A new taxonomic division into two species is proposed.

SOUTHERN GIANT-PETREL Macronectes giganteus

Very rare marine visitor in winter. One photographed swimming off The Promenade, Bongaree, 24 October 2022,

SALVIN'S PRION Pachyptila salvini

Very rare marine visitor in winter (T. Ford). 

ANTARCTIC PRION Pachyptila desolata

Very rare marine visitor in winter (T. Ford). 

FAIRY PRION Pachyptila turtur

Very rare marine visitor in winter (T. Ford). 

BLACK-WINGED PETREL Pterodroma nigripennis

Very rare marine visitor.

PROVIDENCE PETREL Pterodroma solandri

Very rare marine visitor.

GREAT-WINGED PETREL Pterodroma macroptera

Very rare marine visitor (T. Ford). 


Uncommon marine visitor in summer. eBird reports seen on at Woorim, Edwin Schrag Lookout (2022 and 2023) and four birds seen from Buckley’s Hole sandbar in 2010 following a trawler in from the ocean.

SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER Ardenna tenuirostris

Uncommon marine visitor migrating past Bribie Island in spring.  Reported in 2013 on eBird and also two sightings from Edwin Schrag Lookout in 2023. In 2006 and 2013 thousands of dead shearwaters washed up on Ocean Beach, many starving after eating pumice and plastic waste.


Uncommon marine visitor in summer.


Very rare summer marine visitor.

STREAKED SHEARWATER Calonectris leucomelas

Very rare marine visitor.


Uncommon marine visitor migrating past Bribie Island in spring.  Flock of about 5000 recorded in 2013. Two flocks of around 1000 seen off Red Beach in 2015 (T. Ford). Seen on July 2022 from Woorim Beach Access and Edwin Schrag Lookout.  Many sightings in 2022 of Huttons/Fluttering Shearwaters (could not distinguish) with flocks measured in thousands.

HUTTON'S SHEARWATER Puffinus huttoni

Marine visitor in winter. Large flock reported off Woorim in August 2022.

LITTLE SHEARWATER  Puffinus assimilis

Possibly very rare marine visitor in winter (T. Ford).

TAHITI PETREL Pseudobulweria rostrata

Very rare marine visitor in summer (T. Ford).

BLACK-NECKED STORK (Jabiru) Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus

Uncommon visitor to wetlands and Passage. Juvenile recorded from Buckley’s Hole.

Infrequent sightings at Buckley’s on eBird in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 most with comments/photos.  Two birds seen in September 2018 with photo.


Rare irregular visitor to wetlands. Four sightings reported on eBird from Bribie Island.

ROYAL SPOONBILL Platalea regia

Common breeding resident to Bibymulya Wetlands, Buckley’s Hole and Passage. In 2020 breeding colony successfully established at Goodwin Drive junction with Benabrow Avenue.


AUSTRALIAN WHITE IBIS Threskiornis moluccus

Very common breeding resident; population increasing. Scavenges in eating areas and parks and landfill. Breeding colony successfully established at Goodwin Drive junction with Benabrow Avenue and also at Bibymulya Wetlands.

STRAW-NECKED IBIS Threskiornis spinicollis

Uncommon by comparison to White Ibis, but perhaps becoming integrated into local flocks. Present in large numbers on nearby mainland. Population probably decreasing with loss of rural habitat. Most Bribie sightings reported on eBird seen at Sports Complex & Sewage Works.

GLOSSY IBIS Plegadis falcinellus

Irregular visitor to Buckley’s Hole. Seen quite frequently in 2019 (20 recorded by J Nargar) and 2020 at Buckley’s Hole on eBird.


AUSTRALASIAN BITTERN Botaurus poiciloptilus

Recorded from Buckley’s Hole in Oct 2013 (C. Bell). Very rare.  National reporting program for sightings.


Very rare sighting in wetlands but probably more common than seen. Recorded at Buckley’s Hole in 2011 (T. Ford) and in 2014.


BLACK BITTERN Ixobrychus flavicollis

Very rare visitor to wetlands. Ebird sighting at Sewage Works in April 2023 by reputable observer as it walked in front of car along service road. Terry Burgess reported one in February 2024 at Kakadu Beach, noting its white, yellow and brown streaked chest and black wings.  Otherwise only four eBird sightings. 

NANKEEN NIGHT-HERON Nycticorax caledonicus

Uncommon visitor to Buckley’s Hole and other wetlands, possibly from established group at Toorbul. Probably breeds locally.  Possibly bred in October 2023 with regular sightings with young in December reported on eBird.


STRIATED HERON Butorides striata

Common breeding resident, seen along Passage beaches and at Kakadu Beach bird roost and Wright’s Creek.


Uncommon visitor from mainland where flocks of up to 100 common on farmland. Breeding colony on Caboolture Lakes on nearby mainland. Irregular sightings around Buckley’s Hole of 1-4 birds reported on eBird.


Rare visitor to wetlands, including Buckley’s Hole (C. Bell 2022) and national park. Occasional visitor to Buckley’s and Sewage Works with photos on eBird. 


GREAT EGRET Ardea alba

Common resident on Passage beaches, Buckley’s Hole and wetlands.


Common resident on Passage beaches, Buckley’s Hole and wetlands. Recently renamed to Plumed Egret. 

WHITE-FACED HERON Egretta novaehollandiae

Very common breeding resident seen on Passage beaches, Buckley’s Hole and wetlands. Seen in numbers (up to 50) at Godwin Beach on the mainland. Often visits gardens and parks.


LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta

Common resident on Passage beaches, Buckley’s Hole and wetlands.


Uncommon to rare visitor to beaches. Recorded Buckleys sandbar March 2009 (D. Wells) and near wreck in Passage (T. Burgess 2023). Reported on eBird at Kakadu Beach in 2020 & 2021, Buckley’s Hole area in 2021 and March 2023.


AUSTRALIAN PELICAN Pelecanus conspicillatus

Iconic Bribie bird, very common along Passage beaches and jetties. Often seen on lampposts on Bribie Bridge.


Rare marine visitor.  Seen in 2016 off Woorim by Michael Willis and reported on eBird with good comments.


Very rare marine visitor.


Uncommon marine visitor usually in winter.  Regularly reported on eBird from Edwin Schrag Lookout and other spots along east coast of island and occasionally seen at Kakadu Beach.  

BROWN BOOBY Sula leucogaster

Uncommon marine visitor.  Very occasionally seen from Edwin Schrag Lookout.

LITTLE PIED CORMORANT Microcarbo melanoleucos

Very common breeding resident at Buckley’s Hole and most larger water bodies.

GREAT CORMORANT Phalacrocorax carbo

Frequently reported on eBird at Buckley’s Hole sandbar in recent years and occasionally at Kakadu Beach. Can be seen flying up Passage from Bribie Bridge.

LITTLE BLACK CORMORANT Phalacrocorax sulcirostris

Very common resident, possibly breeding, sometimes forming large rafts of over 200 birds in winter in Passage.

GREAT PIED CORMORANT Phalacrocorax varius

Common along Passage.


Far Eastern Curlew

Numenius madagascariensis 

 with radio antennae 

Photo by D. Simpson


Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis

Photo by D. Simpson

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

Icthyophaga leucogaster

Photo by D. Simpson

Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii

Photo by D. Simpson

Scarlet Honeyeater 

Myzomela sanguinolenta

Photo by D. Simpson

Striated Heron Butorides striata

Photo by D. Simpson


Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa

Photo by D. Simpson

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin 

Lonchura castaneothorax

Photo by M. Britton

Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus

Photo by M. Strong

Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides

Photo by M. Strong

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White-cheeked Honeyeater 

Phylidonyris niger

Photo by A. Carr

Collared Sparrowhawk  Accipiter cirrocephalus

Photo by A. Carr

Oriental Cuckoo Cuculus saturatus

Photo by D. Simpson

Azure Kingfisher Ceyx azureus

Photo by M. Britton

Topknot Pigeon Lopholaimus antarcticus

Photo by D. Simpson


Scaly-breasted Lorikeet 

Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus

Photo by M. Britton

Royal Spoonbills Platalea regia with egrets

Photo by M. Strong

Bush Stone-curlew Burhinus grallarius

Photo by A. Carr

Black-fronted Dotterel Charadrius melanops

Photo by M. Strong

AUSTRALASIAN DARTER Anhinga novaehollandiae

Common resident to Buckley’s Hole and other larger water bodies.


BUSH STONE-CURLEW Burhinus grallarius

Uncommon breeding resident, perhaps increasing in numbers. Reported from Buckley's Hole, Woorim and Golf Course.

BEACH STONE-CURLEW Esacus magnirostris

Common breeding resident at Kakadu Beach bird roost over last 12 years most recently successfully in 2022 and 2023. Recently (2023) a pair reported from Gallaghers Point.


PIED OYSTERCATCHER Haematopus longirostris

Very common breeding resident along ocean and Passage beaches. Breeds at Kakadu Beach bird roost.

SOOTY OYSTERCATCHER Haematopus fuliginosus

Uncommon resident. Possibly visits Kakadu Beach from Sandstone Point at high tides but often chased away by resident Pied Oystercatchers.

RED-NECKED AVOCET Recurvirostra novaehollandiae

Very rare irregular visitor, less common than 25 years ago. Reported in 1993 and 1996 at Dux Creek prior to construction of Pacific Harbour. Ten reported at Toorbul in August 2013 (C. Bell).

PIED STILT Himantopus leucocephalus

Very common breeding resident along Passage beaches and at wetlands. Has bred at Buckley’s Hole and Kakadu Beach bird roost, but possibly also breeds in western Queensland after good inland rains. Flocks of over 350 recorded.



GREY PLOVER Pluvialis squatarola

Uncommon to rare visitor on Passage beaches. Recorded at Kakadu Beach bird roost for several years. Infrequent eBird sightings in 2003-2009 and December 2017 (with photos).



Common summer migrant from August to March on Passage beaches. Small flocks of 20-40 roost at high tide near Harbour Promenade Park, Pacific Harbour.

RED-CAPPED PLOVER Anarhynchus ruficapillus

Non migratory shorebird with small flocks between 10 and up to 80.  Common breeding resident on Passage beaches and has bred at Kakadu Beach bird roost. Around 40 seen at Harbour Promenade in January 2022.


DOUBLE-BANDED PLOVER Anarhynchus bicinctus

Winter migrant from New Zealand to Kakadu Beach bird roost and also Buckleys Hole sand bar. Arrives as other migratory shorebirds leave for northern hemisphere. Reported on eBird from late March to very early September. 20 in August 2007 and 26 recorded at Kakadu Beach roost in June 2013 followed by a decline but perhaps slowly regaining numbers.

SIBERIAN SAND PLOVER Anarhynchus  mongolus

Formerly known as Lesser Sand Plover, now split into two species. Once common at Kakadu Beach bird roost, with numbers up to 100-150 prior to 2016, thereafter fell to highs of 30-50, but recently has declined dramatically in numbers to single digits since March 2023.


GREATER SAND PLOVER Anarhynchus leschenaultii

Uncommon migrant shorebird at Kakadu Beach bird roost and Passage beaches Easy to confuse with Siberian Sand Plover. Once common, now decreasing population.

ORIENTAL PLOVER Anarhynchus veredus

Recorded from Kakadu Beach bird roost in September and October 2013.


HOODED PLOVER Charadrius cucullatus

Very rare winter visitor to ocean beach (T. Ford).

BLACK-FRONTED DOTTEREL Charadrius melanops

Irregular visitor in pairs up to 6 to Buckley’s Hole and nearby beaches. Possibly breeds occasionally.


BANDED LAPWING Vanellus tricolor

Very uncommon irregular visitor. Bred in 1970s on nearby mainland (M. Strong) and recorded at Bells Creek Road in 2024 on eBird.


MASKED LAPWING Vanellus miles

Very common breeding resident, increasing in numbers.  Noisy and aggressive defending nest. Breeds in parks, traffic islands, roadsides, and Kakadu Beach bird roost. Forms flocks in winter numbering up to 100 on mainland.


RED-KNEED DOTTEREL Erythrogonys cinctus

Rare irregular visitor to Buckley’s Hole.  Some sightings on eBird at Buckley’s Hole in 2005, 2018, 2019, and one from 2023.

COMB-CRESTED JACANA Irediparra gallinacea

Fluctuating numbers perhaps dependant on water plant cover; sometimes common at Buckley’s Hole and other larger water bodies. Has bred at Buckley’s Hole.


EURASIAN WHIMBREL Numenius phaeopus

Common summer migrant in flocks along Passage; singly or in pairs and small numbers at Kakadu Beach bird roost. Tend to roost only in mangroves rather than beaches such as Kakadu Roost.

FAR EASTERN CURLEW Numenius madagascariensis

Endangered but locally common northern migrant. Forms flocks up to 400 at Kakadu Beach bird roost and along Passage.

BAR-TAILED GODWIT Limosa lapponica

Very common summer migrant from Alaska where it breeds.  Longest migration of Australian shorebirds. Present from September to March in huge numbers (2500 +) on Passage mud flats, using Kakadu Beach bird roost during high tides when other roosts around the Passage are inundated.   Many have green leg flags used for birds in Queensland.



Uncommon summer migrant from northern Siberia, usually with Bar-tailed godwits, in small flocks or singly. Population numbers appear to be declining.

RUDDY TURNSTONE Arenaria interpres

Uncommon shorebird migrant from northern hemisphere. Favours rocky foreshores and probably visits Bribie from Sandstone Point. Very infrequently a small number (one to three) birds have been recorded on eBird on the Island – at Kakadu Beach, Harbour Promenade in Banksia Beach and around the sandbar at Buckleys and Red Beach.

GREAT KNOT Calidris tenuirostris

Very common shorebird migrant from northern hemisphere, forming flocks of over 100+ at Kakadu Beach bird roost (800 recorded Dec 2009).  Population appears to be in decline.

RED KNOT Calidris canutus

Uncommon shorebird migrant from northern hemisphere.  Roosts at Kakadu Beach bird roost with Great Knot.  26 recorded Feb 2011 at the roost. Population appears to be in decline. Difficult to distinguish from Great Knot in non-breeding colours.


BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER Calidris falcinellus

Rare shorebird migrant from northern hemisphere. Occasionally recorded from Kakadu Beach bird roost. One bird on eBird in each year 2013, 2014 and 2015 and in Dux Creek in 1997, prior to development of Pacific Harbour.



Common summer shorebird migrant from northern hemisphere. Uses both marine and freshwater habitats.  Flocks up to 150 have been recorded on eBird at Kakadu Beach with tens of birds often posted.  Small flocks were sighted at Buckley’s Hole but nothing there since 2019. However, this may relate to the water levels in the lagoon, and the increasing use of Godwin Beach on the mainland.


CURLEW SANDPIPER Calidris ferruginea

Listed as Critically endangered. Uncommon summer shorebird migrant from northern hemisphere, whose population has crashed in last few years.  Occasionally recorded  at Kakadu Beach bird roost, usually 1-5 birds.  Older eBird reports indicate very occasional sightings at Buckley’s Sandbar and Red Beach but nothing since 2010. 

LONG-TOED STINCalidris subminuta

Reported from Bibymulya Wetlands in 2018.

RED-NECKED STINT Calidris ruficollis

Common summer shorebird from northern hemisphere. Has formed flocks of up to 60 at Kakadu Beach bird roost in the past. Population appears to be in decline. Consistent sightings at Kakadu Beach on eBird from September to March most years – some overwintering birds sighted in016, 2019 and a few in 2023. May be overlooked because of small size and habit of sheltering in tidewrack.

SANDERLING Calidris alba

Rare summer shorebird from northern hemisphere. Recorded from Red Beach, Kakadu Beach bird roost and Buckleys Hole sandbar (2007 and 2009) and Woody Beach (2023).

PECTORAL SANDPIPER Calidris melanotos

Very rare summer migrant from northern hemisphere. One report on eBird at Buckley’s Hole sandbar in November 2006.



ASIAN DOWITCHER Limnodromus semipalmatus

Very rare summer migrant shorebird from northern hemisphere.  Singly or in pairs usually in company of godwits and knots. Recorded from Kakadu Beach bird roost in February 2008, October 2009, 2014 (T. Baker & M. Strong), in November 2018, December 2019,


LATHAM'S SNIPE Gallinago hardwickii

Beautifully coloured secretive summer migrant (August to March) frequenting freshwater wetlands. Usually, several individuals at Buckley’s Hole during summer.


TEREK SANDPIPER Xenus cinereus

Uncommon summer migrant from northern hemisphere.  Population appears in decline. Listed as Endangered. May perch in mangroves during high tides.  Reported on eBird at Kakadu Beach very occasionally, particularly during bad weather.  On two occasions in November 2021 and December 2022 large numbers of Tereks were seen flying into Kakadu Roost at sunset in bad weather.  On two occasions Tereks have been seen at Gallagher’s Point with a photo of 20 in May 2014 and also two sightings at Buckley’s Hole sandbar in 2013 and 2014.


COMMON SANDPIPER Actitis hypoleucos

Uncommon summer migrant from northern hemisphere. On a number of occasions in recent years, a single bird has been sighted at Harbour Promenade in Banksia Beach in September/October 2023, October to December 2019 and October to December 2018.



Common summer migrant from northern hemisphere.  Roosts during high tide in mangrove islands in Passage. Flocks over 300 recorded on nearby mainland. At Kakadu Roost, occasional sightings of relatively high numbers in 2015 (100-300 birds) and since 2019 regular sightings of tens of birds have been reported on eBird.  Infrequently sighted in other areas along western side of island with larger numbers reported near to Mission Point and Lime Pocket camping areas.



Uncommon summer migrant from northern hemisphere.  Prefers rocky foreshores and Bribie birds may come from Sandstone Point.

COMMON GREENSHANK Tringa nebularia

Uncommon summer migrant from northern hemisphere. Occasional visitor to Buckley's Hole. Rarely seen on Island with eBird reports in January/February 2021 of a handful of birds flying in with larger group of shorebirds from Toorbul. Frequent visitor to Godwin Beach on nearby mainland.



MARSH SANDPIPER Tringa stagnatilis

Uncommon summer migrant from northern hemisphere.  Sighting at Buckleys Hole in November 2023 with Pied Stilts. Single bird reported on eBird at Buckley’s Hole on very few occasions since 2005. 



Very rare visitor to national park, heathland, forest (T. Ford).


Rare visitor to national park, heathland, forest. Population in decline due to land clearing and development. Two reports on eBird – 1997 and 2018.


Very rare visitor to national park, heathland, forest (T. Ford).

BROWN (COMMON) NODDY Anous stolidus

Rare marine visitor. Reported from Woorim in 2015 on eBird.

BLACK NODDY Anous minutus

Very rare marine visitor.

GREY TERNLET (Grey Noddy) Procelsterna cerulea

Very rare marine vagrant (T. Ford).

WHITE TERN Gygis alba

Very rare marine vagrant (T. Ford).

SILVER GULL Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae

Very common resident along beaches and frequenting parks. Breeds inland Australia or offshore islands.

LAUGHING GULL Larus atricilla

Very rare marine vagrant.  Seen at Buckley’s Hole in 2002 & 2003 reported on eBird.

PACIFIC GULL Larus pacificus

Very rare marine vagrant. Recorded at Buckley’s Sand bar 2013 (M. Strong & C Bell) and 2022 on eBird with photos.

KELP GULL Larus dominicanus

Very rare marine vagrant. Recorded at Buckley’s Sand bar 2013 (M. Strong) and eBird 2013.

SOOTY TERN Onychoprion fuscatus

Rare marine vagrant, usually after cyclonic winds. Dead birds found on Ocean Beach, which should encourage investigation of any beach finds. Seen at Buckleys Hole on eBird in 2013.

BRIDLED TERN Onychoprion anaethetus

Very rare marine vagrant.  Seen at Buckleys Hole in 2013 and reported on eBird.

LITTLE TERN Sternula albifrons

Common marine resident; usually after winds on ocean beaches and Passage. Regularly seen at Kakadu Beach and Buckley’s Hole sandbar – numbering 100+ on a couple of occasions

FAIRY TERN Sternula nereis

Very rare marine vagrant (T. Ford).

AUSTRALIAN TERN Gelochelidon macrotarsa

Very common marine tern, congregating in large numbers at Kakadu Beach bird roost and ocean beaches near Buckley’s Hole sandbar. Race affinis has been recorded from Kakadu Beach roost.

CASPIAN TERN Hydroprogne caspia

Largest tern in world. Common marine tern, congregating in small flocks at Kakadu Beach bird roost and ocean beaches.

WHISKERED (MARSH) TERN Chlidonias hybrida

Rare visitor to Buckley’s Hole and other wetlands. Reported occasionally at Buckley’s Hole on eBird.


WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN Chlidonias leucopterus

Uncommon marine tern. Reported on eBird at Buckley’s Hole in 2015 and 2020.


ROSEATE TERN Sterna dougallii

Very rare marine vagrant (T. Ford).



Uncommon marine tern in winter. One seen on eBird in August 2022 at Buckley’s Hole sandbar by many observers.

BLACK-NAPED TERN Sterna sumatrana

Very rare marine vagrant (T. Ford).

COMMON TERN Sterna hirundo

Once common, this marine tern now rarely visits Kakadu Beach bird roost, where it used to be a frequent visitor in summer. Flock of 25 recorded at Buckleys Sandbar in November 2007 and 50 recorded in 2015 and Kakadu Beach roost.


ARCTIC TERN Sterna paradisaea

Very rare marine vagrant (T. Ford).

ANTARCTIC TERN Sterna vittata

Very rare marine vagrant (T. Ford).  Not reported anywhere on Australian eastern coast on eBird. Uncertain status and sighting.

LESSER CRESTED TERN Thalasseus bengalensis

Uncommon winter marine visitor.   Confused frequently on eBird with Greater Crested Tern. Good records from August/September 2021 and August 2023 at Buckley’s Hole sandbar.  Has been recorded at Kakadu Beach (M. Strong).


GREATER CRESTED TERN Thalasseus bergii

Very common marine tern. Rests on ocean beaches and Kakadu Beach bird roost, sometimes in large flock up to 200 (M. Strong 2022).

LONG-TAILED JAEGER Stercorarius longicaudus

Very rare marine vagrant in summer (T. Ford).

ARCTIC JAEGER Stercorarius parasiticus

Rare marine vagrant in summer (T. Ford).  Seen from Edwin Schrag Lookout in April 2022 and April 2023 reported on eBird and Red Beach in 2018.

POMARINE JAEGER Stercorarius pomarinus

Uncommon marine visitor in summer (T. Ford).  Seen from Edwin Schrag Lookout in April 2022.

AUSTRALIAN GRASS OWL Tyto longimembris

Rarely seen long-legged owl. Photographed and recorded national park in June 2023. 

AUSTRALASIAN MASKED OWL Tyto novaehollandaie

Very rare visitor to woodlands. Breeds Glass House Mountains (M. Strong). 

BARN OWL Tyto alba

Uncommon to rare resident; population decreasing due to use of poisons.  Two sightings reported on eBird in Bungaree (with photos) in 2023 and Banksia Beach in 2022.

POWERFUL OWL Ninox strenua

Uncommon visitor; recorded at Buckley’s Hole (C. Bell) and Sandstone Point (M. Strong).  Heard calling in Bongaree in 2023 and Flinders Street Track on five occasions in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

BARKING OWL Ninox connivens

Uncommon visitor; recorded at Buckley’s Hole in 2016 (C. Bell).  Only one report on eBird at Woorim in 2011.


Fairly common extending into suburbia; forest areas. Numbers probably decreasing due to road kills and poison baits. Its familiar 'mo-poke' call a feature of late spring nights. Heard at Sylvan Beach in 2015. Photos at Kakadu Beach in November 2021 on eBird, otherwise heard at Sylvan Beach and at Flinders Street Track.

EASTERN OSPREY Pandion haliaetus

Common breeding resident in coastal areas and Passage. Large bulky nests are located on suitable trees and phone towers. Possibly increasing in numbers.



Uncommon visitor from mainland. Recorded Buckleys Hole Nov 2009). Very occasionally seen around island as reported on eBird with two reports in 2023.

SQUARE-TAILED KITE Lophoictinia isura

Rare visitor from mainland to forested areas. Photographed on eBird at Sewage Works in 2023 and Cosmos Park and Golf Club in 2022.

PACIFIC BAZA Aviceda subcristata

Uncommon breeding resident. Extensively photographed on eBird at Buckley‘s Hole in October 2023 but otherwise seldom reported.


Uncommon visitor overflying island from mainland ranges.

LITTLE EAGLE Hieraaetus morphnoides

Rare winter visitor.  Sighting reported at Buckley’s Hole in September/October 2023.

SWAMP HARRIER Circus approximans

Regular but uncommon visitor to Buckley’s Hole and other wetlands in national park. Occasional sightings around Bribie, more frequently at Buckley’s Hole on eBird.

SPOTTED HARRIER Circus assimilis

Very rare visitor. A few sightings on eBird with one in July 2023 at Bellara Lake.

GREY GOSHAWK Accipiter novaehollandiae

Rare; status uncertain but probably vagrant from mainland. Recorded Sandstone Point in November 2023. A few single sightings on eBird – most around Sports Complex.

BROWN GOSHAWK Accipiter fasciatus

Uncommon; status uncertain but probably vagrant from mainland. Possibly more frequent in northern part of island. Quite a few sightings in southern area of island on eBird – many with photos in 2022 and 2023. Occasionally targets birds at Buckley's Hole.

COLLARED SPARROWHAWK Accipiter cirrocephalus

Uncommon, but perhaps more frequent than reported. A few sightings with photos reported on eBird around Sports Complex, Buckley’s Hole, Kakadu Beach, Banksia Beach and Bicentennial Parks. 

WHITE-BELLIED SEA-EAGLE Icthyophaga leucogaster

Common breeding resident in coastal areas and Passage. Often seen soaring over Passage.

WHISTLING KITE Haliastur sphenurus

Common breeding resident.

BRAHMINY KITE Haliastur indus

Common breeding resident.

BLACK KITE Milvus migrans

Uncommon visitor from nearby mainland where increasing rapidly in numbers due to landfill. Flock of 30 at Ningi (M Strong 2022). Sightings at Red Beach/Buckleys Hole in 2009, 2021 and 2023.

RAINBOW BEE-EATER Merops ornatus

Common breeding resident with possibly some seasonal migration. Tunnels into sandy banks at Kakadu Beach and Red Beach. 

DOLLARBIRD Eurystomus orientalis

Common breeding migrant arriving in October and departing north in March. Frequently heard and seen – losing nesting sites around Banksia Beach as old trees fall down. 


Uncommon breeding resident at Buckleys Hole and other permanent water bodies. Was frequently reported in 2019 at Wrights Creek bridge on eBird and is regularly sighted at Buckleys Hole and the Sewerage Ponds.

FOREST KINGFISHER Todiramphus macleayii

Uncommon summer breeding migrant, although some birds may stay year round. Possibly decreasing in numbers due to loss of habitat. Regularly reported with photos around Sports Complex/Sewage Works on eBird. 

COLLARED  KINGFISHER Todiramphus chloris

Breeding resident, common in mangrove forests and adjacent estuarine habitats.

SACRED KINGFISHER Todiramphus sanctus

Common breeding summer migrant, although some birds may stay year round, especially at Buckleys Hole.

LAUGHING KOOKABURRA Dacelo novaeguineae

The world’s largest kingfisher.  Common breeding resident in suburbia and forested areas. Frequent road victim.


NANKEEN KESTREL Falco cenchroides

Uncommon; status uncertain but possibly breeds on island from time to time.

AUSTRALIAN HOBBY Falco longipennis

Uncommon; status uncertain but possibly breeds on island from time to time. Definitely in Wrights Creek area in 2022 and 2023 and reported with photos on eBird.  Seen occasionally elsewhere in previous years in southern end of island. 


BROWN FALCON Falco berigora

Rare visitor from mainland.  Occasional sighting reported on eBird over the years at Heathland Street in 2018, 2019 and 2022 near Golf Club.

PEREGRINE FALCON Falco peregrinus

Uncommon visitor from mainland where breeds on Glass House Mountains. Occasionally raids Kakadu Beach bird roost. Occasionally seen around island but eBird photos from around White Patch and Kakadu Beach in 2022 and 2023.


COCKATIEL Nymphicus hollandicus

Rare aviary escapee? A few sightings reported on eBird including a sighting of one bird at Kakadu Beach in January 2023.

Far Eastern Curlew

Numenius madagascariensis 

Photo by D. Simpson


Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus 

outside nesting tunnel

Photo by M. Strong

Magpie Geese Anseranas semipalmata

Photo by M. Strong

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Buff-banded Rail Hypotaenidia philippensis 

with chicks

Photo by M. Britton

Fairy Martin  Petrochelidon ariel nests

Photo by M. Strong

Leaden Flycatcher Myiagra rubecula

Photo by D. Simpson

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Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva,

non-breeding plumage

Photo by G. Harrison

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Australian Masked Owl Tyto novaehollandaie

Photo by M. Strong

Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris 

in breeding plumage 

Photo by D. Simpson

Australian Pelican 

Pelecanus conspicillatus

Photo by M. Britten

Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata 

Photo by M. Britten

Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatus

Photo by A. Carr

Red-backed Fairy-wren

Malurus melanocephalus

Photo by M. Britten

Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica

in breeding pumage 

Photo by D. Simpson

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Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica

with leg flag, banded at Toorbul, in

Moreton Bay 

Photo by D. Simpson


Australian Shoveller Spatula rhynchotis

Photo by M. Britton

Barn Owl Tyto alba

Photo by M. Britton

Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax

Photo by M. Britton

Fairy Gerygone Gerygone palpebrosa

Photo by M. Britton

Crested Shrike-tit Falcunculus frontatus

Photo by M. Britton

Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus regina

Photo by D. Simpson

Grey-tailed Tattlers Tringa brevipes and Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Photo by D. Simpson

Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus moluccanus

Photo by M. Britton

Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus

Photo by D. Simpson

Australian Brush-turkey Alectura lathami

Photo by M. Britton

Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis

Photo by D. Simpson

Variegated Fairy-wren Malurus lamberti

Photo by M. Britton

Double-banded Plover Anarhynchus bicinctus

in non-breeding plumage

Photo by M. Strong

RED-TAILED BLACK-COCKATOO Calyptorhynchus banksii

Very rare visitor to heathland and forest areas.

GLOSSY BLACK-COCKATOO Calyptorhynchus lathami

Very rare visitor in pairs and small flocks to forest areas, especially where casuarinas are present. Sighted in March 2020 in Sports Complex/Buckleys Hole and one sighting in Banksia Beach in October 2023. Major campaign to prevent extinction. Please report any sightings.


Large cockatoo that has increased in numbers since planting of exotic pine plantations – one of the few species to benefit. With the reduction and logging of these plantations, the species may be at risk. Flock of about 50 birds roost along Bribie Island Road near Peel Rd.

GALAH Eolophus roseicapilla

Common breeding resident in suburban gardens, parks and roadsides.


LONG-BILLED CORELLA Cacatua tenuirostris

Very rare aviary escapee? Quite a large population around Brisbane area extending up to Noosa and down to Coolangatta and inland to Wivenhoe. Occasional sightings reported on eBird from Bribie.

LITTLE CORELLA Cacatua sanguinea

Increasing population since 1990s, possibly supported by feral birds, in large noisy flocks of up to 500.



Common breeding resident in suburban gardens, parks and roadsides.

RED-RUMPED PARROT Psephotus haematonotus

Very rare vagrant. (T. Ford).

CRIMSON ROSELLA Platycercus elegans

Very rare vagrant, perhaps aviary escapee. Recorded 1970s at Abbey Museum (E. Cuffe and M. Strong).  Reported in 1997 and 2000 on eBird and described as escapee.

PALE-HEADED ROSELLA Platycercus adscitus

Common breeding resident in forest areas.

AUSTRALIAN RINGNECK Barnardius zonarius

Very rare, probably aviary escapee. Reported on eBird by Michael Willis in March 1997 indicating the Port Lincoln variety escapees “lived and bred” around Bellara for some years.


TURQUOISE PARROT Neophema pulchella

Very rare vagrant; has bred on nearby mainland (M. Strong 1970s).


MUSK LORIKEET Glossopsitta concinna

Rare irregular visitor in small flocks during winter.  Many sightings in 2018 from White Patch down to Red Beach to Sports Complex to Woorim with numbers up to 50.  A couple of sightings since then with comments in 2019 but no comments on more recent sightings.


LITTLE LORIKEET Glossopsitta pusilla

More frequently heard than seen, this tiny lorikeet may be more common than reported.

RAINBOW LORIKEET Trichoglossus moluccanus

Very common breeding resident that has benefited from garden plantings of native species. Increasing in numbers.

SCALY-BREASTED LORIKEET Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus

Common breeding resident, but perhaps population declined because of competition by larger Rainbow lorikeets and Indian Mynahs for nest holes and loss of coastal heathland. Frequently reported at Banksia Beach, Buckley's Hole and Sports Complex.

BUDGERIGAR Melopsittacus undulatus

Very rare aviary escapee?

AUSTRALIAN KING-PARROT Alisterus scapularis

Rare visitor from mainland. Six sightings on island on eBird – most recently in 2021 and 2022 by reliable observers.

RED-WINGED PARROT Aprosmictus erythropterus

Very rare visitor from mainland (T. Ford).


NOISY PITTA Pitta versicolor

Uncommon seasonal visitor to forest areas, perhaps even breeding. Recorded on Red Beach walk. Sighting in August 2022 reported with photo on eBird at Buckley’s Hole.


GREEN CATBIRD Ailuroedus crassirostris

Unconfirmed report of call from near Poverty Creek, September 2016.  The habitat is unsuitable for catbirds in this area.


REGENT BOWERBIRD Sericulus chrysocephalus

Photo on eBird in August 2010 – only sighting reported.


Uncommon breeding resident; loud call heard in forested areas. A number of,sightings around island with comments on both sighting and call.  Often reported on Red Beach Road, Sports Complex and recently (2023) with photos at Wrights Creek,


Common breeding resident in small parties in forested and heathland areas. Superb Fairy-wrens M. cyaneus  have been reported in 2013 and 2018 from Poverty Creek

but photographic evidence is needed. 

RED-BACKED FAIRY-WREN Malurus melanocephalus

Common breeding resident in small parties in wetter heathland areas.


Very common breeding resident in wallum heathland and forest areas, visiting suburban gardens.


BROWN HONEYEATER Lichmera indistincta

Common breeding resident. Loudest voice for size of any Australian bird.


BLUE-FACED HONEYEATER Entomyzon cyanotis

Common breeding resident in gardens, orchards and forested areas.

WHITE-THROATED HONEYEATER Melithreptus albogularis

Very common breeding resident.


STRIPED HONEYEATER Plectorhyncha lanceolata

Uncommon seasonal visitor, perhaps some resident. Seen quite frequently on eBird from White Patch down to Red Beach, Golf Club and Sports Complex. 

LITTLE FRIARBIRD Philemon citreogularis

Uncommon to common winter visitor to forested areas and gardens. Quite a lot of sightings reported on eBird on Bribie Island – frequently at Buckley’s Hole, Sports Complex and Kakadu Beach.


NOISY FRIARBIRD Philemon corniculatus

Common breeding resident to gardens and orchards.  Forms larger flocks when Paperbark Teatrees are in flower.



Very rare vagrant (T. Ford).


DUSKY MYZOMELA Myzomela obscura

Rare vagrant, perhaps overlooked and confused with female Scarlet Myzomela. Reported Norfolk Creek, April 2010 and on eBird at Sports Complex in April 2023.


SCARLET HONEYEATER Myzomela sanguinolenta

Also called Scarlet Myzomela. Common breeding nomad, following honey tide. Perhaps more common in winter-spring with most sightings reported on eBird.


EASTERN SPINEBILL Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

Very rare vagrant. Recorded July 2022 on Red Beach track (C. Bell) and reported occasionally including 2018.

CRIMSON CHAT Epthianura tricolor

Very rare vagrant according to T. Ford.  Uncertain what evidence this sighting is based on. Nearest sighting on eBird at Lake Samsonvale on mainland.

LEWIN'S HONEYEATER Meliphaga lewinii

Common breeding resident in gardens, forest areas, rain forest.


YELLOW HONEYEATER Stomiopera flava

Very rare vagrant at Banksia Beach in 2014.  Seen by a number of observers. Reported on eBird by Greg Roberts with photo stating first record for SE Queensland. Reported again in September 2015 with photo comment that it was there in 2014 as well. 


SPINY-CHEEKED HONEYEATER Acanthagenys rufogularis

Very rare visitor. One sighting with photo on eBird in December 2014 at Golf Course. 

LITTLE WATTLEBIRD Anthochaera chrysoptera

Common breeding resident in parks, gardens and forested areas.

REGENT HONEYEATER Anthochaera phrygia

Very rare and endangered migrant honeyeater from south. Major breeding campaign to prevent extinction.

RED WATTLEBIRD Anthochaera carunculata

Very rare visitor (T. Ford).  One reported sighting on eBird in 2000 from Toowoomba Bird Observers group visit.

MANGROVE HONEYEATER Gavicalis fasciogularis

Common breeding resident in mangroves and adjoining forest.


Common seasonal breeding migrant from south.

NOISY MINER Manorina melanocephala

Very common breeding resident, increasing in numbers and aggression to other bird and small mammal species. May require reduction in numbers to protect smaller bush birds. The loss of undergrowth to create parklike environments has reduced shelter for smaller birds and encouraged population growth of miners.

SPOTTED PARDALOTE Pardalotus punctatus

Uncommon in forest areas but perhaps often overlooked despite its beautiful colours. Has been recorded breeding on island.

STRIATED PARDALOTE Pardalotus striatus

Common breeding resident. Will build tunnel nest wherever opportunity presents.

BROWN GERYGONE Gerygone mouki

Very rare visitor in forested areas.

FAIRY GERYGONE Gerygone palpebrosa

Very rare visitor in forested areas. Reported with lots of excitement on eBird in Red Beach Road areas in 2020, 2021 and 2022 with some recordings and photos.


Common breeding resident, whose lilting song is one of the iconic spring calls.

MANGROVE GERYGONE Gerygone levigaster

Common breeding resident in mangrove forests. Call is a plaintive trill.

WEEBILL Smicrornis brevirostris

Australia’s smallest bird. Rare breeding (?) resident in forest areas; probably often overlooked.


SPECKLED WARBLER Pyrrholaemus sagittatus

Rare visitor to coastal northern part of island. Recorded at Sandstone Point in 1990s in mangroves.


WHITE-BROWED SCRUBWREN Sericornis frontalis

Common breeding resident in forest areas with undergrowth.


LARGE-BILLED SCRUBWREN Sericornis magnirostra

Uncommon. Found in forested areas with undergrowth. Reported occasionally on eBird – more so in White Patch and Sports Complex areas.


YELLOW-RUMPED THORNBILL Acanthiza chrysorrhoa

Very rare visitor (T. Ford).


STRIATED THORNBILL Acanthiza lineata

Uncommon resident, probably breeding. Two sightings 1996 and 2009 – no comments made on eBird.


BROWN THORNBILL Acanthiza pusilla

Common breeding resident in forest area with undergrowth.


GREY-CROWNED BABBLER Pomatostomus temporalis

Status uncertain.  Once common breeding resident species in forest and gardens but has declined dramatically in recent years. Locally extinct in most areas of suburbia. Reported from Bribie Island in 2007 in National Park, 2014 at Buckley’s Hole and Poverty Creek in 2016 on eBird – but with no comments or photos. 


VARIED SITTELLA Daphoenositta chrysoptera

Uncommon breeding resident, perhaps locally nomadic in forest areas. Last reported on eBird in 2019.


AUSTRALASIAN FIGBIRD Sphecotheres vieilloti

Very common breeding resident in parks and gardens.


OLIVE-BACKED ORIOLE Oriolus sagittatus

Common breeding summer migrant with distinctive 'ori-oll' call. 


EASTERN SHRIKE-TIT Falcunculus frontatus

Uncommon resident, probably breeding in forest areas. Several sightings and reports from White Patch in 2016 to 2019; only one sighting in 2023 on eBird.


RUFOUS WHISTLER Pachycephala rufiventris

Common breeding resident in forest and woodland areas.


GOLDEN WHISTLER Pachycephala pectoralis

Common breeding resident in denser forest areas, possibly with some seasonal movement.


RUFOUS SHRIKE-THRUSH Colluricincla rufogaster

Formerly known as Litte Shrike-thrush.  Common breeding resident in forest areas. Regularly reported on eBird in White Patch, Sports Complex & Buckley’s Hole areas.  Common in wetter undergrowth in national park.


GREY SHRIKE-THRUSH Colluricincla harmonica

Common breeding resident in forest areas. Joondoobara people used its call to know when to leave camp in morning.

EASTERN WHIPBIRD Psophodes olivaceus

Common breeding resident in forest areas with thicker undergrowth. Iconic call.


Very rare visitor. Single sighting reported on eBird with photos in October 2020.


BLACK-FACED CUCKOO-SHRIKE Coracina novaehollandiae

Common breeding resident in forests, parks and gardens.



Very rare visitor.  Recent sightings recorded on eBird.


COMMON CICADABIRD Edolisoma tenuirostre

Common summer breeding migrant to forest areas across island.  More often heard than seen but call is diagnostic.



Rare visitor.  Very occasionally reported on eBird with recent sightings at White Patch in October 2023.


VARIED TRILLER Lalage leucomela

Uncommon breeding resident.  Frequently reported on eBird from Sewage Works and White Patch – also seen occasionally in other locations, including Bribie Bicentennial Trails - a useful bird-watching place.   More often seen in summer months.


PIED CURRAWONG Strepera graculina

Common winter visitor to adjacent mainland and island. Relatively infrequently reported on eBird around island, perhaps more so in 2023 than other years.


AUSTRALIAN MAGPIE Gymnorhina tibicen

Very common breeding resident, often with aggressive behaviour defending breeding territory.  Both white-backed and black-backed sub-species recorded from nearby mainland (2020) during major forest fires in NSW (M. Strong).


PIED BUTCHERBIRD Cracticus nigrogularis

Common breeding resident in forests, parks and gardens.

GREY BUTCHERBIRD Cracticus torquatus

Very common breeding resident in forests, parks and gardens.

MASKED WOODSWALLOW Artamus personatus

Very rare irregular visitor.  Seen with White-browed Woodswallow  in October 2015 and September 2017.

WHITE-BROWED WOODSWALLOW Artamus superciliosus

Very rare irregular visitor. A couple of sightings reported on eBird in 2015 and 2017 (with photo).  40 birds in 2017.


Uncommon breeding resident in heathlands and Red Beach (M. Strong 2015).  Four sightings reported on eBird, but none since 2016.


Very common breeding resident. Adapted to urban areas.  

WILLIE WAGTAIL Rhipidura leucophrys

Common breeding resident in parks and gardens; perhaps increasing due to better domestic cat management.


Uncommon in thicker wet forest areas; perhaps local seasonal movement; possibly breeds.  Relatively commonly reported on eBird around Buckley’s Hole, Sports Complex and Bicentennial Walks. Common in wetter area with palm undergrowth in Bicentennial Trails area and national park towards Gallaghers Point.


GREY FANTAIL Rhipidura albiscapa

Common breeding resident in forests and woodlands; frequent visitor to bush gardens.


SPANGLED DRONGO Dicrurus bracteatus

Seasonally common migrant, with irregular breeding resident population. Probably seasonal migration movement. Frequent reports on eBird with very large numbers sighted in September during their migration. A home at Banksia Beach reported 30 at their garden feeder.


LEADEN FLYCATCHER Myiagra rubecula

Common summer breeding migrant in forest but declining in numbers because of habitat loss. Still relatively commonly reported on eBird from some areas such as Sports Complex, Sewage Works and Buckley’s Hole. Common in northern part of national park where the male's grating call is a familiar sound in late spring.


SATIN FLYCATCHER Myiagra cyanoleuca

Very rare summer migrant in forest. One sighting reported at Buckley’s Hole on eBird in 1997 with comment that it is often misidentified with Leaden Flycatcher.



Very rare summer migrant, usually near water (T. Ford). No records on eBird for the island.



Uncommon and irregular visitor, often near water. Frequently reported on eBird around Buckley’s Hole area and very occasionally in other areas on edges of habitation in recent years.


MAGPIE-LARK (PEEWEE) Grallina cyanoleuca

Common breeding resident, perhaps increasing in gardens with better domestic cat management.


SPECTACLED MONARCH Symposiachrus trivirgatus

Uncommon summer migrant (perhaps breeding) to forests in Passage and national park. Very few isolated sightings reported on eBird over last ten years.



Uncommon summer migrant (T. Ford). No sightings reported on eBird anywhere south of Port Douglas so it is uncertain what evidence Trevor Ford based this record on.


Very common breeding resident in parks and gardens. Aggressive defender of territory.


ROSE ROBIN Petroica rosea

Uncommon winter migrant from south.  Photo on eBird at Sports Complex in August 2023 amd a few other sightings in 2021 and 2023 around Red Beach. Frequent sightings in national park north of  Ranger station.

JACKY WINTER Microeca fascinans

Once extremely common, now very rare and locally extinct in mainland areas where previously was breeding resident. Only one report on eBird in 1997 at Cochin Creek.

EASTERN YELLOW ROBIN Eopsaltria australis

Common breeding resident in wallum forest, especially with thick undergrowth. 


Uncommon in rank grasslands, wetlands and heathlands. Seen frequently at Buckley’s Hole but seldom seen elsewhere on eBird although some recent sightings around Banksia Beach.

AUSTRALIAN REED-WARBLER Acrocephalus australis

Common unobtrusive breeding summer migrant to Buckley’s Hole reed beds. Melodious song. Often seen fossicking along edge of reed beds and lagoon.



BROWN SONGLARK Cincloramphus cruralis

Very rare vagrant from mainland (T. Ford).

RUFOUS SONGLARK Cincloramphus mathewsi

Very rare vagrant from mainland.  Recorded on eBird in October 2023 in Buckley’s Hole area but perhaps mistaken for Reed-warbler.

TAWNY GRASSBIRD Cincloramphus timoriensis

Common unobtrusive breeding resident in grasslands, wetlands and heathlands. Resident at Buckley’s Hole reedbeds. Frequently recorded on eBird in southern end of island – more often heard than seen.

LITTLE GRASSBIRD Poodytes gramineus

Rare in grasslands, wetlands and heathlands. Observed on eBird at Heathland Street in August 2022.

FAIRY MARTIN Petrochelidon ariel

Uncommon to common visitor with flocks of swallows and martins. Large flock bred at Abbey Museum in 1979 with 45 breeding pairs, increasing to about 50-60 pairs before its nesting site was lost. There may be confusion by observers between Tree and Fairy Martins.

TREE MARTIN Petrochelidon nigricans

Uncommon breeding resident. Possibly has decreased population due to loss of suitable breeding tree hollows. eBird sightings probably not reliable.

WELCOME SWALLOW Hirundo neoxena

Very common breeding resident, Possibly some seasonal movement.

BARN SWALLOW Hirundo rustica

Very rare summer visitor. Always worth looking at flocks of Welcome Swallows to see if one has a black band separating rufous throat. No sightings reported on eBird.

SILVEREYE Zosterops lateralis

Common breeding resident with local population increase in winter from southeast Australia. Decreased in numbers with loss of habitat to urban expansion and fewer gardens with fruit trees. Frequent sightings reported on eBird around island, especially around Sewage Works and Sports Complex.

COMMON STARLING * Sturnus vulgaris

Introduced species. Once common, now displaced by introduced Common Myna. Two recent sightings in 2023 at Kakadu Beach and Golf Course.

COMMON MYNA* Acridotheres tristis

Introduced common breeding resident. Aggressively displacing native species and increasing in numbers. Groups of up to 30 reported.  BIEPA is considering a trapping program.


MISTLETOEBIRD Dicaeum hirundinaceum

Common breeding resident or semi nomadic following flowering mistletoe.


SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA * Lonchura punctulata

Previously called Spice or Nutmeg Mannikin. Rare, introduced vagrant to areas of rank grass (T. Ford).

CHESTNUT-BREASTED MANNIKIN Lonchura castaneothorax

Uncommon in grassland, road edges, heathland, forest.  Only four sightings reported on eBird since 2021.

RED-BROWED FINCH Neochmia temporalis

Common breeding resident in forest, heathland forming pairs or small flocks. More often seen and in more locations than Double-barred Finch.

ZEBRA FINCH Taeniopygia castanotis

Very rare, possibly aviary escapee, but drought forces some species closer to coast. One sighting reported on eBird in 1987 with comment that it was likely an escapee.

DOUBLE-BARRED FINCH Taeniopygia bichenovii

Common breeding resident in forest, heathland forming pairs or small flocks. eBird reports are more irregular than expected – most often seen around Sewage Works and Sports Complex.

HOUSE SPARROW * Passer domesticus

Once common around suburbia, now uncommon.  Reported on eBird in recent years at Harbour Promenade, Banksia Beach.


AUSTRALIAN PIPIT Anthus novaeseelandiae

Common breeding resident; parks, suburbs, heathland.

EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL Motacilla tschutschensis

Very rare vagrant at Buckley’s Hole in October 2013 (C. Bell) and reported with photo on eBird.

Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles

Photo by M. Britton


Rainbow Beeater Merops ornatus

Photo by M. Britton

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Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo 

Zanda funerea

Photo by A. Carr

Pied Stilt Himantopus leucocephalus and chick

Photo by M. Britton

Pacific Baza Aviceda subcristata

Photo by M. Britton

Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys

Photo by M. Britten

Spangled Drongo  Dicrurus bracteatus

Photo by M. Britten

Red-capped Plover  

Anarhynchus ruficapillus

Photo by G. Harrison

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo 

Cacatua galerita

Photo by M. Britten

Silvereye  Zosterops lateralis

Photo by M. Britten


Pied Oystercatcher  

Haematopus longirostris

Photo by M. Britten

Birds of  Bribie

Last updated: 1 Feb 2024

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