Birding Cairns

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

There were 4 yellow-legged Red-necked Stints with varying amounts of yellow on the legs (one with completely yellow legs but with blackish feet) on the Cairns Esplanade at 1600-1800 hrs, Mon 5th Feb, 2013. A similar eruption occurred some years ago when 6 yellow-legged Red-necked Stints appeared. If anyone would like to try to urn them into Least, Long-toed, or Temminck's they are welcome to try.
Any comments on this subject would be welcomed by Andrew P Anderson  on behalf of Cairns Birds.

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Saturday, January 29, 2011


Cairns Area List

CAIRNS AREA LIST - after Christidis & Boles, 2008.
Family names emboldened. W = World number of species in that particular Family. 
Cassowaries - 4W
Southern Cassowary
Mound Builders - 17W
Australian Brush-turkey
Orange-footed Scrubfowl
Quail etc - 172W
Stubble Quail
Brown Quail
King Quail
Magpie Goose - 1W
Magpie Goose
Swan, Geese, Ducks - 153W 
Plumed Whistling-Duck
Wandering Whistling-Duck
Black Swan
Radjah Shelduck
Australian Wood Duck
Pink-eared Duck
Cotton Pygmy-goose
Green Pygmy-goose
Grey Teal
Chestnut TealV
Pacific Black Duck
Tropicbirds - 3W
Red-tailed TropicbirdV
White-tailed Tropicbird
Grebes - 22W
Australasian Grebe
Hoary-headed Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Pigeons - 248W
Rock DoveI
White-headed Pigeon
Spotted DoveI
Brown Cuckoo-Dove
Emerald Dove
Common Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Spinifex Pigeon
Squatter Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Wompoo Fruit-Dove
Superb Fruit-Dove
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Pied Imperial-Pigeon
Topknot Pigeon
Frogmouths - 13W
Tawny Frogmouth
Papuan Frogmouth
Nightjars - 79W
White-throated Nightjar 
Spotted Nightjar
Large-tailed Nightjar
Owlet-nightjars - 8W
Australian Owlet-nightjar
Swifts - 83W
Australian Swiftlet
Uniform SwiftletV
White-throated Needletail 
Fork-tailed Swift
House SwiftV
Storm Petrels - 20W
Black-bellied Storm-Petrel
Petrels, Shearwaters - 79W 
Wedge-tailed Shearwater
Tahiti Petrel
Frigatebirds - 5W
Lesser Frigatebird
Great Frigatebird
Boobies & Gannets - 9W
Masked Booby
Red-footed Booby
Brown Booby
Darters - 2W
Australasian Darter
Cormorants - 40W
Little Pied Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Pelicans - 8W 
Australian Pelican
Storks - 17W
Black-necked Stork
Bitterns, Egrets, Herons - 70W
Australian Little Bittern
Black Bittern
White-necked Heron
Eastern Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
Great-billed Heron
Cattle Egret
Striated Heron
Pied Heron
White-faced Heron
Little Egret
Eastern Reef Egret
Nankeen Night-Heron
Ibis & Spoonbills - 32W
Glossy Ibis
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Kites, Hawks, Eagles - 239W 
Eastern Osprey
Black-shouldered Kite
Letter-winged KiteV
Square-tailed Kite
Black-breasted Buzzard
Pacific Baza
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Whistling Kite
Brahminy Kite
Black Kite
Brown Goshawk
Collared Sparrowhawk
Grey Goshawk
Spotted Harrier
Swamp Harrier
Red Goshawk
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Little Eagle
Falcons - 54W
Nankeen Kestrel
Brown Falcon
Australian Hobby
Grey FalconV
Black Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Cranes - 15W
Sarus Crane
Rails - 136W
Purple Swamphen
Red-necked Crake
Lewin's Rail
Buff-banded Rail
Baillon's Crake
Spotless Crake
White-browed Crake
Pale-vented Bush-hen
Black-tailed Native-henV
Dusky Moorhen
Eurasian Coot
Bustards - 25W
Australian Bustard
Stone-curlews - 9W
Bush Thicknee
Beach Stone-curlew
Oystercatchers - 11W
Pied Oystercatcher
Sooty Oystercatcher
Stilts & Avocets - 10W
Black-winged Stilt
Red-necked AvocetV
Plovers - 66W
Pacific Golden Plover
American Golden PloverV 
Grey Plover
Little Ringed PloverV
Red-capped Plover
Double-banded Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Oriental Plover
Black-fronted Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel
Banded Lapwing
Masked Lapwing
Jacanas - 8W
Comb-crested Jacana
Painted Snipes - 2W
Australian Painted Snipe
Snipe & Sandpipers - 87W
Latham's Snipe
Swinhoe's SnipeV
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Little Curlew
Eastern Curlew
Eurasian Curlew
Terek Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Grey-tailed Tattler
Wandering Tattler
Common Greenshank
Marsh Sandpiper
Common RedshankV
Wood Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Asian Dowitcher
Great Knot
Red Knot
Little StintV
Red-necked Stint
Pectoral Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Buttonquail - 16W
Red-backed Button-quail
Buff-breasted Button-quail
Painted Button-quail
Red-chested Button-quail
Little Button-quail
Pratincoles - 16W
Oriental Pratincole
Australian Pratincole
Skuas - 7W
Arctic Jaeger
Terns & Gulls - 106W
Common Noddy
Black Noddy
Bridled Tern
Sooty Tern
Little Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Whiskered Tern
White-winged Tern
Black TernV
Roseate Tern 
Black-naped Tern
Common Tern
Lesser Crested Tern
Crested Tern
Kelp GullV
Slaty-backed GullV
Laughing GullV
Franklin's GullV
Silver Gull               
Cockatoos - 21W
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Long-billed CorellaI
Little Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Parrots - 340W
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Varied Lorikeet
Little Lorikeet
Double-eyed Fig-Parrot
Australian King-Parrot
Red-winged Parrot
Crimson Rosella
Pale-headed Rosella
Golden-shouldered Parrot
Cuckoos - 141W
Pheasant Coucal
Eastern Koel
Long-tailed CuckooV
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo
Black-eared Cuckoo
Shining Bronze Cuckoo
Little Bronze Cuckoo
Pallid Cuckoo
Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Brush Cuckoo
Oriental Cuckoo
Brown Owls - 182W
Rufous Owl
Barking Owl
Southern Boobook
Masked Owls - 15W
Sooty Owl
Masked Owl
Eastern Barn Owl
Eastern Grass Owl
River Kingfishers - 26W
Azure Kingfisher
Little Kingfisher
Kingfishers - 57W
Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher
Laughing Kookaburra
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Forest Kingfisher
Red-backed Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher
Bee-eaters - 26W
Rainbow Bee-eater
Rollers - 12W
Pittas - 31W
Noisy Pitta
Australasian Treecreepers - 7W
White-throated Treecreepr
Brown Treecreeper
Bowerbirds - 19W
Spotted Catbird
Tooth-billed Bowerbird 
Golden Bowerbird
Satin Bowerbird
Great Bowerbird
Australasian Wrens - 25W
Red-backed Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren
Lovely Fairy-wren
Australasian Warblers - 65W 
Yellow-throated Scrubwren
White-browed Scrubwren
Atherton Scrubwren
Large-billed Scrubwren
Brown Gerygone
Mangrove Gerygone
Large-billed Gerygone
Fairy Gerygone
White-throated Gerygone
Yellow Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Mountain Thornbill
Pardalotes - 4W
Spotted Pardalote
Red-browed Pardalote
Striated Pardalote
Honeyeaters - 176W
Eastern Spinebill
Lewin's Honeyeater
Yellow-spotted Honeyeatr
Graceful Honeyeater
Bridled Honeyeater
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Varied Honeyeater
White-gaped Honeyeater
Yellow Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater
Yellow-tinted Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Brown-backed Honeyeater
Bar-breasted Honeyeater
Rufous-banded Honeyeatr
Rufous-throated Honeyeater
Dusky Honeyeater
Red-headed Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater
Banded Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater
White-streaked Honeyeatr
Black-chinned Honeyeater
White-throated Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Helmeted Friarbird
Silver-crowned Friarbird
Noisy Friarbird
Little Friarbird
Macleay's Honeyeater
Painted Honeyeater
Australasian Babblers - 5W
Grey-crowned Babbler
Chowchillas - 6W
Whipbirds - 9W
Eastern Whipbird
Sitellas - 3W
Varied Sittella
Cuckooshrikes & Trillers - 84W
Ground Cuckoo-shrike
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike 
Barred Cuckoo-shrike
White-winged Triller
Varied Triller
Whistlers & others - 55W
Crested Shrike-tit
Golden Whistler
Mangrove Golden WhistlerV
Grey Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Little Shrike-thrush
Bower's Shrike-thrush
Grey Shrike-thrush
Old World Orioles - 30W
Australasian Figbird
Yellow Oriole
Olive-backed Oriole
Woodswallows & Currawongs - 23W 
White-breasted W'swallow
Masked Woodswallow
Black-faced Woodswallow
Dusky Woodswallow
Black Butcherbird
Grey Butcherbird
Black-backed Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
Drongos - 23W
Spangled Drongo
Fantails - 42W
Rufous Fantail
Grey Fantail
Northern Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Crows - 116W
Australian Raven
Torresian Crow
Monarch Flycatchers - 98W 
Broad-billed Flycatcher
Leaden Flycatcher
Satin Flycatcher
Shining Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher
White-eared Monarch
Black-faced Monarch
Spectacled Monarch
Pied Monarch
Yellow-breasted Boatbill
Mud-nesters - 2W
Birds of Paradise - 43W
Victoria's Riflebird
Australasian Robins - 44W 
Jacky Winter
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher
Red-capped Robin
Hooded Robin
Pale-yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
Mangrove Robin
Grey-headed Robin
White-browed Robin
Northern Scrub-robin
Larks -  95W
Eastern Bushlark
Afro-Asian Warblers - 116W 
Zitting Cisticola
Golden-headed Cisticola
Reed Warblers - 53W
Australian Reed-Warbler
Oriental Reed-WarblerV
Grassbirds & Songlarks - 61W
Tawny Grassbird
Little Grassbird
Rufous Songlark
Brown Songlark
Babblers - 423W
Swallows - 85W
White-backed Swallow
Barn Swallow
Welcome Swallow
Pacific Swallow
Fairy Martin
Tree Martin
Red-rumped Swallow
Old World Flycatchers - 297W
Isabelline WheatearV
Thrushes - 173W
Bassian Thrush
Russet-tailed Thrush
Starlings - 109W
Metallic Starling
Common MynaI
Flowerpeckers & Sunbirds - 167W 
Olive-backed Sunbird
Firetails, Munias, etc - 137W  
Zebra Finch
Double-barred Finch
Black-throated Finch
Masked Finch
Crimson Finch
Star Finch
Plum-headed Finch
Red-browed Finch
Blue-faced Parrot-Finch
Gouldian Finch
Nutmeg MannikinI
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Pictorella Mannikin
Old World Sparrows - 45W 
House SparrowI
EurasianTree SparrowI
Pipits & Wagtails - 78W
Australasian Pipit
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Grey WagtailV,C
414 species, recorded within one day's 
surface travel of Cairns.

Friday, January 08, 2010





Tuesday, December 15, 2009


CAIRNS BIRDING FESTIVAL 2009, Photo Competition.




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