The complete bird list

All bird species of Tenterfield
There are supposedly about 200 bird species that inhabit the Tenterfield Shire area, more than half exist outside the township of Tenterfield itself. All images and birds sounds will be placed on a individual page for each species and are of local birds, unless stated otherwise.

I am attempting to find out which birds actually exist in Tenterfield itself so I can add them to the blue link list below. I am comparing my own knowledge of local birds with a list of all known bird species that have been sighted in the immediate area of Tenterfield and perhaps live within the township of Tenterfield itself. In time this list will be edited when I do some more research of local birds and from my own sightings and knowledge of the local birds themselves.

Unfortunately, many of the local bird species have disappeared from Tenterfield due to a lack of rain and food sources as well as from the Tenterfield Creek being partially stripped of plant life. Some of the disappeared species are the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Whistling Kite, and Tawny Frogmouth. Only when the habitat returns to a more abundant condition do certain species return but they may not stay permanently here anymore.

I have decided to restructure this page and write up three separate lists. I believe it is important to note the birds species that are no longer sighted in Tenterfield. It will be a more accurate representation of the local bird species that exist in Tenterfield as of 2012. These species will be written up first followed by the other two lists.

  Most recently I've sighted exceptionally large birds of certain species. I have written up posts about these particular sightings and they can be found on this page "Birds getting bigger" Please check it out if interested.


  • NEW AUSTRALIAN SPECIES: Endemic No current records or details of this bird exists just yet in the bird community and it does not exist as a new species either, except for my own observations of this species. It has no common or scientific name either. I've written a visual description of this species, where it was sighted, what it was sighted with, and what it roughly looks like. This species disappeared from Tenterfield roughly between 2005-2006. One individual bird was resighted in September 2012 but has since vanished. I don't have photos or videos of this new species yet, and as it has left the area I'm guessing I never will either.
  • Bar-shouldered Dove - Native Disappeared years ago - Rare sightings
  • Blue-faced Honeyeater - Native Disappeared about 2004 -05
  • Brown Goshawk - Native
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus - Native An individual of this species used to be seen a few years ago near the Tenterfield Creek in it's breeding plumage colours. It was witnessed only with the Australian White Ibises and never by itself near grazing cows. Disappeared about 2003 - 04.
  • Common Bronzewing - Native Disappeared about 2005
  • Grey Butcherbird Cracticus torquatus - Native Disappeared during summer of 2012
  • Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio - Native Disappeared early 2011 a day or two after the flood
  • Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus magnificus Native Travels infrequently to Tenterfield from Queensland in search of food. It especially likes Pine cone seeds from around the town area. Not sighted in area since 2008 - 09
  • Restless Flycatcher Myiagra inquieta - Native Disappeared during July 2012
  • Rufous Songlark Cincloramphus mathewsi - Native Disappeared years ago but resighted about the 20th November 2012. One male may have possibly died.
  • Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides - Native Disappeared about 2005
  • Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax - Native Disappeared about 2006

>> A possible new Eastern Spinebill species Endemic

>> Australasian Darter Anhinga novaehollandiae - Native not sure if it has left
>> Australasian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae - Native not sure if it has left
>> Australian King Parrot Alisterus scapularis Native
>> Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen - Native common species
>> Australian White Ibis Threskiornis molucca - Native annual July visitor
>> Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata - Native common species
>> Black Swan Cygnus atratus - Native currently migrating
      Common or Indian Myna - Introduced
>> Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris - Introduced
>> Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes Native
>> Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans - Native disappeared for about 4 years but resighted in 2012
>> Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii Native
>> Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius Native
>> Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris Native
>> Galah Eolophus roseicapillus - Native migratory species now
>> Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa Native
>> Grey Shrike-thrush Colluricincla harmonica Native
>> House Sparrow Passer domesticus - Introduced
>> Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae Native
>> Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea Native
>> Magpie Lark Grallina cyanoleuca Native
>> Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles Native
>> Masked Owl Tyto novaehollandiae - Native travels through town but never stays
      New Holland Honeyeater Native
>> Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala Native
>> Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa Native
>> Pacific Koel Eudynamys orientalis - Native temporary resident for about 6 months
>> Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis - extra large species Endemic
>> Pied Currawong Strepera graculina Native
>> Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus - Native disappearred for a few years but resighted in 2012
>> Red-browed Finch Neochmia temporalis Native
>> Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus Native
>> Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata Native
      Regent Honeyeater Anthochaera phrygia - Native visits summer last sighted early 2012.
>> Rufous Songlark Cincloramphus mathewsi - Native migrates
>> Satin Bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus violaceus - Native temporary resident for several months
>> Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus - Native migrates
>> Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita - Native migratory species now
>> Superb fairy Wren Malurus cyaneus Native
>> Torresian Crow Corvus orru - Native common species *
>> Turquoise Parrot Neophema pulchella Native
      Weebill Smicrornis brevirostris - Native may have disappeared from area during October 2012
>> Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena Native
>> Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus Native
>> White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae Native
>> White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus Native
>> Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys Native
>> Yellow-faced Honeyeater Lichenostomus chrysops Native
     Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus - Native visits area once every 4-5 years - sightings becoming rarer

* May become extinct in area due to inbreeding

* Not sure if this species was ever sighted in Tenterfield
* I've definately never seen or heard this species in Tenterfield

  • Apostlebird *
  • Australasian Figbird *
  • Australasian Shoveler *
  • Australian Hobby *
  • Australian Raven *
  • Azure Kingfisher *
  • Banded Lapwing *
  • Barking Owl Ninox connivens *
  • Cockatiel *
  • Diamond Firetail (Finch) Stagonopleura guttata *
  • Eastern Whipbird *
  • Flame Robin Petroica phoenicea *
  • Forest kingfisher *
  • Glossy Black Cockatoo *
  • Golden Whistler *
  • Rainbow Bee-eater *
  • Sacred Kingfisher *
  • Scarlet Honeyeater *
  • White-winged Chough * a much smaller similiar species is here though
  • Wonga Pigeon *
  • Yellow-billed Spoonbill *

The bird list I have to sort through still:
Australian Owlet-Nightjar
Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus
Australian Pipit
Australian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus australis

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bassian Thrush
Black-chinned Honeyeater Melithreptus gularis
Black-eared Cuckoo
Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike
Black-faced Monarch
Black-faced Woodswallow
Black-fronted Dotterel
Black-shouldered Kite
Black-winged Stilt
Brown Cuckoo Dove
Brown Falcon Falco berigora
Brown-headed Honeyeater
Brown Honeyeater
Brown Songlark
Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla
Brown Treecreeper (Eastern subspecies) Climacteris picumnus
Brown Quail
Brush Cuckoo
Buff-banded Rail
Buff-rumped Thornbill

Channel-billed Cuckoo
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Chestnut Teal
Common Blackbird
Crested Shrike-Tit

Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa
Dusky Woodswallow

Eastern Great Egret
Eastern Yellow Robin
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
Eurasian Skylark

Fairy Martin
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Fuscous Honeyeater

Glossy Ibis
Golden-headed Cisticola
Great Cormorant

Grey-crowned Babbler
Grey Teal Anas gracilis

Hardhead (Duck) Aythya australis
Hoary-headed Grebe
Hooded Robin Melanodryas cucullata
Horsfield's Bushlark
Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo

Inland Thornbill

Jacky Winter

Latham's Snipe
Leaden Flycatcher
Lewin's Honeyeater
Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides
Little Egret
Little Friarbird
Little Lorikeet Glossopsitta pusilla
Little Pied Cormorant Microcarbo melanoleucos
Little Wattlebird
Long-billed Corella

Marsh Sandpiper
Masked Woodswallow
Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum
Musk Duck
Musk Lorikeet

Nankeen Kestrel
Nankeen Night Heron
Noisy Friarbird

Olive-backed Oriole

Pacific Baza
Painted Button Quail
Painted Honeyeater Grantiella picta
Pale-headed Rosella
Pallid Cuckoo
Peaceful Dove
Peregrine Falcon
Pheasant Coucal
Pied Cormorant
Pink-eared Duck
Plum-headed Finch
Powerful Owl Ninox strenua

Red-browed Treecreeper
Red-kneed Dotterel
Red-winged Parrot
Rose Robin
Rufous Fantail
Rufous Whistler Pachycephala rufiventris

Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopica Not sure if it is indigenious to Australia. Slightly smaller than the Australian White Ibis. Often seen in pairs near the Tenterfield Creek. Haven't spotted them for about 12 months. Not numerous when spotted.
Satin Flycatcher
Scarlet Robin Petroica boodang
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Shining Bronze Cuckoo
Southern Boobook
Southern Whiteface
Spangled Drongo
Speckled Warbler Chthonicola sagittata
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater Acanthagenys rufogularis
Spotted Harrier Circus assimilis
Spotted Pardalote
Spotted Quail-thrush
Square-tailed Kite Lophoictinia isura
Straw-necked Ibis
Striated Pardalote
Striated Thornbill Acanthiza lineata
Striped Honeyeater Plectorhyncha lanceolata
Stubble Quail
Superb Lyrebird Menura novaehollandiae
Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor

Tawny Grassbird
Tree Martin

Varied Sittelia
Variegated Fairy Wren

Western Gerygone
White-backed Swallow
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
White-bellied Sea Eagle
White-breasted Woodswallow
White-browed Scrubwren Sericornis frontalis
White-browed Woodswallow
White-eared Honeyeater Lichenostomus leucotis
White-naped Honeyeater
White-necked Heron
White-throated Gerygone
White-throated Needletail
White-throated Treecreeper
White-winged Black tern
White-winged Triller

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill Acanthiza nana
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

Endemic — found only in Tenterfield.
Native —  birds that are naturally found in the country or are self-introduced.
Introduced — brought to Australia by humans.

This page was updated on Thursday, 14th March 2013 at 12:33 PM.
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