Victoria is home to around 450 species of birds. Rare and endangered birds exist at some locations. Birdwatching is a relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors among birds’ habitat. Birds are one of the few wild creatures at our back doors in the city and regional towns and villages. Visitors should avoid feeding them, because this may threaten their digestion and alertness to predators. Listen to their melodies, marvel at their colours and be rewarded for patient, quiet observation.
Popular birdwatching spots
Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park is one of the best places to see the rare Regent Honeyeater and a wide range of native parrots.
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park has hundreds of wetland birds such as pelicans, ducks and spoonbills as well as the special birds of the dry mallee, the Malleefowl and Emu Wrens. It’s also the stronghold for the endangered Regent Parrot.
Brisbane Ranges National Park There are more than 170 different kinds of birds to see here; two special ones are the Yellow-tufted Honeyeater and White-throated Nightjar. The park also has lots of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, wallabies, Echidnas, possums and Sugar Gliders that are often seen close to campgrounds.
Kings Billabong Park near Mildura, has a boardwalk that takes visitors through a stunning billabong and wetlands that are home to many hundreds of water birds including swans, pelicans, Whistling Kites, kookaburras, ducks and many kinds of parrots.
Serendip Sanctuary near the You Yangs has more than 150 species of native birds such as the Bush Stone-curlew, Brolga and Freckled Duck. Birds can be seen up close from bird hides and in aviaries; preening, feeding, incubating their eggs and rearing chicks. On the Wildlife Walk, Emus and Brolgas may be heard trumpeting, Whistling Kites soaring overhead and Yellow-billed Spoonbills wading in shallow water.
Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park has thirty-two species of migratory waders have been recorded, including the largest concentrations of Bar-tailed Godwit and Great Knot in south eastern Australia. At low tide these birds can be seen spread out in groups feeding over the mudflats. At high tide, huge flocks of waders congregate on the sand spits at the ends of the barrier islands. In summer the ocean beaches and sand spits in Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park are nesting sites for shore birds like the Pied Oystercatcher, Crested Tern, Caspian Tern, Fairy Tern and the endangered Hooded Plover and Little Tern. Other notable bird species include the White-bellied Sea Eagle, the endangered Orange-bellied Parrot and the rare Ground Parrot, which lives in coastal heaths.
The Lakes National Park, East Gippsland. More than 190 species of birds have been recorded in the park, including the rare White Bellied Sea Eagle and the endangered Little Tern.
Wattle Park, Riverside Road, Burwood, Melbourne: Birds commonly seen include the wattlebirds, kookaburras, rosellas, Rainbow Lorikeets, galahs, Noisy Miners, Common Mynahs, and Gang-Gang cockatoos during the breeding season. Less common are the Grey Currawong (this is their closest breeding site to the city), Musk Lorikeets and White-Browed Scrub-Wren. Other types of bird life include waterbirds (Wood Duck and Little Pied Cormorant), birds of prey (Brown Goshawk and Australian hobby) and nocturnal birds (Tawny Frogmouth).