State bird: Wedge-tailed Eagle

  Abundance Codes


Distribution range deducted from map, not actual record.


Present, abundance not determined.


Within its range, varying from common to occasional


Rare, wandered outside of its normal range but still may be expected from time to time. Between 10 - 100 records.


Vagrant, accidental, species far out of its normal distribution range. >10 records.


Introduced species.


Not verified.




Extinct in country

Status of Permanence Codes


Resident, present  year around.


Nests in the area but absent during part of the year.


Migrant, non-breeding. May spend a short period or the entire winter.


Wintering; stays in the area, while its primary nesting range is elsewhere.


National endemic.


National bird.

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Northern Territory is home to an impressive number of species of birds that vary from residents, that stay all year around, to breeding birds, that spend a good part of the growing season in Northern Territory to raise their young, migrants who pass through Northern Territory with the seasons, to wintering birds who like to spend a good part of the winter in Northern Territory to escape colder conditions up north. While many species of birds are relatively common as they are part of the ecosystems of the province, it is always a thrill to stumble upon a rare bird or vagrant, that does not really form part of any the Northern Territory ecosystems. Maybe it got lost during its travels between its summer and winter residence or it got displaced by bad weather.

Among the species of the checklist of the birds of Northern Territory you can find  waterfowl and wading birds, a large suite of songbirds, raptors, game birds, swifts and nighthawks, etc., many of which occupy several ecosystems simultaneously, as they fly to and from forests, meadows, shorelines of waters, cities and and urban green spaces. At Birdlist, we have developed a coding system that can help you predict when you may expect a certain species, with a code for seasonality, such as resident, nesting, wintering, etc. A code for abundance will give you a clue on the likelihood that you may actually see a certain species of bird. As we progressed with the coding, we realized that there should be a differentiation in the coding for "common", such as less common, common and very common birds. However, this would require reliable quantative data, which for most provinces, are not revealed by the commission of bird records. We hope to provide those in the future. In the meantime, enjoy the current checklist of the birds of Northern Territory.



XX Species full name Birds AUN
  Dromaius novaehollandiae Emu D
  Megapodius reinwardt Orange-footed Scrubfowl D
  Coturnix chinensis Blue-breasted Quail D
  Coturnix pectoralis Stubble Quail D
  Coturnix ypsilophora Brown Quail D
  Pavo cristatus Indian Peafowl D
  Anseranas semipalmata Magpie Goose D
  Dendrocygna arcuata Wandering Whistling-Duck D
  Dendrocygna eytoni Plumed Whistling-Duck D
  Anas castanea Chestnut Teal D
  Anas gracilis Grey Teal D
  Anas querquedula Garganey D
  Anas rhynchotis Australian Shoveler D
  Anas superciliosa Pacific Black Duck D
  Aythya australis Hardhead D
  Chenonetta jubata Maned Duck D
  Cygnus atratus Black Swan D
  Malacorhynchus membranaceus Pink-eared Duck D
  Nettapus pulchellus Green Pygmy-Goose D
  Oxyura australis Blue-billed Duck D
  Tadorna radjah Radjah Shelduck D
  Turnix castanota Chestnut-backed Buttonquail D
  Turnix maculosa Red-backed Buttonquail D
  Turnix pyrrhothorax Red-chested Buttonquail D
  Turnix velox Little Buttonquail D
  Eurystomus orientalis Dollarbird D
  Alcedo azurea Azure Kingfisher D
  Alcedo pusilla Little Kingfisher D
  Dacelo leachii Blue-winged Kookaburra D
  Todiramphus chloris Collared Kingfisher D
  Todiramphus macleayii Forest Kingfisher D
  Todiramphus pyrrhopygia Red-backed Kingfisher D
  Todiramphus sanctus Sacred Kingfisher D
  Merops ornatus Rainbow Bee-eater D
  Cacomantis flabelliformis Fan-tailed Cuckoo D
  Cacomantis variolosus Brush Cuckoo D
  Chrysococcyx basalis Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo D
  Chrysococcyx minutillus Little Bronze-Cuckoo D
  Chrysococcyx osculans Black-eared Cuckoo D
  Cuculus pallidus Pallid Cuckoo D
  Cuculus saturatus Oriental Cuckoo D
  Eudynamys scolopacea Asian Koel D
  Scythrops novaehollandiae Channel-billed Cuckoo D
  Centropus phasianinus Pheasant Coucal D
  Cacatua galerita Sulphur-crested Cockatoo D
  Cacatua leadbeateri Pink Cockatoo D
  Cacatua roseicapilla Galah D
  Cacatua sanguinea Little Cockatoo D
  Calyptorhynchus banksii Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo D
  Nymphicus hollandicus Cockatiel D
  Aprosmictus erythropterus Red-winged Parrot D
  Melopsittacus undulatus Budgerigar D
  Neophema chrysostoma Blue-winged Parrot D
  Neophema splendida Scarlet-chested Parrot D
  Neopsephotus bourkii Bourke's Parrot D
  Northiella haematogaster Bluebonnet D
  Pezoporus occidentalis Night Parrot D
  Platycercus venustus Northern Rosella D
  Polytelis alexandrae Alexandra's Parrot D
  Psephotus dissimilis Hooded Parrot D
  Psephotus varius Mulga Parrot D
  Psitteuteles versicolor Varied Lorikeet D
  Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus Scaly-breasted Lorikeet D
  Trichoglossus haematodus Rainbow Lorikeet D
  Apus affinis Little Swift D
  Apus pacificus Fork-tailed Swift D
  Hirundapus caudacutus White-throated Needletail D
  Tyto alba Barn Owl D
  Tyto capensis African Grass-Owl D
  Tyto novaehollandiae Australian Masked-Owl D
  Ninox boobook Southern Boobook D
  Ninox connivens Barking Owl D
  Ninox rufa Rufous Owl D
  Aegotheles cristatus Australian Owlet-Nightjar D
  Podargus strigoides Tawny Frogmouth D
  Eurostopodus argus Spotted Eared-Nightjar D
  Caprimulgus macrurus Large-tailed Nightjar D
  Columba livia Rock Dove D
  Ducula bicolor Pied Imperial-Pigeon D
  Geopelia cuneata Diamond Dove D
  Geopelia humeralis Bar-shouldered Dove D
  Geopelia placida Peaceful Dove D
  Geophaps lophotes Crested Pigeon D
  Geophaps plumifera Spinifex Pigeon D
  Geophaps smithii Partridge Pigeon D
  Petrophassa albipennis White-quilled Rock-Pigeon D
  Phaps chalcoptera Common Bronzewing D
  Phaps histrionica Flock Bronzewing D
  Ptilinopus cinctus Black-backed Fruit-Dove D
  Ptilinopus regina Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove D
  Ardeotis australis Australian Bustard D
  Grus antigone Sarus Crane D
  Grus rubicunda Brolga D
  Amaurornis olivaceus Bush-hen D
  Eulabeornis castaneoventris Chestnut Rail D
  Fulica atra Common Coot D
  Gallinula tenebrosa Dusky Moorhen D
  Gallinula ventralis Black-tailed Native-hen D
  Gallirallus philippensis Buff-banded Rail D
  Lewinia pectoralis Lewin's Rail D
  Porphyrio porphyrio Purple Swamphen D
  Porzana cinerea White-browed Crake D
  Porzana fluminea Australian Crake D
  Porzana pusilla Baillon's Crake D
  Porzana tabuensis Spotless Crake D
  Pedionomus torquatus Plains-wanderer D
  Actitis hypoleucos Common Sandpiper D
  Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone D
  Calidris acuminata Sharp-tailed Sandpiper D
  Calidris alba Sanderling D
  Calidris bairdii Baird's Sandpiper D
  Calidris canutus Red Knot D
  Calidris ferruginea Curlew Sandpiper D
  Calidris melanotos Pectoral Sandpiper D
  Calidris ruficollis Red-necked Stint D
  Calidris subminuta Long-toed Stint D
  Calidris tenuirostris Great Knot D
  Gallinago hardwickii Latham's Snipe D
  Gallinago megala Swinhoe's Snipe D
  Gallinago stenura Pintail Snipe D
  Heteroscelus brevipes Grey-tailed Tattler D
  Heteroscelus incanus Wandering Tattler D
  Limicola falcinellus Broad-billed Sandpiper D
  Limnodromus semipalmatus Asian Dowitcher D
  Limosa lapponica Bar-tailed Godwit D
  Limosa limosa Black-tailed Godwit D
  Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew D
  Numenius madagascariensis Far Eastern Curlew D
  Numenius minutus Little Curlew D
  Numenius phaeopus Whimbrel D
  Phalaropus lobatus Red-necked Phalarope D
  Philomachus pugnax Ruff D
  Tringa glareola Wood Sandpiper D
  Tringa guttifer Nordmann's Greenshank D
  Tringa nebularia Common Greenshank D
  Tringa ochropus Green Sandpiper D
  Tringa stagnatilis Marsh Sandpiper D
  Tringa totanus Common Redshank D
  Xenus cinereus Terek Sandpiper D
  Rostratula benghalensis Greater Painted-snipe D
  Irediparra gallinacea Comb-crested Jacana D
  Burhinus grallarius Bush Thick-knee D
  Charadrius asiaticus Caspian Plover D
  Charadrius australis Inland Dotterel D
  Charadrius dubius Little Ringed Plover D
  Charadrius leschenaultii Greater Sand Plover D
  Charadrius ruficapillus Red-capped Plover D
  Charadrius veredus Oriental Plover D
  Cladorhynchus leucocephalus Banded Stilt D
  Elseyornis melanops Black-fronted Dotterel D
  Erythrogonys cinctus Red-kneed Dotterel D
  Haematopus fuliginosus Sooty Oystercatcher D
  Haematopus longirostris Pied Oystercatcher D
  Himantopus himantopus Black-winged Stilt D
  Pluvialis dominica American Golden-Plover D
  Pluvialis squatarola Grey Plover D
  Recurvirostra novaehollandiae Red-necked Avocet D
  Vanellus tricolor Banded Lapwing D
  Glareola maldivarum Oriental Pratincole D
  Stiltia isabella Australian Pratincole D
  Anous minutus Black Noddy D
  Anous stolidus Brown Noddy D
  Chlidonias hybridus Whiskered Tern D
  Chlidonias leucopterus White-winged Tern D
  Larus crassirostris Black-tailed Gull D
  Larus dominicanus Kelp Gull D
  Larus novaehollandiae Silver Gull D
  Stercorarius longicaudus Long-tailed Jaeger D
  Stercorarius parasiticus Parasitic Jaeger D
  Stercorarius pomarinus Pomarine Jaeger D
  Sterna albifrons Little Tern D
  Sterna anaethetus Bridled Tern D
  Sterna bengalensis Lesser Crested-Tern D
  Sterna bergii Great Crested-Tern D
  Sterna caspia Caspian Tern D
  Sterna dougallii Roseate Tern D
  Sterna fuscata Sooty Tern D
  Sterna hirundo Common Tern D
  Sterna sumatrana Black-naped Tern D
  Xema sabini Sabine's Gull D
  Accipiter cirrocephalus Collared Sparrowhawk D
  Accipiter fasciatus Brown Goshawk D
  Accipiter novaehollandiae Grey Goshawk D
  Aquila audax Wedge-tailed Eagle D
  Aviceda subcristata Pacific Baza D
  Circus approximans Swamp Harrier D
  Circus assimilis Spotted Harrier D
  Circus spilonotus Eastern Marsh-Harrier D
  Elanus axillaris Black-shouldered Kite D
  Elanus scriptus Letter-winged Kite D
  Erythrotriorchis radiatus Red Goshawk D
  Haliaeetus leucogaster White-bellied Sea-Eagle D
  Haliastur indus Brahminy Kite D
  Haliastur sphenurus Whistling Kite D
  Hamirostra melanosternon Black-breasted Buzzard D
  Hieraaetus morphnoides Little Eagle D
  Lophoictinia isura Square-tailed Kite D
  Milvus migrans Black Kite D
  Pandion haliaetus Osprey D
  Falco berigora Brown Falcon D
  Falco cenchroides Australian Kestrel D
  Falco hypoleucos Grey Falcon D
  Falco longipennis Australian Hobby D
  Falco peregrinus Peregrine Falcon D
  Falco subniger Black Falcon D
  Podiceps cristatus Great Crested Grebe D
  Poliocephalus poliocephalus Hoary-headed Grebe D
  Tachybaptus novaehollandiae Australasian Grebe D
  Phaethon lepturus White-tailed Tropicbird D
  Phaethon rubricauda Red-tailed Tropicbird D
  Anhinga melanogaster Oriental Darter D
  Sula dactylatra Masked Booby D
  Sula leucogaster @ Brown Booby D
  Sula sula @527 Red-footed Booby D
  Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant D
  Phalacrocorax melanoleucos Little Pied Cormorant D
  Phalacrocorax sulcirostris Little Black Cormorant D
  Phalacrocorax varius Pied Cormorant D
  Ardea alba Great Egret D
  Ardea intermedia Intermediate Egret D
  Ardea melanocephala Black-headed Heron D
  Ardea picata Pied Heron D
  Ardea sumatrana Great-billed Heron D
  Bubulcus ibis Cattle Egret D
  Butorides striatus Striated Heron D
  Egretta garzetta @535 Little Egret D
  Egretta novaehollandiae White-faced Heron D
  Egretta sacra Pacific Reef-Egret D
  Ixobrychus minutus Little Bittern D
  Nycticorax caledonicus Rufous Night-Heron D
  Platalea regia Royal Spoonbill D
  Plegadis falcinellus Glossy Ibis D
  Threskiornis molucca Australian Ibis D
  Threskiornis spinicollis Straw-necked Ibis D
  Pelecanus conspicillatus Australian Pelican D
  Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus Black-necked Stork D
  Fregata andrewsi Christmas Island Frigatebird D
  Fregata ariel Lesser Frigatebird D
  Fregata minor Great Frigatebird D
  Calonectris leucomelas Streaked Shearwater D
  Oceanites oceanicus Wilson's Storm-Petrel D
  Pterodroma rostrata Tahiti Petrel D
  Puffinus huttoni Hutton's Shearwater D
  Pitta iris Rainbow Pitta D
  Climacteris picumnus Brown Treecreeper D
  Cormobates leucophaeus White-throated Treecreeper D
  Chlamydera maculata Spotted Bowerbird D
  Ptilonorhynchus violaceus Satin Bowerbird D
  Amytornis barbatus Grey Grasswren D
  Amytornis dorotheae Carpentarian Grasswren D
  Amytornis goyderi Eyrean Grasswren D
  Amytornis striatus Striated Grasswren D
  Amytornis textilis Thick-billed Grasswren D
  Amytornis woodwardi White-throated Grasswren D
  Malurus alboscapulatus White-shouldered Fairywren D
  Malurus cyaneus Superb Fairywren D
  Malurus cyanocephalus Emperor Fairywren D
  Malurus melanocephalus Red-backed Fairywren D
  Malurus pulcherrimus Blue-breasted Fairywren D
  Malurus splendens Splendid Fairywren D
  Acanthorhynchus superciliosus Western Spinebill D
  Anthornis melanura New Zealand Bellbird D
  Certhionyx niger Black Honeyeater D
  Certhionyx pectoralis Banded Honeyeater D
  Conopophila albogularis Rufous-banded Honeyeater D
  Conopophila rufogularis Rufous-throated Honeyeater D
  Conopophila whitei Grey Honeyeater D
  Epthianura albifrons White-fronted Chat D
  Epthianura aurifrons Orange Chat D
  Epthianura tricolor Crimson Chat D
  Lichenostomus cratitius Purple-gaped Honeyeater D
  Lichenostomus fasciogularis Mangrove Honeyeater D
  Lichenostomus flavus Yellow Honeyeater D
  Lichenostomus fuscus Fuscous Honeyeater D
  Lichenostomus keartlandi Grey-headed Honeyeater D
  Lichenostomus ornatus Yellow-plumed Honeyeater D
  Lichmera limbata Indonesian Honeyeater D
  Manorina melanocephala Noisy Miner D
  Meliphaga lewinii Lewin's Honeyeater D
  Melithreptus affinis Black-headed Honeyeater D
  Melithreptus albogularis White-throated Honeyeater D
  Myzomela dammermani Sumba Myzomela D
  Myzomela eques Red-throated Myzomela D
  Myzomela rosenbergii Red-collared Myzomela D
  Philemon brassi Brass's Friarbird D
  Philemon eichhorni New Ireland Friarbird D
  Philemon subcorniculatus Grey-necked Friarbird D
  Phylidonyris nigra White-cheeked Honeyeater D
  Plectorhyncha lanceolata Striped Honeyeater D
  Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae Tui D
  Ramsayornis modestus Brown-backed Honeyeater D
  Acanthiza chrysorrhoa Yellow-rumped Thornbill D
  Acanthiza iredalei Slender-billed Thornbill D
  Acanthiza katherina Mountain Thornbill D
  Acanthiza lineata Striated Thornbill D
  Acanthiza robustirostris Slaty-backed Thornbill D
  Acanthornis magnus Scrubtit D
  Aphelocephala pectoralis Chestnut-breasted Whiteface D
  Gerygone chrysogaster Yellow-bellied Gerygone D
  Gerygone cinerea Mountain Gerygone D
  Gerygone flavolateralis Fan-tailed Gerygone D
  Gerygone levigaster Mangrove Gerygone D
  Gerygone palpebrosa Fairy Gerygone D
  Gerygone ruficollis Brown-breasted Gerygone D
  Pardalotus quadragintus Forty-spotted Pardalote D
  Pardalotus rubricatus Red-browed Pardalote D
  Eopsaltria georgiana White-breasted Robin D
  Microeca hemixantha Golden-bellied Flyrobin D
  Monachella muelleriana Torrent Robin D
  Pachycephalopsis poliosoma White-eyed Robin D
  Petroica macrocephala Tomtit D
  Petroica traversi Chatham Islands Robin D
  Poecilodryas hypoleuca Black-sided Robin D
  Pomatostomus isidorei New Guinea Babbler D
  Pomatostomus temporalis Grey-crowned Babbler D
  Artamus cyanopterus Dusky Woodswallow D
  Artamus fuscus Ashy Woodswallow D
  Artamus mentalis Fiji Woodswallow D
  Artamus personatus Masked Woodswallow D
  Artamus superciliosus White-browed Woodswallow D
  Cinclosoma castaneothorax Chestnut-breasted Quail-thrush D
  Cinclosoma castanotus Chestnut Quail-thrush D
  Cinclosoma punctatum Spotted Quail-thrush D
  Colluricincla boweri Bower's Shrike-thrush D
  Colluricincla umbrina Sooty Shrike-thrush D
  Colluricincla woodwardi Sandstone Shrike-thrush D
  Coracina caledonica Melanesian Cuckooshrike D
  Coracina coerulescens Blackish Cuckooshrike D
  Coracina leucopygia White-rumped Cuckooshrike D
  Corcorax melanorhamphos White-winged Chough D
  Corvus bennetti Little Crow D
  Corvus orru Torresian Crow D
  Cracticus louisiadensis Tagula Butcherbird D
  Cracticus mentalis Black-backed Butcherbird D
  Cracticus nigrogularis Pied Butcherbird D
  Cracticus quoyi Black Butcherbird D
  Dicrurus balicassius Balicassiao D
  Falcunculus frontatus Crested Shrike-tit D
  Lalage atrovirens Black-browed Triller D
  Lalage leucopygialis White-rumped Triller D
  Machaerirhynchus nigripectus Black-breasted Boatbill D
  Mohoua novaeseelandiae Pipipi D
  Monarcha mundus Black-bibbed Monarch D
  Myiagra azureocapilla Blue-crested Flycatcher D
  Myiagra cyanoleuca Satin Flycatcher D
  Myiagra galeata Dark-grey Flycatcher D
  Myiagra inquieta Restless Flycatcher D
  Oriolus sagittatus Olive-backed Oriole D
  Oriolus szalayi Brown Oriole D
  Pachycephala griseiceps Grey-headed Whistler D
  Pachycephala leucogastra White-bellied Whistler D
  Pachycephala lorentzi Lorentz's Whistler D
  Pachycephala rufiventris Rufous Whistler D
  Psophodes nigrogularis Western Whipbird D
  Rhipidura albolimbata Friendly Fantail D
  Rhipidura diluta Brown-capped Fantail D
  Rhipidura kubaryi Pohnpei Fantail D
  Rhipidura perlata Spotted Fantail D
  Rhipidura phasiana Mangrove Fantail D
  Sphecotheres hypoleucus Wetar Figbird D
  Sphecotheres viridis Timor Figbird D
  Strepera fuliginosa Black Currawong D
  Struthidea cinerea Apostlebird D
  Hirundo concolor Dusky Crag-Martin D
  Hirundo fluvicola Streak-throated Swallow D
  Hirundo tahitica Pacific Swallow D
  Petrochelidon rufocollaris Chestnut-collared Swallow D
  Stelgidopteryx ruficollis Southern Rough-winged Swallow D
  Cisticola ayresii Wing-snapping Cisticola D
  Drymocichla incana Red-winged Grey Warbler D
  Zosterops novaeguineae New Guinea White-eye D
  Acrocephalus arundinaceus Great Reed-Warbler D
  Cincloramphus cruralis Brown Songlark D
  Cincloramphus mathewsi Rufous Songlark D
  Locustella pryeri Japanese Swamp Warbler D
  Megalurus albolimbatus Fly River Grassbird D
  Megalurus rufescens Chatham Islands Fernbird D
  Mirafra cantillans Singing Lark D
  Dicaeum sanguinolentum Blood-breasted Flowerpecker D
  Anthus rufulus Paddyfield Pipit D
  Erythrura kleinschmidti Pink-billed Parrotfinch D
  Lonchura flaviprymna Yellow-rumped Munia D
  Lonchura melaena Bismarck Munia D
  Lonchura nigerrima New Hanover Munia D
  Motacilla citreola Citrine Wagtail D
  Motacilla flava Yellow Wagtail D
  Motacilla flaviventris Madagascar Wagtail D
  Neochmia modesta Plum-headed Finch D
  Neochmia phaeton Crimson Finch D
  Neochmia temporalis Red-browed Firetail D
  Ortygospiza locustella Locustfinch D
  Passer ammodendri Saxaul Sparrow D
  Poephila personata Masked Finch D
  Taeniopygia bichenovii Double-barred Finch D
  Taeniopygia guttata Zebra Finch D
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