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Confirmed sightings of 105 different bird species have been made in The Pinnacle Nature Reserve, an amazing 40% of all bird species that have been observed in the ACT. These include 4 species listed as vulnerable in the ACT, and a number of others whose populations are declining and of concern.

This web page contains a list of these birds together with, where possible, links to images bird, calls calls and information info about them. Because many of the links point to external websites, please report broken links to the webmaster.

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Bird Groups (alphabetical)

Water Birds
Ducks and Swans Grebes, Darters and Cormorants Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills and Storks
Other Birds
Babblers, Sittella,Whistlers and Flycatchers Bowerbird, Ravens, Chough and Apostlebird Cockatoos
Cuckoos Cuckoo-shrikes and Oriole Fairy Wren
Finches Honeyeaters Kookaburra, Kingfishers, Bee-eater and Dollarbird
Nocturnal Birds Old World Warblers Parrots
Pigeons and Doves Quail Raptors
Robins Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes & allied birds Silvereye
Swallows and Martins Thrushes and Starlings Treecreepers
Woodswallows, Butcherbirds, Currawongs and Magpie    

 

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Quail    

Brown Quail

Very occasional visitor. Usually flushed from deep grass.

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Ducks and Swans birds    

Australian Wood Duck

Common visitor year-round. Often nests in tree hollows near the dam.

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Pacific Black Duck

Common visitor. Usually seen on the dam.

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Grebes, Darters and Cormorants birds    

Australasian Grebe

Occasional visitor to the dam.

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Pelican, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills & Storks birds    

White-faced Heron

Occasionally overflying, or near the dam.

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Nankeen Night-Heron

Rare visitor

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Straw-necked Ibis

Occasionally overflying.

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Raptors birds    

Black-shouldered Kite

Occasional visitor. Has nested in the reserve in the past.

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Whistling Kite

Very occasional visitor.

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Brown Goshawk

Regular visitor, breeds in the vicinity.

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Collared Sparrowhawk

Frequent visitor.

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Wedge-tailed Eagle

Often visible cruising overhead, over the Molonglo valley or perched along the SW border.

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Little Eagle

Occasional visitor. Listed as vulnerable in the ACT.

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Nankeen Kestrel

Frequent visitor. Perhaps resident in farmland SW of the reserve.

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Australian Hobby

Occasional visitor.

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Peregrine Falcon

Occasional visitor.

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Pigeons and Doves birds    

Common Bronzewing

Resident (breeding) in limited numbers throughout the Pinnacle reserve.

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Crested Pigeon

Very common resident. Mostly close to the suburbs.

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Cockatoos birds    

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

Occasional visitor.

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Gang-gang Cockatoo

Occasional visitor.

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Galah

Very common resident (breeding).

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Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Very common resident (breeding).

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Parrots birds    

Rainbow Lorikeet

Common resident (breeding), mostly towards the Hawker end of the reserve.

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Purple-crowned Lorikeet

Very occasional visitor

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Australian King-Parrot

Occasional visitor from the suburbs.

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Superb Parrot

Migratory visitor. May be seen flying over the reserve in Summer. Listed as vulnerable in the ACT.

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Crimson Rosella

Very common resident (breeding).

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Eastern Rosella

Very common resident (breeding).

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Red-rumped Parrot

Common resident.

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Cuckoos birds    

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo

Regular spring/summer visitor (breeding). Usually seen in woodland/forest areas.

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Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Occasional spring/summer visitor. Usually seen in woodland/forest areas.

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Pallid Cuckoo

Regular spring/summer visitor. Usually seen perched in open woodland.

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Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Occasional spring/summer visitor.

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Eastern Koel

Regular spring/summer visitor.

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Nocturnal Birds birds    

Tawny Frogmouth

Several resident (breeding) pairs. Nocturnal.

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Australian Owlet-nightjar

Resident but rarely seen. Nocturnal, prefers woodland/forest.

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Southern Boobook

Occasional nocturnal visitor.

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Kookaburra, Kingfishers, Bee-eater & Dollardbird birds    

Laughing Kookaburra

Common resident (breeding).

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Sacred Kingfisher

Regular visitor in spring.

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Dollarbird

Regular visitor in spring/summer.

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Treecreepers birds    

White-throated Treecreeper

Common resident (breeding) in woodland/forest areas.

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Fairy-wren

Superb Fairy-wren

Common resident (breeding) found in dense shrubs throughout the reserve.

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Scrubwrens, Gerygones, Thornbills, Pardalotes & allied birds birds    

Speckled Warbler

Uncommon resident (breeding). Listed by COG as declining in the ACT.

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Weebill

Common resident (breeding).

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Western Gerygone

Very occasional visitor.

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White-throated Gerygone

Regular visitor in spring/summer.

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Striated Thornbill

Common resident (breeding). Mostly found in woodland/forest areas.

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Yellow Thornbill

Uncommon resident (breeding). Found in woodland with acacia groves.

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Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Very common resident (breeding). Prefers open woodland and grassy areas.

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Buff-rumped Thornbill

Very common resident (breeding). Prefers woodland areas.

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Brown Thornbill

Common resident (breeding). Usually found in dense shrubs/woodland.

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Southern Whiteface

Uncommon resident. Likes grassland and open woodland. Listed by COG as a bird of concern in the ACT.

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Spotted Pardalote

Very common visitor almost all year round.

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Striated Pardalote

Common resident (breeding); also some migratory movement through the reserve.

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Honeyeaters birds    

Eastern Spinebill

Common resident/visitor. Usually found in or near suburban gardens.

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Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Migratory visitor. Large numbers sometimes visible during spring and autumn migration.

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White-eared Honeyeater

Regular seasonal visitor between autumn and spring. Found in woodland areas.

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Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

Very occasional migratory visitor in spring or autumn.

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Fuscous Honeyeater

Regular seasonal visitor between autumn and spring. Some also resident.

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White-plumed Honeyeater

Resident in low numbers.

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Noisy Miner

Small resident (breeding) population near the dam.

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Red Wattlebird

Very common resident (breeding) found throughout the reserve.

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Brown-headed Honeyeater

Resident (breeding) in small numbers. Migrating birds also visit.

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White-naped Honeyeater

Migratory visitor. Usually seen during spring and autumn migration.

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Noisy Friarbird

Spring/summer visitor (breeding).

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Robins birds    

Scarlet Robin

Frequent winter visitor to woodland areas. Occasionally stays to nest. Declared a vulnerable species in the ACT in May 2015.

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Red-capped Robin

Very occasional visitor.

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Flame Robin

Occasional winter visitor to grassland areas along the SW edge of the reserve.

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Rose Robin

Occasional winter visitor in woodland areas.

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Eastern Yellow Robin

Very occasional visitor.

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Babblers, Sittella, Whistlers and Flycatchers birds    

Varied Sittella

Uncommon resident (breeding). Listed as vulnerable in the ACT.

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Golden Whistler

Common visitor from autumn through to spring.

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Rufous Whistler

Summer migrant (breeding). Loud, musical call often heard in spring.

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Grey Shrike-thrush

Uncommon resident.

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Grey Fantail

Common visitor (breeding) in spring through to autumn, mostly in woodland/forest areas.

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Willie Wagtail

Very common resident (breeding).

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Leaden Flycatcher

Regular visitor (breeding) in spring/summer. Small numbers nest regularly in the reserve.

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Satin Flycatcher

Very occasional visitor in spring or autumn.

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Restless Flycatcher

Very occasional visitor in spring or autumn.

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Magpie-lark

Common resident (breeding).

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Cuckoo-shrikes & Oriole birds    

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Regular visitor (breeding) in spring/summer.

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White-winged Triller

Regular visitor (breeding) in spring/summer. Generally seen in woodland/forest. Listed as vulnerable in the ACT.

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Olive-backed Oriole

Occasional visitor, generally seen passing through in spring and autumn.

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Woodswallows, Butcherbirds, Currawongs & Magpie birds    

Masked Woodswallow

Very occasional visitor.

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White-browed Woodswallow

Very occasional visitor.

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Dusky Woodswallow

Common visitor (breeding) in spring/summer. Nests in dense woodland areas.

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Grey Butcherbird

Occasional visitor in spring/summer.

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Australian Magpie

Very common resident (breeding).

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Pied Currawong

Very common resident (breeding).

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Grey Currawong

Uncommon resident (breeding).

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Bowerbird, Ravens, Chough & Apostlebird birds    

Satin Bowerbird

Occasional visitor from the suburbs.

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Australian Raven

Common resident (breeding).

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Little Raven

Very occasional visitor

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White-winged Chough

Several groups resident (breeding) in the Pinnacle reserve.

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Finches birds    

Double-barred Finch

Very occasional visitor to grassy areas. (Formerly resident.)

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Red-browed Finch

Occasional visitor to grassy areas in spring and autumn.

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Diamond Firetail

Occasional visitor to grassy areas. Listed by COG as declining in the ACT.

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House Sparrow (introduced)

Common resident found in areas near the suburbs.

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European Goldfinch (introduced)

Occasional visitor to grassy areas in spring and autumn.

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Swallows and Martins birds    

Welcome Swallow

Common spring/summer visitor.

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Tree Martin

Occasional spring/summer visitor.

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Old World Warblers birds    

Rufous Songlark

Occasional summer visitor in woodland areas.

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Silvereye

Silvereye

Common resident found in areas near the suburbs.

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Thrushes and Starlings birds    

Common Blackbird (introduced)

Occasional visitorĀ  - resident in houses adjacent to the reserve.

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Common Starling (introduced)

Very common resident (breeding).

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Common (Indian) Myna (introduced)

Common resident (breeding).

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Using this page

This page can be considered a local Pinnacle portal to information on the website of the Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG). The birds are grouped and ordered according to the scheme used by COG, and wherever possible links are made to their extensive web pages.

If you are looking for a particular bird by name, you can either search for it on this page using your web browser's "find in page" tool. If you are looking for a type of bird, it is probably easier to browse for it by first going to the list of bird groups in alphabetical order; this will narrow down your search. When you click on the group that you think your bird belongs to, you will be taken to the complete listing on the COG site.

The list includes links to locally taken images on the COG website, both for groups of birds and individual species, and to information pages on the COG website for each species where they are available. The list also includes links to bird calls for most birds, either to the COG website, or when they are not available there to other recordings. These recordings were largely sourced from COG, and were supplemented when possible by recordings downloaded from the world wide web.

 

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Acknowledgements

Thanks to our Pinnacle bird watchers, notably Barbara and John, for compiling this list and keeping it up to date.

We are grateful to the Canberra Ornithologists Group for making available on their website the excellent image galleries, information pages and bird calls for most bird species.

Thanks also to the sources of the other bird calls used on this site, the origins of which are often uncertain.

 

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