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This checklist includes all bird species found in Northern Territory - MacDonnell Ranges , based on the best information available at this time. It is based on a wide variety of sources that I collated over many years. I am pleased to offer these checklists as a service to birdwatchers. If you find any error, please do not hesitate to .

The taxonomic order and nomenclature follows Clements, version 2023. If you prefer to view the list based on a different authority, click on one of the list available below. Globally threatened species (status in red) were identified by Birdlife International in Birdlife Data Zone (species).

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Country or region: Northern Territory - MacDonnell Ranges [map]

Number of species: 256
Number of introduced species: 4
Last modified: 2024-01-05
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CASUARIIFORMES: Casuariidae

EmuDromaius novaehollandiae

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anseranatidae

Magpie GooseAnseranas semipalmata

 
ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae

Plumed Whistling-DuckDendrocygna eytoniEndemic (country/region)
Wandering Whistling-DuckDendrocygna arcuata
Freckled DuckStictonetta naevosaEndemic (country/region)
Black SwanCygnus atratusEndemic (country/region)
Australian ShelduckTadorna tadornoidesEndemic (country/region)
Maned DuckChenonetta jubataEndemic (country/region)
Australasian ShovelerSpatula rhynchotis
Pacific Black DuckAnas superciliosa
Gray TealAnas gracilis
Chestnut TealAnas castaneaEndemic (country/region)
Pink-eared DuckMalacorhynchus membranaceusEndemic (country/region)
HardheadAythya australis
Blue-billed DuckOxyura australisEndemic (country/region)
Musk DuckBiziura lobataRare/Accidental

 
GALLIFORMES: Phasianidae

Brown QuailSynoicus ypsilophorus
Stubble QuailCoturnix pectoralisEndemic (country/region)

 
PODICIPEDIFORMES: Podicipedidae

Australasian GrebeTachybaptus novaehollandiae
Hoary-headed GrebePoliocephalus poliocephalusEndemic (country/region)
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus

 
COLUMBIFORMES: Columbidae

Rock PigeonColumba liviaIntroduced species
Spotted DoveSpilopelia chinensisIntroduced species
Common BronzewingPhaps chalcopteraEndemic (country/region)
Flock BronzewingPhaps histrionicaEndemic (country/region)
Crested PigeonOcyphaps lophotesEndemic (country/region)
Spinifex PigeonGeophaps plumifera
Diamond DoveGeopelia cuneataEndemic (country/region)
Peaceful DoveGeopelia placida

 
OTIDIFORMES: Otididae

Australian BustardArdeotis australis

 
CUCULIFORMES: Cuculidae

Pheasant CoucalCentropus phasianinus
Pacific KoelEudynamys orientalis
Channel-billed CuckooScythrops novaehollandiae
Horsfield's Bronze-CuckooChrysococcyx basalis
Black-eared CuckooChrysococcyx osculansEndemic (country/region)
Shining Bronze-CuckooChrysococcyx lucidusRare/Accidental
Pallid CuckooCacomantis pallidus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Podargidae

Tawny FrogmouthPodargus strigoidesEndemic (country/region)

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Caprimulgidae

Spotted NightjarEurostopodus argus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Aegothelidae

Australian Owlet-nightjarAegotheles cristatus

 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES: Apodidae

Pacific SwiftApus pacificus

 
GRUIFORMES: Rallidae

Buff-banded RailGallirallus philippensis
Black-tailed NativehenTribonyx ventralisEndemic (country/region)
Australian CrakePorzana flumineaEndemic (country/region)
Dusky MoorhenGallinula tenebrosa
Eurasian CootFulica atra
Australasian SwamphenPorphyrio melanotus
Baillon's CrakeZapornia pusilla
Spotless CrakeZapornia tabuensis

 
GRUIFORMES: Gruidae

BrolgaAntigone rubicunda

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Burhinidae

Bush Thick-kneeBurhinus grallarius

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Recurvirostridae

Pied StiltHimantopus leucocephalus
Banded StiltCladorhynchus leucocephalusEndemic (country/region)
Red-necked AvocetRecurvirostra novaehollandiaeEndemic (country/region)

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Charadriidae

Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva
Black-fronted DotterelCharadrius melanops
Banded LapwingVanellus tricolorEndemic (country/region)
Masked LapwingVanellus miles
Red-kneed DotterelErythrogonys cinctusEndemic (country/region)
Inland DotterelPeltohyas australisEndemic (country/region)
Oriental PloverAnarhynchus veredus
Siberian Sand-PloverAnarhynchus mongolus
Greater Sand-PloverAnarhynchus leschenaultii
Red-capped PloverAnarhynchus ruficapillus

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Rostratulidae

Australian Painted-SnipeRostratula australisEndemic (country/region)

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae

WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Little CurlewNumenius minutus
Far Eastern CurlewNumenius madagascariensis
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa
Swinhoe's SnipeGallinago megala
Latham's SnipeGallinago hardwickii
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Gray-tailed TattlerTringa brevipes
Marsh SandpiperTringa stagnatilis
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Great KnotCalidris tenuirostris
Red KnotCalidris canutus
RuffCalidris pugnax
Broad-billed SandpiperCalidris falcinellus
Sharp-tailed SandpiperCalidris acuminata
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
Long-toed StintCalidris subminuta
Red-necked StintCalidris ruficollis
SanderlingCalidris alba
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Turnicidae

Little ButtonquailTurnix veloxEndemic (country/region)
Red-chested ButtonquailTurnix pyrrhothoraxEndemic (country/region)

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Glareolidae

Australian PratincoleStiltia isabellaEndemic (country/region)
Oriental PratincoleGlareola maldivarum

 
CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae

Silver GullChroicocephalus novaehollandiae
Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus
Australian TernGelochelidon macrotarsa
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida
White-winged TernChlidonias leucopterus
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii

 
PROCELLARIIFORMES: Oceanitidae

Wilson's Storm-PetrelOceanites oceanicus

 
CICONIIFORMES: Ciconiidae

Black-necked StorkEphippiorhynchus asiaticus

 
SULIFORMES: Anhingidae

Australasian DarterAnhinga novaehollandiae

 
SULIFORMES: Phalacrocoracidae

Little Pied CormorantMicrocarbo melanoleucos
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
Little Black CormorantPhalacrocorax sulcirostris
Pied CormorantPhalacrocorax varius

 
PELECANIFORMES: Pelecanidae

Australian PelicanPelecanus conspicillatus

 
PELECANIFORMES: Ardeidae

Nankeen Night HeronNycticorax caledonicus
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Pied HeronEgretta picata
White-faced HeronEgretta novaehollandiae
Eastern Cattle EgretBubulcus coromandus
Pacific HeronArdea pacifica
Great EgretArdea alba
Plumed EgretArdea plumifera

 
PELECANIFORMES: Threskiornithidae

Glossy IbisPlegadis falcinellus
Australian IbisThreskiornis molucca
Straw-necked IbisThreskiornis spinicollis
Royal SpoonbillPlatalea regia
Yellow-billed SpoonbillPlatalea flavipes

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Pandionidae

OspreyPandion haliaetus

 
ACCIPITRIFORMES: Accipitridae

Black-shouldered KiteElanus axillarisEndemic (country/region)
Letter-winged KiteElanus scriptusEndemic (country/region)
Black-breasted KiteHamirostra melanosternonEndemic (country/region)
Square-tailed KiteLophoictinia isuraEndemic (country/region)
Pacific BazaAviceda subcristata
Little EagleHieraaetus morphnoides
Wedge-tailed EagleAquila audax
Swamp HarrierCircus approximans
Spotted HarrierCircus assimilis
Brown GoshawkAccipiter fasciatus
Collared SparrowhawkAccipiter cirrocephalus
Red GoshawkErythrotriorchis radiatusEndemic (country/region)
Black KiteMilvus migrans
Whistling KiteHaliastur sphenurus

 
STRIGIFORMES: Tytonidae

Australian Masked-OwlTyto novaehollandiae
Barn OwlTyto alba

 
STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae

Southern BoobookNinox boobook

 
CORACIIFORMES: Alcedinidae

Red-backed KingfisherTodiramphus pyrrhopygiusEndemic (country/region)
Sacred KingfisherTodiramphus sanctus

 
CORACIIFORMES: Meropidae

Rainbow Bee-eaterMerops ornatus

 
FALCONIFORMES: Falconidae

Nankeen KestrelFalco cenchroides
Australian HobbyFalco longipennis
Brown FalconFalco berigora
Gray FalconFalco hypoleucosEndemic (country/region)
Black FalconFalco subnigerEndemic (country/region)
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Cacatuidae

Red-tailed Black-CockatooCalyptorhynchus banksiiEndemic (country/region)
CockatielNymphicus hollandicusEndemic (country/region)
GalahEolophus roseicapilla
Pink CockatooCacatua leadbeateri
Little CorellaCacatua sanguinea
Long-billed CorellaCacatua tenuirostrisIntroduced species
Sulphur-crested CockatooCacatua galerita

 
PSITTACIFORMES: Psittaculidae

Princess ParrotPolytelis alexandraeEndemic (country/region)
Night ParrotPezoporus occidentalisEndemic (country/region)
Bourke's ParrotNeophema bourkiiEndemic (country/region)
Scarlet-chested ParrotNeophema splendidaEndemic (country/region)
Australian RingneckBarnardius zonariusEndemic (country/region)
Mulga ParrotPsephotellus variusEndemic (country/region)
BudgerigarMelopsittacus undulatusEndemic (country/region)
Varied LorikeetPsitteuteles versicolorEndemic (country/region)
Coconut LorikeetTrichoglossus haematodus
Rainbow LorikeetTrichoglossus moluccanus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Ptilonorhynchidae

Western BowerbirdChlamydera guttataEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Climacteridae

White-browed TreecreeperClimacteris affinisEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Maluridae

Rufous GrasswrenAmytornis whitei
Striated GrasswrenAmytornis striatus
Short-tailed GrasswrenAmytornis merrotsyi
Dusky GrasswrenAmytornis purnelliEndemic (country/region)
Rufous-crowned EmuwrenStipiturus ruficepsEndemic (country/region)
Purple-backed FairywrenMalurus assimilis
Splendid FairywrenMalurus splendens
White-winged FairywrenMalurus leucopterus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Meliphagidae

Pied HoneyeaterCerthionyx variegatusEndemic (country/region)
White-fronted HoneyeaterPurnella albifronsEndemic (country/region)
Yellow-throated MinerManorina flavigulaEndemic (country/region)
Spiny-cheeked HoneyeaterAcanthagenys rufogularisEndemic (country/region)
Singing HoneyeaterGavicalis virescens
White-plumed HoneyeaterPtilotula penicillataEndemic (country/region)
Gray-headed HoneyeaterPtilotula keartlandiEndemic (country/region)
Gray-fronted HoneyeaterPtilotula plumulaEndemic (country/region)
Rufous-throated HoneyeaterConopophila rufogularisEndemic (country/region)
Gray HoneyeaterConopophila whiteiEndemic (country/region)
Yellow ChatEpthianura croceaEndemic (country/region)
Crimson ChatEpthianura tricolorEndemic (country/region)
Orange ChatEpthianura aurifronsEndemic (country/region)
Black HoneyeaterSugomel nigrumEndemic (country/region)
Brown HoneyeaterLichmera indistincta
Black-chinned HoneyeaterMelithreptus gularis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pardalotidae

Red-browed PardalotePardalotus rubricatusEndemic (country/region)
Striated PardalotePardalotus striatus

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acanthizidae

RedthroatPyrrholaemus brunneusEndemic (country/region)
WeebillSmicrornis brevirostrisEndemic (country/region)
Southern WhitefaceAphelocephala leucopsisEndemic (country/region)
Banded WhitefaceAphelocephala nigricinctaEndemic (country/region)
Yellow-rumped ThornbillAcanthiza chrysorrhoaEndemic (country/region)
Inland ThornbillAcanthiza apicalisEndemic (country/region)
Slaty-backed ThornbillAcanthiza robustirostrisEndemic (country/region)
Chestnut-rumped ThornbillAcanthiza uropygialisEndemic (country/region)
Western GerygoneGerygone fuscaEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pomatostomidae

Gray-crowned BabblerPomatostomus temporalis
White-browed BabblerPomatostomus superciliosusEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cinclosomatidae

Copperback Quail-thrushCinclosoma clarum
Cinnamon Quail-thrushCinclosoma cinnamomeumEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Campephagidae

Ground CuckooshrikeCoracina maximaEndemic (country/region)
Black-faced CuckooshrikeCoracina novaehollandiae
White-winged TrillerLalage tricolor

 
PASSERIFORMES: Neosittidae

Varied SittellaDaphoenositta chrysopteraEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Psophodidae

Chiming WedgebillPsophodes occidentalisEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Oreoicidae

Crested BellbirdOreoica gutturalisEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Pachycephalidae

Gray ShrikethrushColluricincla harmonica
Rufous WhistlerPachycephala rufiventris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Artamidae

White-breasted WoodswallowArtamus leucorynchus
Masked WoodswallowArtamus personatusEndemic (country/region)
White-browed WoodswallowArtamus superciliosusEndemic (country/region)
Black-faced WoodswallowArtamus cinereus
Little WoodswallowArtamus minorEndemic (country/region)
Gray ButcherbirdCracticus torquatusEndemic (country/region)
Pied ButcherbirdCracticus nigrogularis
Australian MagpieGymnorhina tibicen

 
PASSERIFORMES: Rhipiduridae

Willie-wagtailRhipidura leucophrys
Gray FantailRhipidura albiscapa

 
PASSERIFORMES: Monarchidae

Magpie-larkGrallina cyanoleuca

 
PASSERIFORMES: Corvidae

Torresian CrowCorvus orru
Little CrowCorvus bennettiEndemic (country/region)
Australian RavenCorvus coronoidesEndemic (country/region)

 
PASSERIFORMES: Petroicidae

Red-capped RobinPetroica goodenoviiEndemic (country/region)
Jacky-winterMicroeca fascinans
Hooded RobinMelanodryas cucullata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Alaudidae

Singing BushlarkMirafra javanica

 
PASSERIFORMES: Cisticolidae

Golden-headed CisticolaCisticola exilis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Acrocephalidae

Australian Reed WarblerAcrocephalus australis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Locustellidae

SpinifexbirdPoodytes carteriEndemic (country/region)
Little GrassbirdPoodytes gramineus
Brown SonglarkCincloramphus cruralisEndemic (country/region)
Rufous SonglarkCincloramphus mathewsiEndemic (country/region)
Tawny GrassbirdCincloramphus timoriensis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Hirundinidae

White-backed SwallowCheramoeca leucosternaEndemic (country/region)
Welcome SwallowHirundo neoxena
Fairy MartinPetrochelidon arielEndemic (country/region)
Tree MartinPetrochelidon nigricans

 
PASSERIFORMES: Zosteropidae

SilvereyeZosterops lateralis

 
PASSERIFORMES: Sturnidae

European StarlingSturnus vulgaris

 
PASSERIFORMES: Dicaeidae

MistletoebirdDicaeum hirundinaceum

 
PASSERIFORMES: Estrildidae

Painted FiretailEmblema pictumEndemic (country/region)
Double-barred FinchStizoptera bichenoviiEndemic (country/region)
Zebra FinchTaeniopygia guttata

 
PASSERIFORMES: Passeridae

House SparrowPasser domesticusIntroduced species

 
PASSERIFORMES: Motacillidae

Forest WagtailDendronanthus indicusRare/Accidental
Gray WagtailMotacilla cinereaRare/Accidental
Eastern Yellow WagtailMotacilla tschutschensisRare/Accidental
Australian PipitAnthus australis

 

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