Birdsville Track

Key species: Grey Falcon, Letter-winged Kite, Inland Dotterel, Flock Bronzewing, Australian Pratincole, Oriental Plover, Thick-billed, Eyrean- and Grey Grasswren, Gibber-, Orange- and Yellow Chat, Banded Whiteface, Cinnamon Quail-thrush.  Along the Birdsville Track from Marree to Birdsville and west to Kooncherie Waterhole and Pandie Burra bore, bird for Eyrean Grasswren (in canegrass dunes), Thick-billed Grasswren (along dry creeklines with shrubby vegetation) and Grey Grasswren (in lignum / canegrass swamps), Gibber-, Orange- and Yellow Chat, Flock Bronzewing (at waterholes, especially at dusk and dawn), Grey Falcon (check communication towers), Letter-winged Kite (check clumps of trees), Inland Dotterel, Banded Whiteface and Cinnamon Quail-thrush.   If open, it is worth taking the Inner Track rather than the main track. Yellow Chat and all sorts of waders can often be found at Pandieburra Bore near Koonchera dune (only during summer).   Mungerrannie Roadhouse, halfway along the track, is a good base to explore the region from.  When vast Lake Eyre irregularly fills, which may only be once per decade, it becomes an oasis in the desert with enormous numbers of breeding Banded Stilts and Australian Pelicans.

Getting There

From SA, access is through Marree. 

GPS Coordinates 28°1.212′S, 138°39.546′E

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Wildlife

Land Birds 160 species
Flock Bronzewing (Phaps histrionica) 952
Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) 201 many small flocks
Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor) 51
Orange Chat (Epthianura aurifrons) 51 many pairs
Black-tailed Nativehen (Tribonyx ventralis) 40
Letter-winged Kite (Elanus scriptus) 31
Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans) 31
Grey Grasswren (Amytornis barbatus) 23 good views of 2 atop a bush
Banded Whiteface (Aphelocephala nigricincta) 16
Black-eared Miner (Manorina melanotis) 15
Cinnamon Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma cinnamomeum) 15
Gibberbird (Ashbyia lovensis) 13
Western Grasswren (Amytornis textilis) 12 multiple views, some at close range
Bluebonnet (Northiella haematogaster) 11
Chestnut-backed Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma castanotum) 10
Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) 10
Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) 10
Eyrean Grasswren (Amytornis goyderi) 9 good views especially of male singing
Australian Pratincole (Stiltia isabella) 9
Inland Dotterel (Peltohyas australis) 8
Yellow Chat (Epthianura crocea) 8
Striated Grasswren (Amytornis striatus) 8 at 2 meters!
Black-breasted Buzzard (Hamirostra melanosternon) 6
Chirruping Wedgebill (Psophodes cristatus) 5
Short-tailed Grasswren (Amytornis merrotsyi) 5 glimpses only :-(
Little Buttonquail (Turnix velox) 5
Thick-billed Grasswren (Amytornis modestus) 5 good, prolonged views
Brolga (Grus rubicunda) 4
Slender-billed Thornbill (Acanthiza iredalei) 4
Redthroat (Pyrrholaemus brunneus) 4
Shy Heathwren (Calamanthus cautus) 4
Grey Falcon (Falco hypoleucos) 4
White-winged Fairywren (Malurus leucopterus) 3
Red-browed Pardalote (Pardalotus rubricatus) 3
Chestnut-breasted Whiteface (Aphelocephala pectoralis) 2
Spotted Nightjar (Eurostopodus argus) 2
Scarlet-chested Parrot (Neophema splendida) 2
Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata) 2
Red-lored Whistler (Pachycephala rufogularis) 2
Australian Crake (Porzana fluminea) 2
White-browed Treecreeper (Climacteris affinis) 2
Black Falcon (Falco subniger) 2
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa) 1
Stubble Quail (Coturnix pectoralis) 1
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) 1
Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) 1
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) 1
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) 1
Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata) 1
Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis) 1
Southern Scrub Robin (Drymodes brunneopygia) 1
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) 1
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus ornatus) 1
Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea) 1
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) 1
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) 1
Baillon's Crake (Porzana pusilla) 1
White-plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus penicillatus) 1
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) 1
Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii) 1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
Little Crow (Corvus bennetti) 1
New Zealand Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) 1
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) 1
White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanoramphos) 1
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) 1
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus) 1
White-backed Swallow (Cheramoeca leucosterna) 1
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) 1
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) 1
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus) 1
Hardhead (Aythya australis) 1
Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae) 1
White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) 1
Pied Honeyeater (Certhionyx variegatus) 1
Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea) 1
Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus) 1
Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis) 1
Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) 1
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) 1
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 1
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocephala leucopsis) 1
Musk Duck (Biziura lobata) 1
Black Honeyeater (Sugomel nigrum) 1
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus) 1
Spotless Crake (Porzana tabuensis) 1
Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala) 1
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) 1
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 1
Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) 1
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea) 1
Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna) 1
Grey-fronted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus plumulus) 1
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 1
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) 1
Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus) 1
Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides) 1
Variegated Fairywren (Malurus lamberti) 1
Red-backed Kingfisher (Todiramphus pyrrhopygius) 1
Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata) 1
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) 1
Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) 1
Crested Bellbird (Oreoica gutturalis) 1
White-fronted Honeyeater (Purnella albifrons) 1
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) 1
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) 1
Rufous Fieldwren (Calamanthus campestris) 1
Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans) 1
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza uropygialis) 1
Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata) 1
Singing Honeyeater (Lichenostomus virescens) 1
Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius) 1
Rufous Songlark (Cincloramphus mathewsi) 1
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera) 1
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) 1
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) 1
Black-faced Woodswallow (Artamus cinereus) 1
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) 1
Brown Songlark (Cincloramphus cruralis) 1
Black-eared Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx osculans) 1
Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus) 1
Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor) 1
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) 1
Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) 1
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) 1
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) 1
New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) 1
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) 1
European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) 1
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes) 1
Gilbert's Whistler (Pachycephala inornata) 1
Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris) 1
Australian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus australis) 1
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) 1
Little Raven (Corvus mellori) 1
Yellow-throated Miner (Manorina flavigula) 1
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis) 1
Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza apicalis) 1
Maned Duck (Chenonetta jubata) 1
Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx basalis) 1
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa) 1
Chestnut-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus ruficeps) 1
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) 1
Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius) 1
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica) 1
Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans) 1
Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) 1
Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus) 1
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) 1
Pallid Cuckoo (Cacomantis pallidus) 1
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) 1
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 1
White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons) 1
Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata) 1
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus) 1
Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto delicatula) 1
Seabirds 4 species
Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) 1
Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) 1
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 1
Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) 1