Gluepot Nature Reserve

Key species: Malleefowl, Brown Goshawk, Collared Sparrowhawk, Brown Falcon, Black Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Australian Hobby, Little Button-quail, Red-chested Button-quail, Painted Button-quail, Australian Pratincole, Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo, Cockatiel, Musk Lorikeet, Purple-crowned Lorikeet, Regent Parrot, Australian (Mallee) Ringneck, Blue Bonnet, Mulga Parrot, Budgerigar, Elegant Parrot, Scarlet-chested Parrot, Pallid Cuckoo, Black-eared Cuckoo, Horsfield‟s Bronze-cuckoo, Tawny Frogmouth, Australian Owlet-Nightjar, Spotted Nightjar, Red-backed Kingfisher, White-browed Treecreeper, Splendid Fairy-wren, Variegated Fairy-wren, Striated Grasswren, Shy Heathwren, Redthroat, Inland, Chestnut-rumped and Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Striped, White-eared, Yellow-plumed, Brown-headed, White-fronted, Black and Pied Honeyeater, Black-eared Miner, White-fronted, Crimson and Orange Chat, Jacky Winter, Red-capped and Hooded Robin, Southern Scrub- robin, White-browed and Chestnut-crowned Babbler, Chestnut Quail-thrush, Varied Sittella, Crested Bellbird, Red-lored, Gilbert’s, Golden and Rufous Whistler, Grey Shrike-thrush, Restless Flycatcher, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, White-breasted, Masked, White-browed, Black-faced and Dusky Woodswallow, Grey and Pied Butcherbird, White-winged Chough, Apostlebird and more. Birds Australia's Gluepot Reserve is arguably the best area for mallee birding in Australia and warrants a few days exploring. During the Birds Australia Atlas Project, Gluepot had the highest density of atlas forms submitted for the country. The combination of high visitation by birdwatchers and scientific research means an extensive (and still growing) birdlist exists with a number of rarities. Most of the species listed above can be expected to be found if you are prepared to spend a few full-on days birding, particularly during spring – early summer. The rarities listed have been recorded more than once and could with a bit of luck turn up again. There is a whiteboard in the visitors centre that lists recent sightings. Maps of tracks, campsites and locations of bird hides and other sites of interest listed in this section are available from the visitors centre

Getting There

Gluepot is 64 km or about an hour's drive north of Waikerie, of which the last 50 km over well-maintained dirt tracks. Cross the Murray River by ferry. At the T-junction turn left towards Morgan. After a few km‟s turn right onto an unsealed road. There is an inconspicuous brown sign here pointing to Gluepot. From here it‟s signposted for some 50 km over unsealed roads. Once arrived at Gluepot you need to register in the visitor centre and a small entry fee is payable to non-Birds Australia members. There are campsites, an information centre with information on latest sightings, and (volunteer) rangers.[Text from "A Birdwatching Guide to South Australia, Peter Waanders $7.70 from]

GPS Coordinates 33°45.804′S, 140°7.476′E


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Land Birds 47 species
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus ornatus) 60
Black-eared Miner (Manorina melanotis) 54 in flock of 10 also containing hybrids; with recently fledged young
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris) 24
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis) 22
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus) 21
Chestnut-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus ruficeps) 21
White-fronted Honeyeater (Purnella albifrons) 20
Striated Grasswren (Amytornis striatus) 14
White-eared Honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucotis) 12
Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii) 10
Chestnut-backed Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma castanotum) 9
Southern Scrub Robin (Drymodes brunneopygia) 8
Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus) 8
Varied Sittella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera) 8
Variegated Fairywren (Malurus lamberti) 8
Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) 6
Striped Honeyeater (Plectorhyncha lanceolata) 6
White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanoramphos) 6
Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata) 6
Red-lored Whistler (Pachycephala rufogularis) 6
Shy Heathwren (Calamanthus cautus) 6
Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius) 6
White-browed Treecreeper (Climacteris affinis) 4
Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius) 4
Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus) 4
Crested Bellbird (Oreoica gutturalis) 2
Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans) 2
Gilbert's Whistler (Pachycephala inornata) 2
Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera) 1
Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) 1
Collared Sparrowhawk (Accipiter cirrocephalus) 1
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) 1
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa) 1
Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides) 1
Weebill (Smicrornis brevirostris) 1
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) 1
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) 1
Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor) 1
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) 1 heard
Australian Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus) 1 2 heard
Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) 1 active mound only
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza uropygialis) 0
Masked Woodswallow (Artamus personatus) 0 big flocks
Southern Whiteface (Aphelocephala leucopsis) 0
Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata) 0
White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons) 0
White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus) 0 big flocks