Western Australian Endemic Bird Species


Short-billed Black-Cockatoo (photographs)

Calyptorhynchus latirostris

Common in many places in the south west.  Seen at Kings Park, Perry Lakes, Wungong Gorge / Bungendore State Forest, Stirling Ranges (breeding in wandoo), Waychinicup, Albany, Lake Muir.


Long-billed Black-Cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus baudinii

Usually harder to find than Short-billed.  The best place is Wungong Gorge.  Seen at Waychinicup, Albany and north of Lake Muir.  The bill is distinctly longer and the call is very similar but distinctly different than the Short-billed Black-Cockatoo.


Western Corella

Cacatua pastinator

There are two races.  The southern race is fairly easily found along the Muirs Highway between Rocky Gully and Manjimup, especially in the vicinity of Lake Muir.  The wheatbelt race can be found along the Avon River between Northam and Toodyay in a mixed flock with Little Corella.  They can also be found north of Perth at least to Dongara.  The bill is distinctly longer and there is more red on the face and throat.


Western Rosella (photographs)

Platycercus icterotis

Widespread in forests in the south west.  Very easily found at Wungong Gorge, Ludlow State Forest, Porongorups, Albany, Manjimup, Pemberton, etc.  Seen at Wave Rock near Hyden.


Red-capped Parrot (photograph)

Purpureicephalus spurius

Widespread in forests in the south west.  Very easily found at Bungendore State Forest, Yanchep, Thomsons Lake, Ludlow State Forest, etc.  Usually seen at Waychinicup, Two People's Bay, Augusta, etc.  Seen in Applecross.


Noisy Scrub-bird (photograph)

Atrichornis clamosus

Common at Two People's Bay and Waychinicup, but very difficult to see in dense habitat, even though it can be close enough for its call to be painful to the ears.  Thought to be extinct until rediscovered in 1961.  It prefers very dense gullies.


Red-winged Fairy-wren

Malurus elegans

Common in suitable (generally wetter) habitat in the south west.  Common at Albany, Waychinicup (car park), Manjimup and Pemberton.  Fairly common at Wungong Gorge, Two People's Bay, Augusta, etc.  Seen at Piesse Brook near Kalamunda.  Look for black bill and darker wings.


Black Grasswren

Amytornis barbatus

Seen at the Sale River.  Reported to be common at Surveyors Pool on the Mitchell Plateau.  Reported at Drysdale River Station.  Possibly on Mount Hart Station?  It should occur near the Kimberley Coastal Camp.


Western Bristlebird

Dasyornis longirostris

Easily heard in very low heath at Waychinicup, Two People's Bay and the Fitzgerald River.  Often crosses the road to the traffic island at the Little Beach car park at Two People's Bay.  Very distinctive call.


Dusky Gerygone

Gerygone tenebrosa

Common in mangroves from Denham, Carnarvon, Port Hedland, Broome to Derby.  Easy to attract by pishing.  Distinguish from Mangrove Gerygone by location, pale eye colour, pale eye brow and call.



Western Thornbill

Acanthiza inornata

Common particularly in jarrah / marri woodland such as Bungendore State Forest, Flynn Road and along the Muirs Highway.  Also common at Dryandra State Forest, Stirling Ranges.  They nearly always occur in small (up to eight) loose groups.  Not hard to identify, but check for Weebill.  Distinguish by bill and call.


Western Spinebill (photograph)

Acanthorhynchus superciliosus

Common in heath from Kalbarri to Fitzgerald River.  Common in dryandra and banksia at Dryandra State Forest, Stirling Ranges, Waychinicup, Albany.  Easily found in Perth at Bungendore State Forest and fairly common in Kings Park and Bold Park.  Easy to attract by pishing or rubbing polystyrene on glass.


White-breasted Robin

Eopsaltria georgiana

Very common in karri forest in the south west. e.g. Porongorups, One Tree Bridge near Manjimup.  Common at Albany, Waychinicup.  Best site near Perth is Wungong Gorge.  Seen at Gleneagles, Nanga Mill.  Responds well to pishing and piping whistles.


Red-eared Firetail (photograph)

Stagnopleura oculata

The best site is the information centre at the Cape Naturaliste lighthouse where there come in to the bird bath.  Other good sites are Wungong Gorge, Bickley Brook, Little Beach car park at Two People's Bay near Albany, Albany port, Woody Island and Lake Monjingup at Esperance.  Also seen at Porongorups, southern shore of Oyster Harbour near Albany and Nanga Mill camp along the Murray River.  Most easily located by its call. Responds to an imitation of its call, but often does not approach.


Also see Allan Burbidge's information on WA Endemics.

Copyright Frank O'Connor 1997-2003 Visits Last Modified 19th June 2003