Birds of the Gardens

Come for the flowers, stay for the birds!  The Cairns Botanic Gardens is known for its gorgeous plants, but beautiful birds also abound here.

The Garden’s cast of feathered characters changes with the seasons, and you can make bird watching a repeat activity throughout the year to enjoy them all.

Please do NOT feed the birds.

View the list below or download a list of common birds ( PDF, 0.02 MB ) you might spot in the Gardens.

  1. Australian Brush-turkey - Alectura lathami Australian brush turkey
  2. Orange-footed Scrubfowl - Megapodius reinwardt
  3. Emerald Dove - Chalcophaps indica
  4. Wompoo Fruit-Dove - Ptilinopus magnificus
  5. Superb Fruit-Dove - Ptilinopus superbus
  6. Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove - Ptilinopus regina
  7. Pied Imperial-Pigeon - Ducula bicolor
  8. Pacific Baza - Aviceda subcristata
  9. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo - Cacatua galerita
  10. Rainbow Lorikeet - Trichoglossus haematodus
  11. Scaly-breasted Lorikeet - Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus
  12. Double-eyed Fig-Parrot - Cyclopsitta diophthalmaRainbow lorikeet
  13. Pheasant Coucal - Centropus phasianinus
  14. Channel-billed Cuckoo.(Summer migrant) - Scythrops novaehollandiae
  15. Little Bronze-Cuckoo - Chrysococcyx minutillus
  16. Brush Cuckoo - Cacomantis variolosus
  17. Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher.(Summer migrant) - Tanysiptera sylvia
  18. Laughing Kookaburra - Dacelo novaeguineae
  19. Rainbow Bee-eater - Merops ornatus
  20. Noisy Pitta - Pitta versicolor
  21. Red-backed Fairy-wren - Malurus melanocephalus
  22. Lovely Fairy-wren - Malurus amabilisPacific Baza
  23. Large-billed Scrubwren - Sericornis magnirostra
  24. Fairy Gerygone - Gerygone palpebrosa
  25. Yellow-spotted Honeyeater - Meliphaga notata
  26. Graceful Honeyeater - Meliphaga gracilis
  27. Dusky Honeyeater - Myzomela obscura
  28. Helmeted Friarbird - Philemon buceroides
  29. Macleay's Honeyeater - Xanthotis macleayanus
  30. White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike - Coracina papuensis  
  31. Barred Cuckoo-shrike - Coracina lineata
  32. Cicadabird - Coracina tenuirostris
  33. Varied Triller - Lalage leucomela
  34. Grey Whistler - Pachycephala simplex
  35. Australasian Figbird - Sphecotheres vieilloti
  36. Yellow Oriole - Oriolus flavocinctus (AKA Green Oriole)Lovely fairy-wren
  37. Black Butcherbird - Cracticus quoyi
  38. Spangled Drongo - Dicrurus bracteatus
  39. Rufous Fantail - Rhipidura rufifrons
  40. Northern Fantail - Rhipidura rufiventris
  41. Leaden Flycatcher - Myiagra rubecula
  42. Spectacled Monarch - Monarcha trivirgatus
  43. Pied Monarch - Arses kaupi
  44. Yellow-breasted Boatbill - Machaerirhynchus flaviventer
  45. Pale-yellow Robin - Tregellasia capito
  46. Metallic Starling - Aplonis metallica
  47. Mistletoebird - Dicaeum hirundinaceum
  48. Olive-backed Sunbird - Cinnyris jugularis (AKA Yellow-bellied Sunbird)Yellow oriole
  49. Red-browed Finch - Neochmia temporalis
  50. Chestnut-breasted Mannikin - Lonchura castaneothorax
Last updated: 24 April 2018