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Birdline Australian Capital Territory

Birdline ACT is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage. Observations interesting to you can also be reported, but please provide justification. If you have any questions, please contact the moderators. Good birding and thanks for contributing to Birdline ACT! You can follow Birdline ACT on the web, RSS and Twitter. We encourage you to register and enter full lists of the species you see at

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Moderators' Note

Silver Gull Project Mark Carey is researching the seasonal movements and urbanisation of Silver Gulls in south-eastern Australia. He has a number of colour-banded Silver Gulls around Lake Burley Griffin. Please report all sightings of gulls with alphanumeric bands to or Twitter @silvergullproj

Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

April 2015
Thu 30highlightBlue-faced Honeyeater
Richardson Primary School
First alerted by call. With noisy miners in top of tall pines in carpark of primary school. Larger than miners. Pale undersides, grey-green upper. Underside of tail dark. Black bib, white line from base of beak to lower neck/shoulder. Observed for a couple of minutes, preening itself and calling most of the time, before it flew off in an easterly direction, showing dark underside on forward portion of wings, pale patches behind. I did not get a clear view of blue face as I did not have binos.
Ben Walmsley 30/4 #223118
Mon 27Bassian Thrush
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Two together along the path on the north side of the Sydney Gully eBird checklist
Steve Holliday 27/4 #223088
Swift Parrot
Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve--Foveaux St Entrance
Five parrots present between 6:30 and 7:10am, feeding in various flowering eucs in the area. Reported previously by Steve Holliday. eBird checklist
Christine D 27/4 #223080
Wed 22highlightSwift Parrot
Duffy St, Ainslie
4 Swift Parrots flew out of a Yellow Box in a neighbour's garden this morning, with Pied Currawongs chasing them. Headed south. They were calling constantly - I could hear them from inside our house before I saw them. The second record for our garden - the other was in May 2002!
Steve Holliday 22/4 #223042
Sun 19Double-barred Finch
Federal Highway near Majura Rd Exit
Sighted flock of around 20 Double-barred Finches and similar number of Red-browed Finches
Ted Simes 19/4 #223017
Tue 14Rose Robin
Australian National Botanic Gardens
One male Rose Robin top of rainforest gully, another in the Sydney gully.
Sandra Henderson 15/4 #222964
Mon 6highlightRegent Honeyeater
Mount Rogers Reserve
Seen around the lower water tanks at around 8.30 with Wattlebirds for about 30 seconds as it fed in a gum tree. Notes at the time were "Dark head with obvious dark pink/red eyering facila skin; scalloped white on breast with dark/black background; yellowish white underparts"". Moved on with the Wattlebirds in a northerly direction
Peter Christian 9/4 #222894
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Interesting to you as observer (must be justified)
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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