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Interesting and unusual bird observations
Birdline Northern Territory

Birdline NT 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.

Birdline Northern Territory is supported by Birdlife Australia and moderated by Christopher Watson, Mick Jerram and Tim Dolby. Register for weekly email notifications.

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Recent Sightings


Reports published in the past 30 hours.

February 2015
Sun 22highlightRed-rumped Swallow
Leanyer Ponds
One red-rumped swallow was foraging over the northern edge of the ponds, in association with tree martins at 3.30pm. Present for 10 min. Obvious tail streamers, orange rump, finely streaked underparts and orange ear/neck. eBird checklist
Chris Wiley 22/2 #222321
Thu 12megamegaNight Parrot (possible)
Kiama Creek, NT
"Driving West on the Barkly Highway near Kiama Creek, at approximately 07.00 hrs N.T. time with sun rising behind me, I saw, what at first I identified as a Ground Parrot scuttle out of thick 30cm high growth on the edge of the bitumen, stopping 40 cm onto bitumen. I was able to swerve onto centre of road avoiding the parrot. It is only now as I log my sighting that I realise that there is every chance that I saw a Night Parrot Pezoporus Occidentalis. Sighting was perfectly clear, brightly lit by full morning light." [moderator's note: this is published here as a possible sighting in the hope that other birders travelling in the area may be able to spend some time in the area looking and listening. CW]
Stephen McKenna per Chris Watson 13/2 #222218
Wed 11megamegaBlack-headed Gull
Nhulunbuy Spit at refinery
At low tide this morning (11 Feb 2015), I had very good views of the Black-headed Gull at the spit amongst Silver Gulls, Crested & Lesser Crested Terns, Black-naped Terns, Common & Little Terns. I first spotted the Gull, at low tide, late afternoon on 9 Feb 2015 with only a very brief look at the spit before it flew up onto the Refinery's Export Conveyor in the distance. The photo's taken were with my iPhone manually held onto my spotting scope. I have a lot more photos if you require more. eBird checklist
Karen Rose 11/2 #222196
Outside normal range
Early arrival; late departure
Interesting behaviour
Hard to see
Unusual habitat
Uncommon in area
Unusual numbers
Rare vagrant
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