Report a bird sighting

Birds Queensland encourages birders to submit their bird lists to eBird and report unusual and interesting observations to Eremaea Birdline.

However, we welcome any sightings which are unusual in terms of location, activity or appearance for birds seen in Queensland, adjacent waters and areas extending up to 100km into adjoining states and territory. Even escapees can be reported to alert us in case they may become established in the future.

Data submitted will be assessed by our sightings officer for inclusion in records of sightings, referred on as appropriate, and may be reported in the Newsletter.

Please provide as much information as possible on the form below, particularly regarding location and a phone and/or email address so we can contact you if any clarification is necessary. Please state in the Remarks section if the sighting or observation has also been submitted to eBird or Eremaea Birdlines. Alternatively, details can be including all information included on the web based form.

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Rare Birds

In the case of the species listed below you should also prepare a Rare Birds Report and with a .

You can download a report form here: Download in printable PDF format (pdf file, 30KB) OR Download in MS Word format for editing. (Word file, 30kb). It may also be appropriate to fill out a report for sightings of species significantly outside their normal range. The form may be .

Please Note: The sections 'Description of Bird' and 'How is it distinguished from other species?' in the report form must be answered fully. A PHOTO ALONE IS NOT SUFFICIENT.

Species to be referred to Rarities Committees

Reports should be submitted for any of the following species, and if the species is of National significance the report will be referred on to BARC.

Common name

Scientific name

Spotted Whistling DuckDendrocygna guttata
GarganeySpatula querquedula
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
Little PenguinEudyptula minor
White-bellied Storm PetrelFregetta grallaria
Polynesian Storm PetrelNesofregetta fuliginosa
Wandering AlbatrossDiomedea exulans
Antipodean AlbatrossDiomedea antipodensis (D.a. antipodensis and D.a. gibsoni)
Southern Royal AlbatrossDiomedea epomophora
Sooty AlbatrossPhoebetria fusca
Light-mantled AlbatrossPhoebetria palpebrata
Shy AlbatrossThalassarche cauta (T.c. cauta and T.c. steadi)
Salvin's AlbatrossThalassarche salvini
Grey-headed AlbatrossThalassarche chrysostoma
Indian Yellow-nosed AlbatrossThalassarche carteri
Buller's AlbatrossThalassarche bulleri (T.b. bulleri and T.b. platei)
Leach's Storm PetrelOceanodroma leucorhoa
Southern FulmarFulmarus glacialoides
Blue PetrelHalobaena caerulea
Broad-billed PrionPachyptila vittata
Salvin's PrionPachyptila salvini
Antarctic PrionPachyptila desolata1
Slender-billed PrionPachyptila belcheri1
Kerguelen PetrelAphrodroma brevirostris
Great-winged PetrelPterodroma macroptera
Soft-plumaged PetrelPterodroma mollis
Herald PetrelPterodroma heraldica
Mottled PetrelPterodroma inexpectata
White-necked PetrelPterodroma cervicalis
Black-winged PetrelPterodroma nigripennis
Collared PetrelPterodroma brevipes
Cook's PetrelPterodroma cookii
Stejneger's PetrelPterodroma longirostris
White-chinned PetrelProcellaria aequinoctialis
Black PetrelProcellaria parkinsoni
Westland PetrelProcellaria westlandica
Tropical ShearwaterPuffinus bailloni
Little ShearwaterPuffinus assimilis
Common Diving PetrelPelecanoides urinatrix
Bulwer's PetrelBulweria bulwerii
Yellow BitternIxobrychus sinensis
Gurney's EagleAquila gurneyi
Red GoshawkErythrotriorchis radiatus
Buff-breasted ButtonquailTurnix olivii
South Island OystercatcherHaematopus finschi
Banded StiltCladorhynchus leucocephalus
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Australian Painted-snipeRostratula australis
Plains-wandererPedionomus torquatus
RuffCalidris pugnax
Long-toed StintCalidris subminuta
DunlinCalidris alpina
Swinhoe's SnipeGallinago megala
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus
Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius
Lesser YellowlegsTringa flavipes
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Grey NoddyAnous albivitta
White TernGygis alba
Laughing GullLeucophaeus atricilla
Franklin's GullLeucophaeus pipixcan
Pacific GullLarus pacificus
Black-tailed GullLarus crassirostris
Kelp GullLarus dominicanus
Slaty-backed GullLarus schistisagus
Fairy TernSternula nereis
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
South Polar SkuaStercorarius maccormicki
Brown SkuaStercorarius antarcticus
Long-tailed JaegerStercorarius longicaudus
Orange-fronted Fruit DovePtilinopus aurantiifrons
Orange-bellied Fruit DovePtilinopus iozonus
Collared Imperial PigeonDucula mullerii
Zoe's Imperial PigeonDucula zoeae
Pacific Long-tailed CuckooUrodynamis taitensis
Glossy SwiftletCollocalia esculenta
Uniform SwiftletAerodramus vanikorensis
Papuan Spine-tailed SwiftMearnsia novaeguineae
House SwiftApus nipalensis
Little Paradise KingfisherTanysiptera hydrocharis
Superb ParrotPolytelis swainsonii
Princess ParrotPolytelis alexandrae
Golden-shouldered ParrotPsephotus chrysopterygius2
Paradise ParrotPsephotellus pulcherrimus
Swift ParrotLathamus discolor
Night ParrotPezoporus occidentalis
Blue-winged ParrotNeophema chrysostoma
Elegant ParrotNeophema elegans
Scarlet-chested ParrotNeophema splendida
Purple-crowned LorikeetParvipsitta porphyrocephala
Double-eyed Fig Parrot (Coxen's)Cyclopsitta diophthalma coxeni
Regent HoneyeaterAnthochaera phrygia
Eastern BristlebirdDasyornis brachypterus
Rufous FieldwrenCalamanthus campestris
Slaty-backed ThornbillAcanthiza robustirostris
Banded WhitefaceAphelocephala nigricincta
Black-billed MagpiePica hudsonia
Red-rumped SwallowCecropis daurica
Oriental Reed WarblerAcrocephalus orientalis
Singing StarlingAplonis cantoroides
Common BlackbirdTurdus merula
Eyebrowed ThrushTurdus obscurus
Blue Rock ThrushMonticola solitarius
Isabelline WheatearOenanthe isabellina
Red-capped FlowerpeckerDicaeum geelvinkianum
Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus
Star Finch (eastern form)Neochmia ruficauda ruficauda
Black-throated Finch (white-rumped form)Poephila cincta cincta3
Gouldian FinchErythura gouldiae2
Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea
White WagtailMotacilla alba
European GreenfinchChloris chloris
Common RedpollAcanthis flammea

  1. All non-specimen records only
  2. Records outside known range for the species as defined in The Action Plan for Australian Birds 2000 (Garnett et al. 2011)
  3. All records south of 21°S

Records in bold = species that need to be referred to BARC (Birds Australia Rarities Committee).

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