Queenslands Threatened Bird Species

Red Goshawk
Red Goshawk (Erythrotriorchis radiatus): classified as Endangered under Queensland's Nature Conservation Act. Photo: James Watson

Many of Queensland's bird species are declining in numbers due to a range of threatening processes. Articles on some of these threatened species are on Birds Queensland's Facebook. Postings commenced prior to the State election on 31 January 2015, with the extinct Paradise Parrot posted on Election Day. Due to the interest generated these articles are to be continued. https://www.facebook.com/BirdsQueensland.

Under the State Nature Conservation Act 1992 there are currently 46 bird species and subspecies listed as threatened (endangered or vulnerable) in Queensland of which twelve are pelagic birds. The following list is derived from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection website. Of these 32 are listed as threatened nationally under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999 with the Capricorn Yellow Chat listed as critically endangered.

Further Information on the status of species is available at:


Endangered Birds (13 species)

Black-throated finch (white-rumped subspecies) Poephila cincta cincta
Capricorn Yellow chat (Dawson) Epthianura crocea macgregori
Coxen's fig parrot Cyclopsitta diophthalma coxeni
Crimson finch (white-bellied subspecies) Neochmia phaeton evangelinae
Eastern bristlebird Dasyornis brachypterus
Golden-shouldered parrot Psephotus chrysopterygius
Gouldian finch Erythrura gouldiae
Night parrot Pezoporus occidentalis
Red goshawk Erythrotriorchis radiatus
Regent honeyeater Anthochaera phrygia
Southern cassowary (southern population) Casuarius casuarius johnsonii
Star finch (eastern subspecies) Neochmia ruficauda ruficauda
Swift parrot Lathamus discolor

Vulnerable Birds (22 species)

Australian painted snipe Rostratula australis
Beach stone-curlew Esacus magnirostris
Black-breasted button-quail Turnix melanogaster
Buff-breasted button-quail Turnix olivii
Eclectus parrot (Australian subspecies) Eclectus roratus macgillivrayi
Glossy black-cockatoo (eastern) Calyptorhynchus lathami lathami
Glossy black-cockatoo (northern) Calyptorhynchus lathami erebus
Ground parrot Pezoporus wallicus wallicus
Macleay's fig-parrot Cyclopsitta diophthalma macleayana
Major Mitchell's cockatoo (pink cockatoo) Lophochroa leadbeateri
Masked owl (northern subspecies) Tyto novaehollandiae kimberli
Painted honeyeater Grantiella picta
Plains-wanderer Pedionomus torquatus
Plumed frogmouth Podargus ocellatus plumiferus
Powerful owl Ninox strenua
Purple-crowned fairy-wren Malurus coronatus
Red-tailed tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda
Rufous scrub-bird Atrichornis rufescens
Southern cassowary (northern population) Casuarius casuarius johnsonii
Southern emu-wren Stipiturus malachurus
Squatter pigeon (southern subspecies) Geophaps scripta scripta
Yellow chat (gulf) Epthianura crocea crocea

Sea Birds - Procellariiformes (tubenoses)

Endangered (2 species)

Herald petrel Pterodroma heraldica
Southern giant-petrel Macronectes giganteus

Vulnerable (10 species)

Antipodean albatross Diomedea antipodensis antipodensis
Buller's albatross Thalassarche bulleri
Gibson's albatross Diomedea antipodensis gibsoni
Grey-headed albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma
Indian yellow-nosed albatross Thalassarche carteri
Northern giant-petrel Macronectes halli
Shy albatross Thalassarche cauta
Sooty albatross Phoebetria fusca
Wandering albatross Diomedea exulans
White-capped albatross Thalassarche steadi

Revised February 2015

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