Birdwatching - Kakadu's birdlife will blow you away. From colourful finches to majestic birds of prey, Kakadu is home to a third of Australia's bird species.

Download our Kakadu Birds app for iphone or our Kakadu Birds app for android to meet around 50 of our favourite birds. See pictures, listen to bird calls and learn where to find them. 
*Kakadu promotes responsible and minimal impact experiences with wildlife. Please do not use bird call play back to attract wildlife in the Park.


  • Bird Week: 1-7 October 2017

    See Kakadu's remarkable birds during Bird Week!

    Kakadu is home to more than a third of Australia’s bird species. Reward yourself when joining traditional owners, Parks Australia and local birding specialists to celebrate the Top End’s diverse birdlife during Kakadu Bird Week 1-7 October, 2017.

    Kakadu Bird Week 2016 was a great hit, with free birding activities, expert-guided tours and specials accommodation and touring offers.

    Join us in 2017 for an even greater bird-filled week of events.

    Enquire for more details and register at:

    Download the Kakadu Bird Week 2017 program

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  • Birds in the East Alligator region

    See rainforest and stone country birds. See it: May to December

    Mangarre Rainforest Walk
    Bardedjilidji Walk

    • Mangarre Rainforest Walk

      This short walk is a must for rainforest birds like the rainbow pitta. It takes you through monsoon rainforest and along the East Alligator River.

      During the dry season, rangers provide informative talks about Aboriginal art and culture several times a day.

      600 m - 1.5 km loops | Up to 1 hour

      See it: May to December

    • Bardedjilidji Walk

      A short walk through sandstone rocks and vine forest - great for spotting endemic species like the chestnut-quilled rock pigeon, which aren't found anywhere else in the world.

      2.5 km loops | 2 hours

      See it: May to December

      Download the park note (PDF - 563 KB)
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  • Birds in the South Alligator region

    You won't believe the diversity of birdlife at our wetlands and billabongs. See it May/July to November/December

    Mamukala Wetlands
    Gungarre Walk

    • Mamukala Wetlands

      Marvel at the birdlife from an observation platform or a walk beside the wetlands. A mural shows the changing birdlife in each season. See magpie geese in their thousands from late August to late October - a traditional bush food for Kakadu's Aboriginal owners.

      3 km wetlands walk | 1-2 hours

      See it: May to December

    • Gungarre Walk

      See the birdlife change as this walk passes through monsoon forest, woodlands and along a billabong. It starts at the large banyan fig tree near the Aurora Kakadu Resort.

      3.6 km loop | 2 hours

      See it: July to December

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  • Birds in the Jabiru region

    Close to all Jabiru's amenities, the Illigadjarr Walk is a great birdwatching site.

    Illigadjarr Walk - See it July to November

    • Illigadjarr Walk

      A short drive from Jabiru, this seasonally opened wetland has a great mix of habitats. See wetland birds and waders in the paperbark swamp and a different mix of birds in the open grassland. The walk starts at the Malabanjbanjdju or Burdulba Camping areas.

      3.8 km loop | 2 hours

      See it: July to November

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  • Birds in the Nourlangie region

    At the foot of the soaring escarpment, you'll find a mix of woodland, stone country and wetland birds.

    Nourlangie Rock - See it all year round
    Anbangbang Billabong - See it: July to November

    • Nourlangie Rock

      A little monsoon creek runs between the art sites at Nourlangie Rock, on the path to the lookout. It's a peaceful place with lots of bird noise. You'll see a great mix of birds from the woodland in the car park, through the creek area and beyond to the stone country of the lookout.

      See it: All year round, 8:00 am until sunset

      Download the park note (PDF - 534 KB)
    • Anbangbang Billabong

      Towards the end of the dry season birds flock to the remaining water at Anbangbang Billabong. From darters and magpie geese to large-billed pelicans, there's a huge diversity to enjoy.

      2.5 km loop | 1 hour

      See it: July to November

      Download the park note (PDF - 465 KB)
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  • Birds in the Yellow Water region

    Discover a riot of colourful birdlife at Yellow Water wetlands, or explore the nearby billabongs and lookouts. See it July to November

    Yellow Water wetlands

    • Yellow Water wetlands

      From a Yellow Water boat cruise you can see dozens of different species, from the snake-necked darters drying their wings beside the water to tiny azure kingfishers hiding in the foliage.

      See it: From a boat cruise all year round. Boardwalk and billabong walk accessible July to November.

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  • Birds in the Mary River region

    From common characters to rare and elusive birds, Kakadu's south is sure to please. See it May/July to November with the exception below

    Yurmikmik Walks - See it: April to January

    • Gunlom

      You'll find plenty of our more common birds at the Gunlom campground. You can't miss our raucous cockatoos and galahs, or the brightly coloured dollar birds that swoop from their perch to catch flying insects.

      Billabong walk 2.5 km return | 1 hour

      See it: May to November

      Download the park note (PDF - 1.05 MB)
    • Maguk

      The paperbark swamp leading to Maguk's falls and plunge pool is a great place to see rainbow pitas.

      2 km | 1-2 hours | Gravel road, 4WD recommended

      See it: July to November

    • Yurmikmik Walks

      The salmon gums and termite mounds on the Yurmikmik Walks are a great place to see some of Kakadu's rarer birds, such as the elusive Gouldian finch and the hooded parrot. A wonderful tropical summer experience. Gravel road.

      Boulder Creek Walk | 2 km return | 45 minutes

      Yurmikmik Lookout Walk | 5 km return | 2 hours

      Motor Car Falls | 7.5 km return | 4 hours

      Kurundie Creek Walk | 11 km return | 7 hours | You'll need a permit

      See it: April to January

      Download the park note (PDF - 394 KB)

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