Kakadu National Park

Kakadu Bird Week 2020

26 September – 3 October 2020 — Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is a bird lover’s paradise – home to more than a third of Australia’s bird species, Kakadu is the perfect place to discover and learn all about the unique species of birds living in this magical part of the world, which is dual World Heritage listed for both its natural and cultural values.

This year, Bird Week is a little different. You can join us ‘virtually’ or ‘on-park’ to experience the wonders of birdlife in Kakadu with Bininj/Mungguy, leading bird experts and research scientists.

Enjoy a host of exciting activities online, including birdwatching, wetlands cruises, Aboriginal cultural experiences and much more!

For those lucky enough to join us at Kakadu, come along on a birdwatching adventure to remember, and support the fantastic local businesses and tour operators here at the park.

Whether you’re a twitcher or you can’t tell the difference between a magpie goose and a pigeon, a local joining us at the park or tuning in from across the globe, there is something for everyone during Kakadu Bird Week.

During Bird Week, visitors and viewers are treated to specialist lectures, cultural events and some of Australia's best birdwatching.

On park events Virtual events

Go birding in a
World Heritage area

On-park activities

Yellow water cruise.

Yellow Water Cruise

26 September to 3 October 2020 — Yellow Water Billabong

The Ultimate Bird Lovers Cruise! 26-28 September and 1-3 October only!

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Mamukala wetlands

Birds of the Never Never

26 September to 3 October 2020 — Anbangbang Billabong and Mamukala Wetlands

Venture out into the Never Never, where the billabongs are lush and the birdlife is abundant.

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Comb-crested Jacana. Credit: Luke Paterson, NT Bird Specialists

Yellow Water Region Birding Tour and Cruise

26–27 September 2020 — Yellow Water Region

Join renowned Australian bird guide Luke Paterson to explore the internationally-significant Yellow Water region including a dedicated 2-hour Kakadu Bird Week birdwatching sunset cruise on Yellow Water Billabong.

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Plumed Whistling-Ducks. Credit: Luke Paterson, NT Bird Specialists

South Alligator Region Birding Tour

5.30–11 am, 26 September 2020 — South Alligator Region

Join renowned Australian bird guide Luke Paterson for a guided birding and photography tour around the ever-changing and picturesque Mamukala Wetlands floodplain region.

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Partridge Pigeon. Credit: Luke Paterson, NT Bird Specialists

Burrungkuy Region Birding Tour

5–11.30 am, 27 September 2020 — Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Region

Join renowned Australian bird guide Luke Paterson for a flat 6 km return walk to a monsoonal vine forest, home to an array of endemic monsoon-dwellers.

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Bird carvings. Credit: Marrawuddi Arts

Marrawuddi Arts

2–3 October 2020 — 2 Gregory Place, Jabiru, NT

Irene Henry and Harold Goodman are partners and master artists of bird sculptures, they both live at the Kakadu Outstation of Mamukala, a bird dreamscape. Irene’s family are from Tiwi islands, which are represented through her artistic narrative of painting.

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Comb-crested Jacana. Credit: Luke Paterson, NT Bird Specialists

Private Birding Tours with Luke Paterson

25 September to 3 October 2020 — Yellow Water Region

Join NT Bird Specialists’ Luke Paterson for a private guided birding and photography tour in order to locate your key species of interest.

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Mamukala wetlands

Venture North Safaris

Darwin to Kakadu

A 4 day birdwatching tour of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. This birding tour departs from Darwin on request any day of the week.

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Willis walkabouts.

Willis's Walkabouts

4–17 October 2020 — Kakadu National Park – Two week trip

Venture off the beaten track to find more birds which cannot be seen near the roads on this two week birdwatching, nature and bushwalking adventure!

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See birds from the wetlands to the stone country

Virtual activities

Banded fruit dove, credit luke paterson.

Birdwatching in Kakadu with Luke Paterson

1–2 pm, 26 September 2020 — Facebook Live event

Join renowned Australian bird guide Luke Paterson to explore Kakadu’s marvellous bird life in a variety of biologically diverse habitats.

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Alligator Rivers Yellow Chat. Credit: Laurie Ross

Yellow Chat Research

1–2 pm, 28 September 2020 — Facebook Live event

In this presentation Robin Leppitt will talk you through his research to date on a Kakadu specialty, the Alligator Rivers Yellow Chat.

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Renowned artist Jacqueline Cahill

Cultural painting with Jacqueline Cahill

1–2 pm, 29 September 2020 — Facebook Live event

Join renowned artist Jacqueline Cahill on a virtual tour and explore the wonders of traditional painting.

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Marsh Sandpiper. Credit: Amanda Lilleyman

Birdlife of Kakadu National Park

1–1.15 pm, 30 September 2020 — Facebook Live event

In this presentation, you will learn about some of the special birds that live in Kakadu National Park and why the park is a birdwatcher’s paradise.

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Yellow water sunrise boat cruise, credit parks australia.

Yellow Water Ultimate Bird Lovers Cruise

5.30–6.30 pm, 3 October 2020 — Facebook Live event

Visitors and viewers can discover and learn about the unique bird species which call Kakadu home as they sit back and enjoy a sunset birdwatching boat ride with local guides and renowned Australian bird guide Luke Paterson.

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Sacred Kingfisher. Credit: Navin Chandra

Buff Farm – Jabiru Area School

1–2 pm, 1 October 2020 — Facebook Live event

Join students from the Jabiru Area School as they sit around a campfire cooking traditional foods and learn how scientists and Aboriginal people work together to sustain the wetlands of Kakadu.

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Red Goshawk. Credit: William Riddell

Red Goshawk Research

1–2 pm, 2 October 2020 — Facebook Live event

An overview of Australia’s rarest bird of prey, the Red Goshawk, and the research which aims to better our understanding of this vulnerable species.

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