Birdwatching

You'll see more birds than any other type of animal in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

We've recorded 178 species of bird in the park including several rare species such as the scarlet-chested parrot and the grey honeyeater. Their songs and colours fill this arid landscape. The best time to see birds is early in the morning. Being quiet and patient is the key to success - you may well hear a bird before you see it.

Below is a little taste of the types of birds you can find. For more information about our birds, download our bird app for iPhone, download our bird app for android or download out birds fact sheet.

  • Puli birds

    Anangu call the rocks, gorges and rocky slopes of the park puli.

    Many birds come to drink or shelter in these areas, returning to other places to graze and breed.

    • Brown falcon

      This bird of prey usually has brown feathers on its upper parts with a pale buff or cream underbelly and grows up to 55 centimetres.

      Brown falcons can be seen all year round throughout the park, but especially in places where there are large trees or rocks for them to perch on. You can tell a brown falcon in flight from its long pointed, upswept wings and by its slow wing beats.

      You might see this bird on the Mala Walk

    • Grey-headed honeyeater

      The small grey-headed honeyeater is a curious and confident bird, with a distinctive grey head and yellow belly. Despite its small size - only 14 centimetres - it's quite easy to spot.

      The small, grey-headed honeyeater prefers mulga gorges and rocky riverbeds. It's easy to see it around the Mutitjulu Waterhole. If you are quiet and still these birds may come up quite close to you to check you out.

      You might see this bird at the Mutitjulu Waterhole

      Photo: Marj Kibby
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  • Tjanpi birds

    Tjanpi (spinifex grass) is by far the most common plant you will see in the park and small birds like these finches love it - keep an eye out for them darting in and out of the grass as you make your way through the park.

    • Zebra finch

      The zebra finch is the most common finch found in Central Australia and with its distinctive red bill, one of the most easily spotted. Anangu tell of the great travels of these bird ancestors.

      Try seeing them on the Kuniya Walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole

      Photo: Jim Bendon
    • Budgerigar

      The budgerigar, usually known in Australia as the 'budgie', is a seed-eating parrot found in open habitats, primarily in scrubland, open woodland, and grassland.

      Look for budgies wherever there is water.

      Try seeing them on the Base Walk

      Photo: Jim Bendon
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  • Puti birds

    Puti habitat is common along most major roads in the park and consists of grevilleas, hakeas and desert oaks, all of which offer food and shelter for the following species.

    • Australian ringneck parrot

      This bright green parrot is quite distinctive with its long tail, black head and yellow ring on the back of its neck.

      They are often seen in pairs or small flocks in the morning and late afternoon in desert oaks.

      Try seeing them near water - the Kuniya Walk.

      Photo: Nick Rains
    • Willy wagtail

      At 20 centimetres, the black and white willy wagtail is the largest and most well-known of the Australian fantails. Its name comes from the constant sideways wagging of the tail.

      Willie wagtails are active feeders. They can be seen darting around as they hunt for insects on the ground, their tails wagging from side to side.

      Try seeing them near water - near the Mutitjulu Waterhole.

      Photo: At A Glance
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  • Puti wanari birds

    Puti wanari is flat country with mulga stands. Mulga is a common tree in the park, with good stands around Uluru and next to the road to Kata Tjuta, so look out for these birds there.

    • Splendid fairy-wren

      The splendid fairy-wren is generally pale brown above and buff beneath, with a long tail and grows to about 13 centimetres. The male displays a blue wash on his wings and tail and the female a reddish tan line from her beak extending a round the eye. During the breeding season the male is magnificent in his cobalt blue coat and sky blue crown and cheeks.

      Try seeing them on the Mala Walk.

      Photo: David Cook Wildlife Photography
    • Red-capped robin

      The red-capped robin gets its name from its distinctive scarlet red cap -bright red on the male bird and a duller red on the female.

      The red-capped robin likes tall trees and shrubs so look for this small bird in wooded areas along the Base Walk or at Kata Tjuta./p> Try seeing them on the Base Walk.

      Photo: Sussexbirder

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  • Tali and pila birds

    Tali and pila are the sandhills, dunes, plains and grasslands that cover most of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. This is where you are likely to see some of our colourful birds including the crimson chat, Major Mitchell's cockatoo and the famous budgerigar.

    • Major Mitchell's cockatoo

      This beautiful cockatoo, with its washed pink face and breast, has a white crest that displays bands of vibrant scarlet and yellow when extended.

      Look for Major Mitchell's cockatoos in wooded areas or near water - these noisy birds often gather at dawn and dusk to drink at waterholes.

      Try finding these birds on the Liru Walk.

      Photo: Sussexbirder
    • Pied butcherbird

      The pied butcherbird is a black and white medium-sized songbird. It is quite distinctive with its full black hood, dark brown eyes, broad white collar and long, hooked grey and black bill.

      This bird has adapted quite well to urban environments so you might see and hear them hanging around our Cultural Centre.

      Photo: Nick Rains

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  • Karu birds

    You'll find karu habitat, creekbeds and gullies, at Kata Tjuta - try the Valley of the Winds or Walpa Gorge walks.

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