Red-capped robin on the Liru walk. Photo: Corinne Le Gall
Uluru-Kata Tjuta is a bird-lover’s paradise. We’ve recorded 178 species of bird in the park, including several rare ones.
Our birds fill the arid landscape with songs and colours throughout the day. But the best time to see birds in Uluru-Kata Tjuta is early in the morning. Being quiet, patient and alert is the key to success.
Anangu name birds based on the sound of their calls. You are likely to hear a bird before you see it, so this system is extremely practical for identifying which birds are nearby.
Puli (rocky area) birds
Anangu call the rocks, gorges and rocky slopes of the park ‘puli’.
Many birds come to drink and shelter in these areas before returning to other places to graze and breed.
Tjanpi (spinifex) birds
Spinifex grass is by far the most common plant in the park. Small birds love it and can often be seen darting in and out of the grass.
Puti (open woodland) birds
The puti habitat consists of grevilleas, hakeas and desert oaks. It is common along most major roads in the park.
Puti wanari (mulga woodland) birds
Puti wanari is flat country with mulga trees. Mulga is common in the park, with many trees growing around Uluru and next to the road to Kata Tjuta.
Tali and pila (sand dunes and plains) birds
Tali and pila are the sandhills, dunes, plains and grasslands that cover most of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.