Birds to look out for in February

Monday, 5 February 2024

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Birds to look out for in February

What birds might you see this month? Here are a few to keep a lookout for…

  • Double-banded Plovers returning to south-eastern Australia
  • Black-faced Monarchs on passage through eastern NSW and south-eastern Qld
  • Departure of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers from Tasmania
  • Subantarctic penguins moulting on Australia’s southern coastline
  • Flocks of Hooded Plovers forming at coastal lakes in south-western Australia
  • Arrival of the first Swift Parrots on the Australian mainland

Interesting records from the past!

2/2/1985  Grey Petrel  |  Ballina, NSW  |  1st record for NSW

6/2/2011  Eyebrowed Thrush |  Malanda, Qld  |  1st record for Australia

15/2/1987  Barau’s Petrel  |  off Portland, Vic.  |  1st record for Australia

17/2/2009  Yellow Bittern  |  Christmas Island   |   3rd record for Australia

20/2/1977  Asian Dowitcher   |   Shoalhaven, NSW  |  1st record for NSW

22/2/1976  Grey Phalarope   |   Lake Woorinen, Vic.   |   1st record for Australia

22/2/2009  Papuan Spine-tailed Swift  |  Saibai Island, Qld   |   2nd record for Australia

22/2/2009  Yellow White-eye  |   Sawtell, NSW  |   1st record for NSW

28/2/1987  Audubon’s Shearwater   |   off Wollongong, NSW  |   1st record for Australia


Want to contribute valuable data to help Australia’s birds? Log your bird sightings on Birdata, our national bird monitoring program!

Head to birdata.birdlife.org.au to get started today, or watch our handy video tutorial below to find out how to submit a 2ha 20 min survey of your own.