Birds to look out for in July

Wednesday, 3 July 2024

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Birds to look out for in July

What birds might you see this month? Here are a few to look out for…

To the left of the frame, a close-up male Flame Robin with a bright orange chest faces the right of the screen, against a pale orange background.
In south-eastern Australia, Flame Robins move from higher altitudes to more open lowland habitats in autumn and winter. Photo by James Matcott


Northern Australia:

  • The first flocks of Metallic Starlings returning to north-eastern Queensland 
  • Latham’s Snipe migrating from Japan to north-eastern Australia

Eastern Australia:

Southern Australia:

Western Australia:

To the left of the frame, a black, brown and white streaked Latham's Snipe with yellow-orange legs and bill wades through shallow water, against a pale brown blotchy background.
Latham’s Snipe begin to migrate to northern Australia from July. Photo by Lachlan Read

Interesting historical records from July:

7/7/1989  Grey Phalarope  |  Macgrath Flat, SA  |  2nd record for Australia  

12/7/1992  Grey Phalarope  |  Port Fairy, VIC  |  2nd record for Victoria  

13/7/1954  Blue Petrel  |  Maroubra, NSW  |  1st record for NSW  

18/7/1996  Red-capped Flowerpecker  |  Saibai Island, QLD  |  1st record for Australia  

21/7/1978  Antarctic Tern  |  Metricup, WA  |  1st record for Australia  

21/7/1991  Hudsonian Godwit  |  Lauderdale, TAS  |  1st record for Tasmania  

29/7/2008  Antarctic Tern  |  Southport, TAS  |  1st record for Tasmania 


Tell us what birds you see this month!

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

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.