Birds to look out for in May

Thursday, 2 May 2024

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Birds to look out for in May

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

  • The last of the Metallic Starlings leaving north-eastern Queensland
  • Blue-winged Parrots in inland NSW  
  • Fairy Martins visiting northern Australia from the southern states  
  • Powerful Owls breeding in south-eastern Australia  
  • The formation of large ‘winter flocks’ of ravens  
  • Seabirds from Southern Ocean visible from southern coasts
  • Swift Parrots on the move across mainland south-eastern Australia in search of lerp and blossom
  • Robins moving into more open habitats throughout south-eastern Australia
  • Double-banded Plovers arriving in southern Australia
  • Migrating Arctic Jaegers visiting Victorian waters
  • Shy Albatross venturing closer to shore along the coasts of Tasmania and southern Australia
  • Thousands of Yellow-faced and White-naped Honeyeaters migrating north
  • Increasing numbers of Fluttering Shearwaters migrating to Australian coastal waters from New Zealand breeding grounds
  • Mature waterbirds flaunting their breeding plumage in the Top End
  • The last adult migratory shorebirds departing Roebuck Bay for their northern breeding grounds, thousands of kilometres away.
Four Swift Parrots in flight against a bright blue sky.
Critically Endangered Swift Parrots migrate from their Tasmanian breeding grounds to mainland south-eastern Australia, where they cover great distances in search of food. Photo by Rebecca Citroni

Interesting historical records:

6/4/2011  House Swift  |  Broome, WA  4th record for Broome  

3/5/2009  Dusky Warbler  |  Christmas Island 1st  |  record for Australia  

4/5/2013  Forest Wagtail   |  Alice Springs, NT |  2nd record for Australia  

4/5/1930  Superb Fruit-Dove  |  Raglan, Vic.  |  1st record for Victoria  

5/5/2009  Citrine Wagtail  |  Christmas Island  |  3rd record for Australia  

17/5/2009  Forest Wagtail  |  Christmas Island  |  1st record for Australia  

21/5/1981  Superb Fruit-Dove  |  Flinders Island, Tas.  |  3rd record for Tasmania  

22/5/2010  Semipalmated Plover  |  Tuross Head, NSW  |  1st record for Australia  

29/5/2007  Red-legged Crake  |  Whim Creek, WA  |  2nd record for Australia  

What birds have you seen?

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.