Birdwatching in Wagga Wagga

The Birds of the Wagga Area

This is a list of birds recorded in the Wagga Wagga area since March of 2009. Lists are also available for the following areas within and around Wagga:
Currawarna State Forest
Flowerdale Lagoon
Lake Albert
Livingstone National Park
Malebo Hill
Mates Gully Rd. TSR
Matong State Forest
Murraguldrie Flora Reserve
Rocky Hill
Willans Hill

Australasian Darter
Australasian Grebe
Australasian Pipit
Australasian Shoveler
Australian Hobby
Australian Magpie
Australian Pelican
Australian Raven
Australian Reed-Warbler
Australian Shelduck
Australian White Ibis
Australian Wood-Duck
Banded Lapwing
Barn Owl
Black Falcon
Black Kite
Black Swan
Black-Chinned Honeyeater
Black-Faced Cuckoo-Shrike
Black-Faced Woodswallow
Black-Fronted Dotterel
Black-Shouldered Kite
Black-Tailed Native-Hen
Black-Winged Stilt
Blue Bonnet
Blue-Faced Honeyeater
Brown Falcon
Brown Quail
Brown Songlark
Brown Thornbill
Brown Treecreeper
Brown-Headed Honeyeater
Buff-Rumped Thornbill
Caspian Tern
Cattle Egret
Chestnut-Rumped Thornbill
Collared Sparrowhawk
*Common Blackbird
Common Bronzewing
Common Greenshank
*Common Myna
*Common Starling
Crested Pigeon
Crested (Eastern) Shrike-Tit
Crimson Rosella
Diamond Firetail
Double-Barred Finch
Dusky Moorhen
Dusky Woodswallow
Eastern Great Egret
Eastern Rosella
Eastern Yellow Robin
Eurasian Coot
*European Goldfinch
Fairy Martin
Fan-Tailed Cuckoo
*Feral Pigeon (Rock Dove)
Flame Robin
Fuscous Honeyeater
Glossy Ibis
Golden Whistler
Golden-Headed Cisticola
Great Cormorant
Grey Butcherbird
Grey Fantail
Grey Shrike-Thrush
Grey Teal
Grey-Crowned Babbler
Hoary-Headed Grebe
Hooded Robin
Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo
Horsfield’s Bushlark
*House Sparrow
Intermediate Egret
Jacky Winter
Latham’s Snipe
Laughing Kookaburra
Leaden Flycatcher
Little Black Cormorant
Little Eagle
Little Friarbird
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Raven
Long-Billed Corella
Magpie Goose
Masked Lapwing
Nankeen Kestrel
Nankeen Night Heron
Noisy Friarbird
Noisy Miner
Olive-Backed Oriole
Pacific Black Duck
Painted Button-Quail
Pallid Cuckoo
Peaceful Dove
Pied Butcherbird
Pied Currawong
Pied Cormorant
Pink-Eared Duck
Plumed Whistling-Duck
Purple Swamphen
Rainbow Bee-Eater
Rainbow Lorikeet
Red Wattlebird
Red-Browed Finch
Red-Capped Robin
Red-Kneed Dotterel
Red-Necked Stint
Red-Rumped Parrot
Restless Flycatcher
Royal Spoonbill
Rufous Songlark
Rufous Whistler
Sacred Kingfisher
Scarlet Robin
Sharp-Tailed Sandpiper
Silver Gull
Southern Boobook
Southern Whiteface
Speckled Warbler
Spiny-Cheeked Honeyeater
Spotted Harrier
Spotted Pardalote
*Spotted Turtle-Dove
Straw-Necked Ibis
Striated Pardalote
Stubble Quail
Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo
Superb Fairy-Wren
Superb Parrot
Swift Parrot
Tree Martin
Turquoise Parrot
Varied Sittella
Wedge-Tailed Eagle
Welcome Swallow
Western Gerygone
Whiskered Tern
Whistling Kite
White-Bellied Cuckoo-Shrike
White-Browed Babbler
White-Browed Scrubwren
White-Browed Woodswallow
White-Faced Heron
White-Fronted Chat
White-Necked Heron
White-Plumed Honeyeater
White-Throated Gerygone
White-Throated Treecreeper
White-Winged Chough
White-Winged Triller
Willie Wagtail
Yellow Rosella
Yellow Thornbill
Yellow-Billed Spoonbill
Yellow-Rumped Thornbill
Yellow-Tufted Honeyeater
Zebra Finch

Total: 168 Species (161 Native, 7 Introduced)


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I love this site. I have observed four nutmeg coloured firetails with a brilliant red beak and strip across the eye? They don’t look exactly like either the red-browed or red ear firetails in any book I have looked at. I have written a list of birds found mainly in our garden. Our place is about 100m from the river to the north-east of Wagga. Does anyone have any idea what those birds might have been?

Comment by Leonie White

Aside from the red-browed, we only get a couple of other finches/firetails. The bird you describe is clearly not the double-barred finch, the zebra finch, the European goldfinch or any of the sparrows. It doesn’t sound much like the diamond firetail either, since that species lacks the red eyeline. Since you aren’t far from the river, the red-browed seems most likely. They nest in the she-oaks along the banks. Unfortunately I don’t have a good picture of my own, but there is one at wikipedia: Did it look anything like that?

Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any interesting sightings let me know. I’d be interested to see the list of birds from your garden. How many species do you get?

Comment by wwdavid

I have posted a comment in the wrong place. I have spotted the red-browed fire tail my husband photographed and we sent to you but today I saw those little brown firetails again in our driveway in the long grass – in the car and no camera handy -and I am convinced that they are “Beautiful Firetails’ Nothing like the red – browed at all. These are definitely nutmeg in colour with red beaks. Couldn’t see the underbelly as the grass was long.How wonderful there are two species around. Leonie

Comment by Leonie White


Quite a find, if that is in fact what they are. The beautiful firetail isn’t generally seen further inland than the ACT, so to have them here would be very exciting. If you do get a photograph I’d love to see it.

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