Birds of the Daintree

The following lowland rainforest species of birds can be found between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation.

Woompoo pigeon

Colourful Woompoo pigeon

Ground Dwellers:

  • Cassowary Casuarius casuarius ssp. johnsonii Uncommon Endangered*
  • Australian Brush TurkeyAlectura lathami Common
  • Orange Footed Scrub Fowl Megapodius reinwardt Common
  • Red necked Crake Rallinia tricolor Uncommon
  • Bush-Hen Amauromis olivaceus Uncommon
  • Noisy Pitta Pitta versicolor Common
  • Emerald Ground Dove Chalcophapsi Indica Common
Cassowary and chick photographed at the Daintree Discovery Centre

Cassowary and chick photographed at Discovery Centre

The Daintree Discovery Centre is a member of Birdlife Australia.

For more information on Birdwatching in Tropical Australia Bird Trails Tropical Qld Brochure 2012.

For information on Birdwatching in the Daintree see the following websites:

Mid-Canopy Birds:

  • Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher Tanysiptera sylvia Uncommon – Summer migrant from PNG
  • Little Shrike Thrush Colluricincla megarhyncha Common
  • Barred Cuckoo-shrike Coracina lineata Uncommon
  • Varied Triller Lalage leucomela Common
  • Pale-yellow Robin Tregallasia capito Uncommon
  • Grey Whistler Pacchycephala simplex Uncommon
  • Spectacled Monarch Monarcha trivirgatus Common
  • Black-faced Monarch Monarcha melanopsis Common
  • Pied MonarchArses kaupi Uncommon
  • Yellow-breasted Boatbill Machaerirhynchus flaviventer Uncommon
  • Leaden flycatcherMyiagra rubecula Uncommon – More abundant in winter
  • Grey FantailRhipidura fuliginosa Common – Winter migrant
  • Rufous FantailRhipidura rufifrons Common – Winter migrant
  • Northern FantailRhipidura rufiventris Uncommon
  • Large-billed ScrubwrenSericornis magnirostris Common
  • Large-billed GerygoneGerygone magnirostris Common
  • Black ButcherbirdCracticus quoyi Common
  • Spotted CatbirdAiluroedus melanotis Common
  • Fairy GerygoneGerygone palpebrosa Common*
  • SilvereyeZosterops lateralis Common  – Australia wide
  • Little Bronze CuckooChrysococcyx minutillis Uncommon
  • Gould’s Bronze CuckooChrysococcyx russatus Uncommon

* Endemic to North East Queensland

Click on video below to see Cassowary bathing in McLean’s Creek, Discovery Centre July 2012.

The Daintree Discovery Centre acknowledges images in above sliders:
Black Butcherbird, Barking Owl, Dougle Eyed Fig Parrot and Noisy Pitta – Red Mill House
Pap Frog – Henri Brouschmice (Red Mill House)
Little Kingfisher – JJ Harrison (Red Mill House)
Olive Backed Sunbird – Mark Eagles (Red Mill House)
Buff Breasted Paradise Kingfisher – Ryuichi Mari (Red Mill House)

It can be difficult to spot wildlife in the rainforest but Daintree is full of all sorts of spectacular birds - the cassowary to name just one. They are there, you just have to be patient if you want to see them! L Maine, UK

Entry Fees

Adult: AUD$37.00
Concession/Student: AUD$34
Child: AUD$18.00 (5 – 17 years)
Family: AUD$90.00

Audio Tour (8 languages)
68 Page Interpretive Guide Book
7 Day free re-entry
Children’s Audio Tour (suit 5 – 9 years)

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