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Australian bird habitats:

Aboriginal names: "uringa" = long beach

Description of habitat

Sandy beaches offer a variety of birds with potential resting places, but also food (e.g. crustaceans or molluscs under the surface). The Australian continent has many thousands of km of beaches, providing a habitat for birds all around the continent.

Note that many bird species living on beaches will also be present in sand dunes.

Bird species found in this type of habitat or plant

This is not necessarily a complete list. We display here some examples of bird species found by us in this kind of habitat or plant. Hover your cursor on thumbnails to see names of species; click on thumbnail to go to the page describing the species.


Wide, sandy beach at Byfield National Park, central QLD

Sandy beach with low, salt-resistent shrubs at the back

Partly stony beach with some Bar-tailed Godwits moving in

Example of a beach with a dune covered with Spinifex grass (in the foreground) ;
the bird in the photo is a Beach Stone-curlew

These pages are largely based on our own observations and those of our contributors. The structure of these bird pages is explained HERE. For more salient facts on any bird species please refer to a field guide.

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