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Australian bird habitats:
Coastal waters

Description of habitat

Many aquatic birds hunt for fish in the waters just off the coast of the Australian continent, while some can also rest while bobbing on the waves. Birds that live in this type of habitat will often nest on offshore islands or coastal cliffs.

Note that the bird populations on Australia's north coast (tropical) and south coast (moderate climate) are quite different. Mainly due to lack of data we do not (yet) distinguish between the two here.

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.


Coastal waters off Wybung Head (Munmorah State Conservation Area, NSW); in the foreground coastal heath can be seen, at the base of Wybung Head a rockface

Australasian Gannet soaring, head into the wind, at Wybung Head (Munmorah Stat Conservation Area, NSW), ready to nose-dive into the water to catch fish

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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