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Birds in Leard State Forest/SCA

To compare the interactive map above with the status in October 2012 (including the big, ugly hole), click HERE.

In Leard State Forest/State Conservation Area, a large remnant of sclerophyll woodland near Maules Creek, NSW, the following bird species were spotted by R. Druce and ourselves from October 2012 until now. They are listed here in four categories, according to the timing of their sightings. In some cases the categorisation indicates a trend. Bird species that are listed as Vulnerable or Endangered are marked as such.

Bird species seen breeding in Leard State Forest/State Conservation Area (with at least a photo of a nest or nest entrance) are marked with a clickable superscript "N", leading to the relevant breeding information.

This list also contains the results of bird surveys conducted in the Leard State Forest/State Conservation Area by the Wilderness Society since May 2014.

Leard State Forest is listed as a "birding hotspot" on .

Any time of year Spring & summer Autumn & winter Irregular or infrequent
Brown Quail

Black Kite

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Whistling Kite

Black-shouldered Kite

Nankeen Kestrel

Brown Falcon

Masked Lapwing

Crested Pigeon

Common Bronzewing

Peaceful Dove

Bar-shouldered Dove


Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Little Corella


Turquoise Parrot V

Red-rumped Parrot

Blue Bonnet

Eastern Rosella

Australian King-Parrot

Red-winged Parrot

Australian Ringneck

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Tawny Frogmouth

Southern Boobook

Australian Owlet-nightjar

Laughing Kookaburra

Brown Treecreeper V

White-throated Treecreeper

Superb Fairy-wren

White-winged Fairy-wren

Purple-backed Fairy-wren

Spotted Pardalote

Striated Pardalote

White-browed Scrubwren

Speckled Warbler V

Western Gerygone


Yellow Thornbill

Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Inland Thornbill

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill

Noisy Friarbird

Little Friarbird

Noisy Miner

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Striped Honeyeater

Singing Honeyeater

Blue-faced Honeyeater

White-plumed Honeyeater

Fuscous Honeyeater

Brown-headed Honeyeater

Brown Honeyeater

Eastern Yellow Robin

Jacky Winter

Red-capped Robin

Grey-crowned Babbler V

White-browed Babbler

Rufous Whistler

Golden Whistler

Grey Shrike-thrush

Eastern (Crested) Shrike-tit

Grey Fantail

Willie Wagtail

Restless Flycatcher


Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike


Pied Butcherbird

Grey Butcherbird

Australian Magpie

Pied Currawong

Australian Raven


White-winged Chough

Spotted Bowerbird

Australian Pipit

Double-barred Finch N

Zebra Finch

Plum-headed Finch

Welcome Swallow

Tree Martin


Rufous Songlark


Channel-billed Cuckoo

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Black-eared Cuckoo

Sacred Kingfisher


White-throated Gerygone

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Leaden Flycatcher

White-winged Triller

Olive-backed Oriole

Dusky Woodswallow

Masked Woodswallow

White-breasted Woodswallow

White-browed Woodswallow

Australian Wood Duck

Pied Cormorant

White-necked Heron

Straw-necked Ibis

Little Eagle V

Square-tailed Kite V

Collared Sparrowhawk

Australian Hobby

Spotted Harrier

Red-chested Button-quail

Diamond Dove

Glossy Black-Cockatoo V

Musk Lorikeet

Little Lorikeet V


Painted Honeyeater

Hooded Robin V

Varied Sittella V

Restless Flycatcher

Diamond Firetail

Singing Bushlark

Fairy Martin

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Any time of year Spring & summer Autumn & winter Irregular or infrequent

This photo demonstrates the importance of surface water to local wildlife - three species of birds drinking from Lawler's Well, at the centre of Leard State Forest, near sunset at a time of drought, in November 2013: Common Bronzewing, Eastern Rosella and Australian King-Parrot (photo courtesy of R. Druce)