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Birds of Australia - Family groups

We follow here the convention adopted in the "Field Guide to Australian Birds" by Michael Morcombe , in which all Australian bird families are collected into 26 family groups as reproduced in the table below.

Every species seen by us is listed in a complete index of all Australian bird species.

1 Emu, Cassowary, Megapodes, Quails
2 Geese, Swans, Ducks, Grebes, Penguins
3 Petrels, Shearwaters, Prions, Albatrosses, Storm-petrels, Diving Petrels
4 Tropicbirds, Boobies, Darter, Cormorants, Pelican, Gannets, Frigatebirds
5 Egrets, Herons, Bitterns, Spoonbills, Ibises, Stork, Cranes
6 Osprey, Kites, Eagles, Buzzard, Harriers, Baza, Sparrowhawk, Goshawks, Kestrel, Hobby, Falcons
7 Moorhen, Swamphen, Native-hens, Coot, Bush-hen, Crakes, Rails, Bustard
8 Button-quails, Plains-wanderer, Turnstone, Snipes, Dowitchers, Godwits, Curlews, Shanks, Yellowlegs, Sandpipers, Ruff, Knots, Tattlers, Sanderling, Stints, Dunlin
9 Pharalopes, Jacanas, Stone-curlews, Stilts, Avocet, Pratincoles, Oystercatchers, Plovers, Dotterels, Lapwings
10 Skuas, Jaegers, Gulls, Terns, Noddies
11 Doves, Pigeons
12 Cockatoos, Lorikeets, Parrots, Rosellas
13 Cuckoos, Coucal, Owls, Frogmouths, Nightjars
14 Swifts, Kingfishers, Bee-eater, Dollarbird
15 Pittas, Lyrebirds, Scrub-birds, Bristlebirds, Treecreepers
16 Fairy-wrens, Emu-wrens, Grasswrens
17 Pardalotes, Scrubwrens, Heathwrens, Fieldwrens, Redthroat, Gerygones, Thornbills, Whitefaces
18 Wattlebirds, Friarbirds, Honeyeaters, Miners, Spinebills, Chats, Gibberbird, Sunbird
19 Scrub-robins, Robins, Logrunner, Chowchilla, Babblers
20 Whipbirds, Wedgebills, Quail-thrushes, Sittella, Bellbird, Shrike-tits, Whistlers, Shrike-thrushes
21 Monarchs, Flycatchers, Boatbill, Fantails, Willie Wagtail, Drongo, Magpie-lark
22 Trillers, Cuckoo-shrikes, Cicadabird, Orioles, Figbird, Woodswallows, Butcherbirds, Magpie, Currawongs
23 Riflebirds, Manucode, Ravens, Crows, Chough, Apostlebird, Catbirds, Bowerbirds
24 Bushlark, Pipits, Wagtails, Finches, Mannikins, Firetails
25 Mistletoebird, Swallows, Martins
26 Reed-warblers, Spinifexbird, Grassbirds, Cisticolas, Songlarks, White-eyes, Silvereye, Thrushes

No introduced species are listed.