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Birds along the Mehi River, downstream of Whittaker's Lagoon, Moree

This list combines three different locations along a 6-km stretch of the Mehi River, 19-25 km West of Moree, NSW. 1. Whittaker's Lagoon is an ephemeral, isolated floodplain wetland 19 km West of Moree, NSW. 2. Combadello Weir is a weir about 23 km West of Moree surrounded by woodlands, scrub and farmland. 3. Pieces of woodland and scrub near Ruth Leitch Bridge, ca. 25 km West of Moree, provide habitats mostly for bush birds. The following bird species were spotted in this area by C. Hayne from 2009 to 2014. 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 this 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.

Whittaker's Lagoon is listed as a "birding hotspot" on .

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

Brown Quail

Plumed Whistling-Duck N

Australian Wood Duck N

Pacific Black Duck N

Grey Teal N

Pink-eared Duck N


Australasian Grebe N

Hoary-headed Grebe

Australian Pelican


Little Pied Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant

Pied Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Great Egret

Plumed Egret

Rufous Night Heron N

White-necked Heron N

White-faced Heron N

Glossy Ibis

Australian White Ibis N

Straw-necked Ibis N

Royal Spoonbill

Yellow-billed Spoonbill N

Black Kite

Black-shouldered Kite N

Whistling Kite

Nankeen Kestrel N

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Purple Swamphen N

Dusky Moorhen N

Black-tailed Native-hen N

Eurasian Coot N

Black-fronted Dotterel

Red-kneed Dotterel

Masked Lapwing N

Crested Pigeon

Bar-shouldered Dove

Peaceful Dove

Diamond Dove

Galah N

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo N

Little Corella

Australian Ringneck

Red-rumped Parrot N

Cockatiel N

Red-winged Parrot N

Pale-headed Rosella N

Laughing Kookaburra N

Sacred Kingfisher N

Brown Treecreeper V

Superb Fairy-wren

Purple-backed Fairy-wren

White-winged Fairy-wren

White-browed Scrubwren

Yellow Thornbill


Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Western Gerygone

Striated Pardalote N

Little Friarbird N

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater N

Striped Honeyeater

White-plumed Honeyeater N

Blue-faced Honeyeater N

Noisy Miner N

Yellow-throated Miner N

Grey-crowned Babbler V

Rufous Whistler

Grey Shrike-thrush

Restless Flycatcher

Willie Wagtail N

Magpie-lark N

Olive-backed Oriole

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike N

Australian Magpie N

Pied Butcherbird N

Grey Butcherbird N

White-breasted Woodswallow N

Spotted Bowerbird

Australian Raven N

Torresian Crow

White-winged Chough N

Apostlebird N

Zebra Finch

Double-barred Finch N

Plum-headed Finch

Fairy Martin N

Tree Martin

Welcome Swallow N



Australian Reed-Warbler

Tawny Grassbird

Golden-headed Cisticola N

Rainbow Lorikeet

Channel-billed Cuckoo

Pacific Swift

Dollarbird N

Masked Woodswallow

White-browed Woodswallow N

White-winged Triller N

Rufous Songlark

Spotted Pardalote

Brown Honeyeater

Grey Fantail

Black Swan

Chestnut Teal

Australasian Shoveler

Cattle Egret

Black-necked Stork V

Brown Goshawk

Eastern Osprey V

Pacific Baza

Brown Goshawk

Grey Goshawk

Collared Sparrowhawk N

Australian Hobby

Brown Falcon

Black Falcon

Baillon's Crake

Common Greenshank

Latham's Snipe

Comb-crested Jacana V

Black-winged Stilt

Gull-billed Tern

Common Bronzewing

Blue Bonnet

Turquoise Parrot V

Little Lorikeet

Eastern Rosella

Australian King-Parrot


Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Black-eared Cuckoo

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Common Koel

Australian Owlet-nightjar

Tawny Frogmouth

Rainbow Bee-eater

Azure Kingfisher

White-throated Needletail

White-throated Treecreeper

Buff-rumped Thornbill

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill

White-throated Gerygone

Noisy Friarbird

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

Brown-headed Honeyeater

Black Honeyeater V

Eastern Yellow Robin

Red-capped Robin N

Golden Whistler

Leaden Flycatcher

Rufous Fantail

Black-faced Woodswallow

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

Australian [Richard's] Pipit

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

Introduced species seen at Whittaker's Lagoon: Spotted Turtle Dove, Rock Dove, Common StarlingN, Common Myna.

Whittaker's Lagoon is location no. 6 of the Moree Bird Routes