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Birds at Yarrie Lake

At Yarrie Lake, a small natural lake 15 km South-East of Wee Waa, NSW (35 km WSW of Narrabri) and the associated marsh the following bird species were spotted by us from 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 we have seen breeding at Yarrie Lake (with at least a photo of a nest or nest entrance) are marked with a clickable superscript "N", leading to the relevant breeding information.

Yarrie Lake is listed as a "birding hotspot" on .

Any time of year Spring & summer Autumn & winter Irregular or infrequent
Australian Wood Duck N

Grey Teal N

Pacific Black Duck N

Australasian Grebe N

Australasian Darter N

Little Black Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant N

Australian White Ibis

Straw-necked Ibis

White-faced Heron

White-necked Heron N

Great Egret

Plumed Egret

Royal Spoonbill

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Whistling Kite N

Nankeen Kestrel

Dusky Moorhen

Purple Swamphen

Eurasian Coot N

Black-tailed Native-hen

Black-fronted Dotterel

Masked Lapwing

Common Bronzewing

Crested Pigeon

Peaceful Dove

Bar-shouldered Dove

Galah N

Little Corella

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo N

Cockatiel N

Red-rumped Parrot N N

Australian Owlet-nightjar

Laughing Kookaburra N

Superb Fairy-wren

Purple-backed Fairy-wren

Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Noisy Friarbird

Little Friarbird N

Yellow-throated Miner

Striped Honeyeater

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Singing Honeyeater

White-plumed Honeyeater N

Brown Honeyeater

Eastern Yellow Robin

Grey-crowned Babbler

Rufous Whistler

Grey Shrike-thrush

Magpie-lark N

Willie Wagtail N

Restless Flycatcher

Olive-backed Oriole

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Grey Butcherbird

Pied Butcherbird

Australian Magpie

Pied Currawong N

Australian Raven

White-winged Chough


Double-barred Finch

Plum-headed Finch N

Welcome Swallow N

Fairy Martin N

Tree Martin N


Australian Reed-Warbler

Nankeen Night Heron N

Channel-billed Cuckoo

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo


Rainbow Bee-eater N

Sacred Kingfisher N

Painted Honeyeater

White-breasted Woodswallow N

Masked Woodswallow

White-browed Woodswallow

Golden-headed Cisticola

Jacky Winter

Brown Quail

Magpie Goose N

Black Swan


Pink-eared Duck N

Australasian Shoveler

Freckled Duck

Hoary-headed Grebe

Australian Pelican

Great Cormorant

Pied Cormorant

Glossy Ibis

Black-necked Stork

Wedge-tailed Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

Little Eagle

Spotted Harrier

Brown Goshawk

Black Kite

Australian Hobby

Brown Falcon

Black Falcon

Australian Spotted Crake

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Red-kneed Dotterel

Black-winged Stilt

Red-necked Avocet

Silver Gull

Whiskered Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Diamond Dove

Glossy Black-Cockatoo

Eastern Rosella

Pale-headed Rosella

Musk Lorikeet

Little Lorikeet

Turquoise Parrot

Australian Ringneck

Blue Bonnet

Superb Parrot

Pallid Cuckoo

Brush Cuckoo

Black-eared Cuckoo

Tawny Frogmouth

Shining Bronze-Cuckoo

Red-backed Kingfisher

White-throated Needletail

Pacific Swift

Brown Treecreeper

White-throated Treecreeper

Spotted Pardalote

Striated Pardalote

White-throated Gerygone

Western Gerygone

Speckled Warbler

White-browed Scrubwren

Yellow Thornbill

Inland Thornbill

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Noisy Miner

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Red-capped Robin

Golden Whistler

Varied Sittella

Grey Fantail

White-winged Triller

Dusky Woodswallow

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

Spotted Bowerbird

Rufous Songlark

Little Grassbird


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

Yarrie Lake is a small natural lake fed by a local creek; when full, it has a maximum depth of about 2 m; in times of drought it can be entirely dry, but it is not a classical ephemeral lake that fills only once in a while

As the water level decreases, parts of the shore of Yarrie Lake turn into a "low tide roost" for waders/aquatic bird species

After major rainfall in the area the creek filling Yarrie Lake turns into a small swamp (photo courtesy of V. Collins)

After major rainfall in the area the creek filling Yarrie Lake turns into a small marsh (photo courtesy of V. Collins)