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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
6 Osprey, Kites, Eagles, Buzzard, Harriers, Baza, Sparrowhawk, Goshawks, Kestrel, Hobby, Falcons
7 Moorhen, Swamphen, Native-hens, Coot, Bush-hen, Crakes, Rails, Bustard, Cranes
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.