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Birds at the Urunga board walk

The Urunga board walk, at Urunga, NSW, provides access to a variety of aquatic bird habitats. The following bird species were spotted by us there during visits from July 2009 until the present time. They are listed here in four categories, according to the timing of their sightings. (Note that some bird species heard from the board walk are located in remnant dense growth outside the mangrove swamp/dune/beach area). Bird species that are listed as Vulnerable or Endangered are marked as such.

In some cases the categorisation into the different times of year indicates only a trend.

Bird species we have seen breeding there are marked with a clickable superscript "N", leading to the relevant breeding information.

The Urunga Board Walk is listed as a "birding hotspot" on .

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

Black Swan

Australian Wood Duck

Pacific Black Duck

Australian Pelican

Little Pied Cormorant

Pied Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Australian White Ibis

Great Egret

Little Egret

Striated (Mangrove) Heron

White-faced Heron

Eastern Osprey

Brahminy Kite

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

Eastern Curlew


Pied Oystercatcher

Sooty Oystercatcher

Masked Lapwing

Crested Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Common Tern

Silver Gull

Crested Pigeon

Bar-shouldered Dove

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo


Rainbow Lorikeet

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Laughing Kookaburra

Superb Fairy-wren

Mangrove Gerygone

Little Wattlebird

Noisy Miner

New Holland Honeyeater

Lewin's Honeyeater

Brown Honeyeater

Eastern Whipbird


Willie Wagtail

Australasian Figbird

Grey Butcherbird

Pied Butcherbird

Australian Magpie

Pied Currawong

Torresian Crow

Australasian Pipit

Double-barred Finch

Red-browed Finch

Welcome Swallow

Grey-tailed Tattler

Bar-tailed Godwit

Pacific Golden Plover

Common Koel

Sacred Kingfisher

Rainbow Bee-eater

Rose Robin

Australasian Darter

Australasian Gannet

Black-necked Stork

White-necked Heron

Straw-necked Ibis

Cattle Egret

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Royal Spoonbill

Whistling Kite

Beach Stone-curlew

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

Eastern Rosella

Striated Pardalote

Red Wattlebird

Striped Honeyeater

Noisy Friarbird

Little Friarbird

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Golden Whistler

Spangled Drongo

Olive-backed Oriole

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike


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

Exposed mudflat at the start of the Urunga board walk

The twin estuary of the Bellinger River (right) and the Kalang River (left), with the Urunga board walk on the left

The Urunga board walk skirts the twin estuary of the Bellinger River and the Kalang River; it also provides access to the Urunga Heads lagoon, with its intertidal wetland (with mangroves and mudflats) and to dunes with coastal banksia

Looking back from the side track into the intertidal wetland onto the main board walk

Australian White Ibis on stage...