There is a wide array of birds found on the river, from Kosie all the way
down to the Coorong and I have listed around 50 of the larger or spectacular species
that I personally saw on the way down. Various bird watching sites checklists list
more than 300 species along many areas of the river.
The Cockatoos are definitely one of the most vocal birds on the trip, sometimes congregating
in flocks of 100 or more.
New World Parrots Psittacidae
Ducks, Geese, Swans Anseriformes
Ducks were definitely the most common birds seen along the waterways, especially the Australian Wood Ducks.
All Ducks, Geese, Swans shown belong to the family Anatidae.
Cranes, Rails & Coots Rallidae
All Rails, Crakes & Coots shown belong to the family Rallidae.
Kingfishers and Bee-eaters Coraciiformes
Kookaburras and Kingfishers Alcedinidae
Rollers and Dollarbirds Coraciidae
Vultures, Eagles, Kites and Ospreys Accipitriformes
Kites, Hawks, Eagles Accipitridae
Pigeons, Doves Columbiformes
Contains the singular family Columbidae.
Perching birds or Songbirds Passeriformes
This order contains over half of the world's species of birds and these birds are characterised by
three toes pointing forward and one toe pointing back that facilitates perching.
Currawongs & Australian Magpie Artamidae
Australian Mudnesters Corcoracidae
Flycatchers & Magpielarks Monarchidae
Australasian Wrens Maluridae
Swallows, Martins Hirundinidae
Contains the singular family Podicipedidae.
Boobies, Cormorants, Darters Suliformes
Cormorants, Shags Phalacrocoracidae
Stilts, Waders and Gulls Charadriiformes
Gulls, Terns, Skimmers Laridae
Stilts, Avocets Recurvirostridae
Plovers, Dotterels, and Lapwings Charadriidae
Herons, Ibises, Spoonbills and Pelicans Pelecaniformes
A large order of water birds that typically have four webbed toes.
Herons, Bitterns Ardeidae
Herons were less common on the river than I expected. The White-faced Heron was the most frequently seen followed by
the Night Heron all along the river, with small flocks of Eastern Great Egrets and White-necked Herons seen sporadically.
Ibises, Spoonbills Threskiornithidae
Cassowaries and Emus Casuariiformes
The family Casuariidae contains the three species of Cassowaries and the Emu being the only member of the family Dromaiidae.