The central-north of Australia is known as the Top End, a tropical area and one of Australia’s outstanding birding locations. Well-known birding areas like Kakadu National Park, the Barkley Tablelands, Victoria River and Gregory National Park can be explored during the dry season of May to October. The varied landscape contains many habitats including coastal areas, rivers, wetlands, rainforest and savannah woodlands. The whole area is sparsely populated. The city of Darwin is the main transport hub.
Key Bird Species Found in This Region
There are five endemics: White-throated Grasswren, White-lined Honeyeater, Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon, Black-banded Fruit-dove and Hooded Parrot. The first four are found only in the Kakadu/Arnhem Land area, while Hooded Parrot s inhabits savannah woodlands.
Other good Top End birds include Rufous Owl, Green-backed Gerygone, Partridge Pigeon, White-quilled Rock-Pigeon, Red-collared Lorikeet, Northern Rosella, Rainbow Pitta, Yellow-rumped Mannikin, Arafura Fantail, Chestnut Rail, Chestnut-backed and Red-backed Button-Quail, Buff-sided Robin, Mangrove Golden Whistler, Sandstone Shrike-thrush, Rufous-banded Honeyeater, Purple-crowned Fairy-wren and Gouldian Finch.