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The Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp location is a very special place for bird watchers. In June 2017 renowned naturalist and Kakadu expert Ian Morris counted 44 species of birds in the hour leading up to sunset from the verandah of a cabin in the camp. In subsequent visits Ian noted still more species around the camp. Click here to download a photographic guide to the bird species you may see or hear at the camp.

The camp is situated in the transition zone between woodlands and the wetland systems that Kakadu is so renowned for.  It is a part of the country that is still very much as explorers like Ludwig Leichardt saw as he followed the Jim Jim creek system down into the famous wetlands.

These early explorers were even more aware of the dynamism of ‘the new frontier’ and their diaries are full of it:

“No part of the country we had passed was so well provided with game as this; and of which we could have easily obtained an abundance, had not our shot all been expended. The cackling of geese, the quacking of ducks, the sonorous note of the native companion (Brolga), and the noises of black and white cockatoos, and a great variety of other birds, gave to the country, both day and night, an extraordinary appearance of animation…..”

Come and see it for yourself and enjoy the amazing atmosphere.

Dawn Chorus

The dawn chorus at Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp is sensational; you can enjoy it from your bed, or you can get out and about and really soak up the atmosphere.

The below video was recorded in August 2017.

Local Species List

Common NameMayali NameScientific Name
Arafura FantailRhipidura dryas
Australasian DarterGarrabaybayAnhinga novaehollandiae
Australian White IbisThreskiornis moluccus
Azure KingfisherDjurkCeyx (Alcedo) azureus
Banded HoneyeaterCissomela (Certhionix) pectoralis
Bar-breasted HoneyeaterRamsayornis fasciatus
Bar-shouldered DoveBokkodj-bokkodjGeopelia humeralis
Barking OwlMobokNinox connivens
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikeWirriwirriyakCoracina novaehollandiae
Blue-winged KookaburraBarradjaDacelo leachii
BrolgaAlgorduGrus rubicunda
Brown GoshawkAccipiter fasciatus
Brown HoneyeaterKikkikLichmera indistincta
Buff-sided RobinPoecilodryas cerviniventris
Bush Stone-curlewGurrwirlukBurhinus grallarius (magnirostris)
Comb-crested JacanaDemdorrkehdorrkenIrediparra gallinacea
Crimson FinchDjrrkurlNeochmia phaeton
Dusky HoneyeaterMyzomela obscura
Eastern Cattle EgretNgarrgundulBubulcus coromandus
Eastern Great EgretGomoloArdea modesta (alba)
Great-billed HeronNaaburrmiArdea sumatrana
Green Pygmy-gooseBewutjNettapus (Cheniscus) pulchellus
Intermediate EgretMulugumuluguArdea intermedia
JabiruDjagarnaEphipporynchus asiaticus
Leaden FlycatcherMyiagra rubecula
Lemon-bellied FlyrobinMahymahyMicroeca flavigaster
Little CorellaAndel Ngalelek
NgalelekCacatua sanguinea
Little Pied CormorantBarrakbarrakMicrocarbo (Phalacrocorax) melanoleucos
Long-tailed FinchDjurrkurlPoephila acuticauda
Magpie GooseBamurru ManimunakAnseranus semipalmata
Magpie-larkGubirlibbirlibGrallina cyanoleuca
Masked FinchDjurrkurlPoephila personata
Masked LapwingBerrepberrepVanellus miles
MistletoebirdDicaeum hirundinaceum
Northern FantailRhipidura rufiventris
Pacific Black DuckNawangkuAnas superciliosa
Paperbark FlycatcherMyiagra nana
Partridge PigeonMimguwuy
Raagu
Geophaps smithii smithii
Peaceful DoveKorloddodokGeopelia striata
Plumed Whistling DuckDjalwilimbirrDendrocygne eytoni 
Radjah ShelduckTadorna radjah
Rainbow Bee-eaterBirritbirritMerops ornatus
Red-collared LorikeetDededTrichoglossus rubritoquis
Red-tailed Black CockatooGarnamarrCalyptorhynchus banksii macrorhynchus
Royal SpoonbillPlatalea regia
Rufous OwlWarrayangalNinox rufa
Rufous WhistlerMahymahyPachycephala rufiventris
Sacred KingfisherTodiramphus sanctus
Shining FlycatcherMahymahyMyiagra alecto
Southern Boobook OwlNinox boobook
Spangled DrongoYakyakDicrurua bracteatus
Spotted NightjarLablabEurostopodus (Caprimulgus) argus
Straw-necked IbisThreskiornis spinicollis
Sulphur-crested CockatooNgarradjCacatua galerita
Torresian CrowWakwakCorvus orru
Varied LorikeetDjurrihPsitteuteles versicolor
Varied TrillerLalage leucomela
Wandering Whistling DuckDjurrbuyungDendrocygna arcuata
Whistling KiteNawurrkpilHaliastur sphenurus
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikeCoracina papuensis
White-bellied Sea-eagleMarrawurdiHaliaeetus leucogaster
White-breasted Wood-swallowArtamus leucorynchus
White-gaped HoneyeaterStomiopera unicolor
White-throated GerygoneGerygone olivacea
White-throated HoneyeaterMelithreptus albogu target"blank"laris
White-throated NightjarEurostopodus mystacalis
Willie WagtailDjikirdi'djikirdiRhipidura leucophrys
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