Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Australian Botanic Garden


The Australian Botanic Garden has become an increasingly valuable ‘greenspace’ in a fast growing urban area. The size of the site, and interesting variety of landscapes have made it an important fauna refuge. Well over 160 bird species have been seen in the Garden, and visitors can take advantage of the lakes, woodlands and grasslands to see this wide range of bird life.


Native mammals such as the wallaroo and swamp wallaby are commonly seen throughout the Garden in their natural woodland/grassland habitat.

Frogs, lizards, snakes and spiders

Some animals you may encounter

  • Peron’s tree frog Litoria peronii
  • eastern dwarf tree frog Litoria fallax
  • eastern water skink Eulamprus quoyii
  • eastern brown snake Pseudonaja textilis
  • funnel-web spider Atrax robustus
  • redback spider Latrodectus hasseltii
  • red-bellied black snake Pseudechis porphyriacus
  • eastern blue-tongued lizard Tiliqua scincoides subspecies scincoides
  • eastern bearded dragon Pogona barbata
  • eastern water dragon Physignathus lesueurii
  • lace monitor Varanus varius

Please be aware that all reptiles are protected by law. Many of our native reptiles have poisonous bites. Do not attempt to handle them. If you think you have been bitten, seek help immediately - contact the Garden Shop for first aid.


Click here to find out about birds at the Australian Botanic Garden, and check out our comprehensive bird list. Bring your binoculars and be sure to visit the bird hide at Lake Nadungamba.

When trying to identify birds from this sign remember that male, female, juvenile and adult birds of the same species often have different colours and patterns.

Some of the common water birds you may encounter:

  •  clamorous reed-warbler
  •  little pied cormorant
  •  purple swamphen
  •  Australasian grebe
  •  Eurasian coot
  •  Pacific black duck
  •  dusky moorhen
  •  white-faced heron
  •  maned duck
  •  masked lapwing

Some of the woodland and grassland birds you may encounter in various habitats are shown in the picture:


  •  wedge-tailed eagle 87-104 cm
  •  whistling kite 51-59 cm
  •  little eagle 45-55 cm
  •  brown goshawk 38-55 cm
  •  brown falcon 41-51 cm
  •  nankeen kestrel 30-35 cm
  •  rainbow bee-eater 23-28 cm
  •  dusky woodswallow 18 cm
  •  welcome swallow 14-15 cm
  •  fairy martin 12 cm


  • Australian raven 52 cm
  • sulphur-crested cockatoo 45-52 cm
  • tawny frogmouth 34-46 cm
  • laughing kookaburra 45 cm
  • southern boobook 30 cm
  • grey butcherbird 24-30 cm
  • eastern rosella 30 cm
  • noisy miner 24-28 cm
  • rainbow lorikeet 28 cm
  • Red-rumped Parrot 27 cm
  • fan-tailed cuckoo 25-28 cm
  • sacred kingfisher 19-23 cm
  • shining bronze-cuckoo 17-18 cm
  • white-plumed honeyeater 15-19 cm
  • grey fantail 15-17 cm
  • striated pardalote 9-11 cm
  • yellow thornbill 10 cm
  • spottedpPardalote 8-9 cm
  • weebill 8-9 cm


  • common blackbird 25 cm
  • Lewins honeyeater 18-22 cm
  • red-whiskered bulbul 20 cm
  • golden whistler 17 cm
  • rufous whistler 17 cm
  • eastern yellow robin 15 cm
  • white-browed scrubwren 11-14 cm
  • superb fairy-wren 14 cm
  • silvereye 12 cm
  • brown thornbill 10 cm


  • long-billed corella 38-41 cm
  • little corella 36-39 cm (this is not commonly seen!)
  • Australian magpie 36-44 cm
  • galah 36 cm
  • crested pigeon 31-35 cm
  • common bronzewing 28-35 cm
  • magpie lark 27 cm
  • common myna 23-25 cm
  • common starling 20-22 cm
  • willie wagtail 19-21 cm
  • brown quail 18-20 cm
  • Richards pipit 17-18 cm
  • European goldfinch 13 cm
  • yellow-rumped thornbill 10-12 cm
  • red-browed finch 11-12 cm
  • double-barred finch 10-11 cm
  • yellow-faced honeyeater 15-18 cm

If you care for our birds, please don’t feed them

Many of us love feeding ducks - and other birds - but there are some good reasons why you shouldn’t. It upsets the delicate balance of nature and jeopardises the birds’ welfare.

  • Handfeeding makes them aggressive and a nuisance.
  • Feeding makes them lazy. Birds start to depend on being fed by humans and they become scavengers.
  • Human food can kill birds. Our snack food often contains too much salt and sugar, and can be fatal to birds. Poor nutrition can lead to bone deformities, reduced ability to cope with cold weather and susceptibility to disease.




Echidna in Bed 11


Tawny Frogmouth