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Great Barrier Reef Expedition Cruise

Birdlife on the Great Barrier Reef

Sea birds that are often found on the Great Barrier Reef and spotted by our guests include:

Lizard Island

More than 40 species of land and sea birds inhabit Lizard Island National Park.  Commonly-seen seabirds include the magnificent white-bellied sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), osprey (Pandion cristatus) and many species of terns. Land birds include the bar-shouldered dove (Geopelia humeralis) pheasant coucal (Centropus phasianinus) and yellow-bellied sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis). Seasonal visitors include the pied imperial-pigeon (Ducula bicolor), white-tailed tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus), dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) and rainbow bee-eater (Merops ornatus). Approximately 20 species nests on the island group—Seabird Islets and Osprey, South and Palfrey islands are important seabird nesting sites, particularly for terns.

The Daintree

The Daintree area provides a variety of habitats: rainforest, wetlands, mangroves, open fields, and the Daintree River. As well as the regular residents (at least 30 species daily in the Village), the birds vary according to the seasons:

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