Ku-ring-gai has many opportunities for bid watching and keeping track of the life cycles of our beautiful native species.

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

There are a number of native birds that can be found at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. If you look closely you may be able to spot a curious brush turkey or hear the raucous laughter of a kookaburra. There are also special rarities that are often found such as the scarlet honeyeater, glossy black-cockatoo and more. For more information on our local species visit our Birds page.

Find out more about local birds near you in our recent report on Aussie Backyard Birds (pdf. 591KB) , commissioned by Ku-ring-gai Council.

Birdwatching tips

  • Early morning is often the best time of day to see and hear native birds
  • Rainy weather is a good opportunity to encounter lyrebirds
  • Powerful Owls may be spotted roosting in the tall trees in the valleys along Ku-ring-gai Creek and Tree Fern Gully
  • When the sheoaks are fruiting along the lower Solander Trail, Glossy Black-cockatoos often visit in small groups
  • If leaving your backpack unattended, ensure it is firmly closed as the brush turkeys may investigate.

Please drop into the Visitor Centre for more tips and news of recent bird sightings.