Are you a parrot person? More partial to birds of prey? Or perhaps you prefer the sweet melodies of the songbirds? Whatever your favourite feathered species, you’ll find it in this colourful exhibition of Australia’s diverse birdlife.

With more than 850 endemic and migratory species, Australia has one of the most diverse and abundant bird populations in the world. The continent is home to more species of sea birds and a higher diversity of parrots than anywhere in the world. It also has two of the largest – and quirkiest – flightless birds.

In this exhibition you’ll come face to face with familiar and unfamiliar birds alike, from the iconic cockatoos and “budgies” to the stunning Regent Bowerbird and adorable Little Penguin. Learn what keeps birds in the air, and discover the ingenious ways Australia’s birds have adapted to life down under.

Exhibition highlights

The Birds of Australia exhibit is on the 2nd floor of the Westpac Long Gallery.

Native birds in the city

Visitors to Sydney are amazed by the diversity of birds that inhabit the city; but locals can sometimes take them for granted. Several iconic birds show great behavioural flexibility which enables them to thrive in an artificial environment. Many species capitalise on the abundance of highly nutritious waste produced by people, while others exploit novel nesting sites or resources.

The Birds of Australia exhibit is on the 2nd floor of the Westpac Long Gallery.


Australia and South America have the world’s highest diversity of parrots, suggesting these birds may have originated in Gondwana. With more than 330 parrot species worldwide, Australia is home to 56 of those and our geographical isolation has allowed the species to diversify.

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