Seabirds

Seabirds are most commonly found on, over or near the ocean. However many sea birds may be found at other water sources, such as lakes and wetlands, and can become common in urban areas.


Australia's over 200 seabird species are protected under the EPBC Act as listed marine species. As such, it is illegal to kill, injure, take, trade, keep, or move any member of a listed marine species on Australian Government land or in Commonwealth waters without a permit. Where these seabirds occur in State/Territory waters, or on State/Territory land, relevant State /Territory legislation applies. Many species are further listed as threatened, with albatross, petrels and shearwaters, known to be at risk of extinction through the influences of human activities, principally commercial fishing. Some breeding populations, and possibly entire species, face extinction within a few years if nothing is done to prevent birds being killed or injured through these interactions.


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Some Seabirds include:

Scientific Name: Pygoscelis adeliae
Scientific Name: Morus serrator
Scientific Name: Pelecanus conspicillatus
Scientific Name: Thalassarche melanophris
Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax fuscescens
Scientific Name: Hydroprogne caspia
Scientific Name: Sterna hirundo
Scientific Name: Thalasseus bergii
Scientific Name: Aptenodytes forsteri
Scientific Name: Sternula nereis
Scientific Name: Gelochelidon nilotica
Scientific Name: Larus dominicanus
Scientific Name: Aptenodytes patagonicus
Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
Scientific Name: Eudyptula minor
Scientific Name: Sternula albifrons
Scientific Name: Larus pacificus
Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax varius
Scientific Name: Ardenna tenuirostris
Scientific Name: Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae
Scientific Name: Haematopus fuliginosus
Scientific Name: Chlidonias hybrida
Scientific Name: Sterna striata
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