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Posted on 10/10/2020 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island is a place of national significance for several migratory bird species.

  • Bar-tailed godwits fly from their breeding grounds in Alaska to return to Australia in a nonstop flight of 11,000km in 8 days.
  • Red knots also breed in the northern hemisphere and come to Australia for the non-breeding part of their year.
  • The red-necked stint weighs in at less than 30g but flies to Siberia for breeding each year.
  • Latham's snipe is found in several wetlands around Phillip Island and is currently being studied both here and in Japan, where it breeds.
  • Swamp harriers migrate here each year for breeding.
  • More than 1.5 million short-tailed shearwaters call Phillip Island home each summer, nesting in sand dune burrows along the coast.
  • Not to mention a whole host of small woodland birds that migrate from parts of Australia to Victoria and Phillip Island for breeding.

godwit swamp harrier short tailed shearwater curlew

Photos by Meagan Tucker


Migratory birds connect countries, and their conservation is a global effort. We are proud to help protect these international travellers by maintaining a healthy & stable habitat on Phillip Island for them.


If you'd like to try and spot some of the migratory birds that live in our wetland areas, you can do so by taking a virtual tour of Rhyll Inlet, a RAMSAR listed wetland of international significance.

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