A global journey: Migratory birds on the Adelaide plains

migratory birds

24 January 2018–31 July 2018

10am - 5pm daily
South Australian Museum



Each year around 2,000,000 migratory shorebirds travel vast distances from their breeding sites in the Arctic to reach non-breeding grounds in Australia.

These amazing global travellers fly half way across the world along a migratory path called the East Asian-Australasian Flyway to reach the safe haven of our South Australian coastlines, where they feed and roost for six months of the year.

The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park – Winaityinaityi Pangkara has been created as a vital conservation area for the protection of shorebird habitat. It provides a unique place of annual refuge for up to 52 species of birds.

In the language of the Kaurna People, the traditional owners of the Adelaide plains, Winaityinaityi Pangkara means ‘a country for all birds and the country that surrounds these birds’.

Proudly presented in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

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Photo credit: Chris Purnell, BirdLife Australia