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  • Self-guided Walks

    Staying fit and healthy is just a walk in the Park! Download our free Centennial Park walking apps - available for Apple and Android smartphones. More info and download links here.

  • Swamp Closures

    Lachlan Swamp will close on days above 36C to minimise disturbance to the Flying Foxes. There will be no access to visitors.

  • Centennial Park History Book

    Our great new book on the history of Centennial Park is now on sale, and can be ordered online. Great gift idea. More info.

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CockatooWith its diverse environment and network of ponds Centennial Park is the perfect place to watch birds. The range of different landscapes provide food, shelter and nesting places for migratory, nomadic and resident birds species.

Up to 124 native and 18 introduced species of land and water birds have been recorded in Centennial Parklands. An ever expanding list of birds that can be seen in the Parklands is found in the left hand column.

What bird did I see?

If you had the good fortune to spot an interesting bird but were unsure what it was - find out at the Australian Museum's handy Birds in Backyards website.

Don't hesitate to let us know about your spotted bird at:

Birdwatching (or Twitching!)

Centennial Parklands rangers are very familiar with the birdlife of the Parklands, and have put together the information on what birds are best seen where - and how to spot them. You can read about this on our Birdwatching page.

Bird watching throughout Centennial Parklands and across the seasons can be a very rewarding pastime. It is possible to follow the lifecycle of species such as swans, coots, swamphens and moorhens as they breed.

Consider the following tips to help you enjoy the variety of bird life:

  • Walk slowly and stop often
  • Listen and wait for birds to come to you, don’t try to get too close
  • Visit different ponds to observe a range of species

If you enjoy birdwatching or would like to learn more about this fascinating pastime, why not join our Birdwatcher's Breakfast.

These are run regularly throughout the year with Birdlife Australia - a bird enthusiast with over 15 years behind the binoculars. He is a member of various bird watching clubs in Sydney, including Birds Australia.

Can I feed the birds?

If you love these birds, don't feed them!

Rangers understand that visitors enjoy feeding the birds. However it is requested that when feeding birds visitors think about the food that the birds would normally eat in the wild and feed them accordingly – remember that the birds in Centennial Parklands are not pets.

Bread does not contain all the nutrients that these wild birds need, so try feeding them grass and seeds instead.

You can still enjoy feeding them and getting a close look while helping to ensure they get the nutrients they need.

Sick or injured birds

If you find a sick or injured bird, please do not handle it. Call the Rangers on (02) 9339 6699 or 0412 718 611 after hours.