Oxley Creek Common, Rocklea, Brisbane

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This an excellent birding location in the middle of Brisbane, and provides a diverse species list given the various habitats within the Common - a combination of swamps, open grasslands, riparian woodland and plantation forest can be seen. Over 150 different species have been recorded, and on a single visit one would expect to see 50 - 70 different species.

Its rich biodiversity provides a good opportunity to see both common and scarcer species. The area is very well maintained with a strong emphasis on the natural environment. It runs along Oxley Creek and widens to the lagoons within the park. The patient birder can expect to see many birds, slowly walking the main path within the Common or finding a quiet spot bordering the track and the riverside vegetation and waiting for birds to present.

[top]Getting there

Sherwood Road, Rocklea in the southern suburbs of Brisbane. Just past the Rocklea Markets. Drive into the main entry and park at the car park area.

[top]When to go

Anytime of year is rewarding. Summer visitors include Koel, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Olive-backed Oriole, Rainbow Bee-eater.

Winter includes Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Scarlet Honeyeaters and Rose Robin.


Picnic tables/covered/barbeque/toilets at the entry area. Well maintained paths throughout the Common.

[top]Key species

Waterbird numbers vary greatly depending on conditions but these are just some of the species recorded - Black-winged Stilt, Latham's Snipe (summer) , Baillons Crake, Little Pied and Pied Cormorant, Australasian Darter, Royal Spoonbill, Jabiru, Black-fronted Dotterel, Grey Teal, Pacific Black Duck, Australasian Grebe, Hardhead and Nankeen Night Heron. In terms of photography it is generally hard to get close to the waterbirds due to fences, however at the very end of the track down to the main lagoon one could potentially see Crakes, Snipe and other waterbirds. Manikins and Finches a real chance here as well.

Raptors are well represented and turn up periodically and include Nankeen Kestrel, Brown Falcon, Australian Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, White-breasted Sea-eagle, Whistling Kite, Brown Goshawk and Collared Sparrowhawk.

Many bush birds have been recorded over time - these include Varied Triller, Leaden Flycatcher, Brown Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater, Lewin’s Honeyeater, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Little Friarbird, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Mangrove Gerygone, Striated Pardalote, Mistletoebird, Figbird, Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo, fan-tailed Cuckoo, Laughing Kookaburra, Silvereye, Grey Fantail and many more.

The area also holds many grass frequenting and open space species including Golden-headed Cisticola, Rufous Songlark, Brown Songlark, Tawny Grassbird, Brown Quail, Double-bar Finch, Chestnut-breasted Manikin, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Masked Lapwing, Crested Pigeon, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Fairy Martin and Welcome Swallow
Other species include White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Superb, Red-backed and Variegated Fairy-wrens, Rose Robin, Eastern Spinebill, White-throated Treecreeper, Eastern Whipbird, Red-browed Finch, Peaceful Dove, White-throated Gerygone, Golden and Rufous Whistlers, Common Koel, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Pheasant Coucal, and Dollarbird.

The main parking area can also present Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Blue-faced Honeyeater, Welcome Swallow, Nankeen Kestrel and Crested Pigeon a good chance.


Friends of Oxley Creek Common Website

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A few of the species you would expect to see at the Oxley Creek Common

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Crested Pigeon

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Red-backed Fairy-wren

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White-browed Scrub-wren

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Tawny Grassbird

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Chestnut-rumped Mannikin
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