Sea and shore birds

Kangaroo Island (KI) is home to a rich diversity of sea and shore bird life, including several colonies of little penguins (Eudyptula minor) that form the basis of commercial tourism businesses at Kingscote and Penneshaw.

Natural Resources KI’s Coast and Marine Program conducts a number of projects to monitor the status of the sea and shore bird populations and find out more about potential threats to their survival. 

Get involved

There are a number of ways you can get involved and learn more about Kangaroo island's bird life.

  • Attend a My Patch. Every few months the Birdlife Kangaroo Island group hosts a "My Patch" event. This is an adhoc bird monitoring activity which takes place at a nominated Kangaroo Islanders favourite birding location. It might be around their house or property or just a beautiful spot they might like to bird watch. Everyone is welcome to come along, no experience is necessary. For more information email
  • Participate in a Twitchathon. Since 2014, Birdlife Kangaroo Island have been hosting a twitchathon where passionate birdwatchers race around the Island competing in this unique sporting event. The aim of the event is to see or hear as many bird species as possible in a 24 hour time frame. It's a lot of fun and is held around October each year. For more information email
  • Go for a beach walk. Birdlife Australia with support from NRKI participate in a biennial beach-nesting bird count. Every two years, all suitable ocean beach habitats for hooded plovers along the coasts of Victoria, South Australia and NSW are surveyed across a weekend in mid-November. The data collected assist in estimating population numbers of beach nesting birds and provides a snapshot of threats across sites to enable an assessment of the health of the population. The next survey will be in November 2018.

To keep informed on birding activities on Kangaroo Island subscribe to the Birdlife Kangaroo Island newsletter at  



Friends of Dudley Peninsula Parks; Kangaroo Island Shorebirds Group; Birdlife Australia

More information

  • Coast and marine project officer
    37 Dauncey Street, Kingscote
    08 8553 4444