Search the ABBBS database

This search allows you to look for information on all birds and bats for which the ABBBS database contains banding and recovery data. You can find information on a particular species or sets of species.

  • If you are unsure of the scientific or common name of the species, enter part of the name in the Free Text Search field (English only). Both the common and scientific names in the database will be searched.
  • If you know the scientific name of the species, enter the genus and species names separated by a space in the Scientific Name field. To obtain a list of all the species in a genus, enter only the genus.
  • To obtain a list of all species in a family, pick the family from the Family selection list (listed in alphabetic order).

For example, to find all penguins, you could enter penguin (without the s) in the Free Text Search field. Or, you could select "SPHENISCIDAE (Penguins)" from the Family list.

To find the King Penguin, you could enter King Penguin (or king penguin) in the Free Text Search field or Aptenodytes patagonicus in the Scientific Name field.

Free Text Search
Scientific Name
Family Acanthizidae (scrubwrens, gerogones, whitefaces, thornbills and relatives)Accipitridae (eagles, kites, goshawks and harriers)Aegothelidae (owlet-nightjars)Alaudidae (larks and bushlarks)Alcedinidae (river kingfishers)Anatidae (ducks, swans and geese)Anhingidae (darters, snakebirds)Anseranatidae ()Apodidae (swifts and swiftlets)Ardeidae (herons, egrets and bitterns)Artamidae (woodswallows, magpies, butcherbirds and currawongs)Atrichornithidae (scrub-birds)Burhinidae (thicknees or stone curlews)Cacatuidae (cockatoos)Campephagidae ()Caprimulgidae (nightjars)Charadriidae (plovers, lapwings and dotterels)Ciconiidae (storks)Cinclosomatidae ()Climacteridae (tree-creepers)Columbidae (doves and pigeons)Coraciidae (dollar-birds, rollers)Corcoracidae (choughs and apostlebirds)Corvidae (crows and ravens)Cuculidae (cuckoos)Dicaeidae (mistletoebird)Dicruridae (drongos, fantails, monarchs and flycatchers)Diomedeidae (albatrosses)Emballonuridae (sheathtail bats)Ephthianuridae ()Estrildidae (finches, firetails and mannikins)Eupetidae (whipbirds, wedgebills and quail-thrushes)Falconidae (falcons)Fregatidae (frigatebirds)Fringillidae (greenfinch, goldfinch and redpoll)Glareolidae (pratincoles)Gruidae (cranes)Haematopodidae (oystercatchers)Halcyonidae (forest kingfishers)Hipposideridae (leafnosed-bats)Hirundinidae (swallows and martins)Hydrobatidae (storm-petrels)Jacanidae (jacanas (lotus-birds))Laridae (gulls and terns)Maluridae (fairy-wrens, emu-wrens and grassbirds)Megadermatidae (false vampire bats)Megapodiidae ()Meliphagidae (honeyeaters, friarbirds, wattlebirds spinebills and chats)Menuridae (lyrebirds)Meropidae (bee-eaters)Molossidae (free-tail bats)Motacillidae (pipits and wagtails)Muscicapidae (thrushes and blackbirds)Nectariniidae (sunbirds)Neosittidae (varied sitella)Oriolidae (orioles and figbirds)Orthonychidae (logrunners)Otididae (bustards)Pachycephalidae (whistlers, shrike-thrushes and shrike-tits)Paradisaeidae (riflebirds and manucodes)Pardalotidae (pardalotes)Passeridae (sparrows)Pedionomidae (plains-wanderer)Pelecanidae (pelicans)Petroicidae (robins and scrubrobins)Phaethontidae (tropicbirds)Phalacrocoracidae (cormorants and shags)Phasianidae (quails and pheasants)Pittidae (pittas)Podargidae (frogmouths)Podicipedidae (grebes and dabchicks)Pomatostomidae (babblers)Procellariidae (petrels, prions and shearwaters)Psittacidae (parrots and lories)Pteropodidae (fruit bats)Ptilonorhynchidae (bowerbirds)Pycnonotidae (bulbuls)Rallidae (coots, crakes, rails and swamphens)Recurvirostridae (stilts and avocets)Rostratulidae (painted snipe)Scolopacidae (curlews, sandpipers, snipes and godwits)Spheniscidae (penguins)Strigidae (hawk owls)Sturnidae (starlings and Indian mynahs)Sulidae (gannets and boobies)Sylviidae (reed-warblers, grassbirds, songlarks and cisticolas)Threskiornithidae (ibises and spoonbills)Turnicidae (button-quails)Tytonidae (barn owls)Vespertilionidae (bent-wing, pipistrelle and other bats)Zosteropidae (white-eyes and silver-eyes)


This database is designed to provide information on bird and bat species, banded under the auspices of the Australian Bird & Bat Banding Scheme (ABBBS) managed by the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. It has been compiled from a range of sources including information provided by banders and recoveries of banded birds and bats made by members of the public. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, no guarantee is given, nor responsibility taken, by the Commonwealth for its accuracy, currency or completeness. The Commonwealth does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in this database. The information contained in this database does not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth. This database is not intended to be a complete source of information on the matters it deals with.