Lord Howe Island is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with 14 species of seabirds breeding on the island.
Lord Howe Island is Australia’s premier bird watching location. One of the world’s rarest birds, the Providence Petrel, returns to Lord Howe Island to nest and breed each year. This is one of the many seabirds that have made the island their breeding ground for thousands of years. These birds have no predators on Lord Howe Island and do not see humans as a threat. Some birds allow you get up close and personal to observe their courting rituals.
The island is also home to more than 130 permanent and migratory bird species including the White Tern, Sotty Terns, Black Noddys, Brown Noddys, Masked Boobies and Shearwaters. Among these permanent species is the Woodhen, which is a flightless species unique to Lord Howe Island. Local conservation efforts in the past have saved this bird from extinction.