Checklist of the Terrestrial Vertebrate Fauna of Western Australia

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Taxonomic checklist of the terrestrial vertebrate fauna for Western Australia.

Download the latest version of the WA Checklist (2021) (updated November 2021) for the terrestrial vertebrate fauna of Western Australia. This handy Excel sheet can be modified to suit your needs or imported into other applications. Use the 'SORT' column to restore the list into taxonomic order. The file is a single Excel workbook, with separate sheets for amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Two written versions are available to download as PDFs - the Checklist of Birds of WA 2021 or a separate Checklist of the Birds of the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Please consider the environment before printing.

The changes from the 2021 November checklist are documented below and can also be downloaded in pdf format. Previous changes to the checklist (2012-2020) can be found in the documents at the bottom of the page.

A comprehensive update of the WA Checklist is released by the WA Museum every year or as necessary. The WA checklist (2021) contains revisions of the terrestrial vertebrate species of Western Australia and additional information on the conservation status of the WA fauna (provided by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions). 

The taxonomic changes are based on the work of the WA Museum's Terrestrial Zoology staff, and their many colleagues from around Australia and beyond. In the future, we will try to update the list as new taxonomic changes occur.

Bookmark this page, and keep visiting for the latest updated version.This page is updated twice a year, in April and October.

Please contact the relevant author of the specific list if you have any questions or comments.


Changes to the WA Museum Checklist from June 2021 (updated November 2021)


Reptiles and Frogs


Crinia remota in the Kimberley. The diminutive frog species, C. remota, has been reported to occur in the north Kimberley region, based on call, morphology and genetic data.

Doughty, P. (2021). The occurrence of the myobatrachid frog Crinia remota in the northern Kimberley. Western Australian Naturalist 32: 55–60.


Species suffix emendation. The spelling of the scincid lizard name Hemiergis quadrilineata has now been changed to H. quadrilineatus so that the genus and species names agree in gender (male).




Minor changes and amendments to the previous checklists (May/June 2021) have been carried out with reference mainly to the International Ornithological Committee (IOC checklist Version 11.2). A brief explanation is provided for changes. Where necessary, reasons for departing from the current IOC checklist are given, especially where the Western Australian Museum collection material and distributional data etc. differs. This information is given in the ‘Comments’ field of the spreadsheet and in the footnotes of the PDF version.


WA State checklist

Taxon name change for Brown Quail from Coturnix to Synoicus ypsilophorus.(following Kimball et al. 2021)

Taxon name change for King Quail from Excalfactoria to Synoicus chinensis and Synoicus chinensis lineatus (following Kimball et al. 2021).

Resequenced the family Phasianidae (Pheasants).

Emended the spelling of vernacular Mascarene Petrel.

Removed the hyphen from vernacular ‘Cuckooshrike’ to conform to IOC checklist.

Taxon name change for Cicadabird from Coracina to Edolisoma tenuirostre and Edolisoma tenuirostre melvillense (following Pedersen et al., 2018).

Emended authority name of Chestnut-cheeked Starling to Pennant following IOC recommendation.

Inclusion of comment that IOC has a draft proposal to potentially split the Zebra Finch into Timor Zebra Finch and Australian Zebra Finch (Olsson & Alström 2020).

Resequenced the family Passeridae (Old World sparrows).

Taxon name change Square-tailed Kite from Hamirostra to Lophoictinia, following IOC recommendation.

Taxon name change for the Emerald Dove, to Pacific Emerald Dove, and subspecies elevated to full species following Rasmussen & Anderton (2005) and DeRaad et al. (2021). (Note Johnstone et al. (2014) shows that C. longirostis intergrades with C. indica in eastern Indonesia.


Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands checklist

Amur Falcon Falco amurensis added (identified from photographs - June 2021).

Taxon name change for Java Sparrow from Lonchura to Padda oryzivora.



Pseudomys fieldi synonymised within P. gouldii. Following the genetic research of Roycroft et al. (2021), Pseudomys fieldi has been found to be genetically identical to P. gouldii. As a result, P. fieldi is now a junior synonym of P. gouldii.

Roycroft, E., MacDonald, A.J., Moritz, C., Moussali, A., Portela Miguez, R. and Rowe, K.C. (2021). Museum genomics reveals the rapid decline and extinction of Australian rodents since European settlement. PNAS 118(27): e2021390118.


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2021 November changes.docx19.71 KB
Checklist of Birds of WA - November 2021.pdf698.01 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - November 2021.pdf498.83 KB
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2021 June changes.docx30.87 KB
Checklist of Birds of WA - June 2021.pdf692.58 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - June 2021.pdf570.05 KB
WA-Checklist-Terrestrial-Vertebrates-Nov 2020.xlsx1001.39 KB
2020, November, updated changes.pdf213.57 KB
Checklist of Birds of WA - November 2020.pdf709.71 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - November 2020.pdf467.47 KB
WA-Checklist-Terrestrial-Vertebrates-Apr 2020.xlsx329.57 KB
2020, April, updated changes.pdf89.63 KB
Checklist of Birds of WA - April 2020.pdf569.95 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - April 2020.pdf398.51 KB
WA-Checklist-Terrestrial-Vertebrates-Oct 2019.xlsx329.08 KB
2019, October, FINAL updated changes.pdf70.6 KB
Checklist of Birds of WA - October 2019.pdf523.05 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - October 2019.pdf350.24 KB
WA-Checklist-Terrestrial-Vertebrates- April 2019.xlsx296.41 KB
2019, updated changes.pdf128.36 KB
Checklist of Birds of WA - April 2019.pdf503.51 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - April 2019.pdf547.3 KB
WA-Checklist-Terrestrial-Vertebrates- 10 September 2018.xlsx276.91 KB
Changes-to-the-WAMuseum-Checklist-Sept-2018.pdf202.33 KB
Checklist of Birds of WA - September 2018.pdf502.12 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - September 2018.pdf547.35 KB
WA-Checklist-Terrestrial-Vertebrates- 16 April 2018.xlsx295.67 KB
Changes-to-the-WAMuseum-Checklist-Apr-2018.pdf124.98 KB
Checklist of Birds of WA - April 2018.pdf501.68 KB
Checklist of Birds of Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands - April 2018.pdf547.56 KB
WAMuseum-Checklist-Terrestrial-Vertebrates-11.10.2017.xlsx287.1 KB
Changes-to-the-WAMuseum-Checklist-Oct-2017.pdf88.33 KB
Checklist-of-Birds-of-Christmas-and-Cocos-(Keeling)-islands-August-2017.pdf543.24 KB
Checklist-of-Birds-of-WA-August-2017.pdf495.39 KB
Changes-to-WAMuseum-Checklist-August-2016.pdf178.49 KB
Changes to the WA Checklist 2015.pdf308.67 KB
Changes to the WA Checklist 2015b (Mammals).pdf92.46 KB
Changes to the WA Terrestrial Vertebrate checklist, 2012-2014.pdf155.16 KB