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Animal (Animalia) - Chordate (Chordata) - Bird (Aves)
OrderFamilyBinomial NameNotesThumbnail
Bird of Prey
(Falconiformes)
Eagle & Hawk
(Accipitridae)
Brown Goshawk
(Accipiter fasciatus)
Black and white striped / barred breast.
Wedge Tailed Eagle
(Aquila audax)
Large majestic brown and tan hunter.
Falcon
(Falconidae)
Brown Falcon
(Falco berigora)
White breast, with thin brown stripes. Brown back and wings.
Cuckoo
(Cuculiformes)
Cuckoo
(Cuculidae)
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
(Chrysococcyx basalis)
Regular high pitched call, Brown and white barred breast. Metalic green and bronze back.
Dove and Pigeon
(Columbiformes)
Dove and Pigeon
(Columbidae)
Common Bronzewing
(Phaps chalcoptera)
Native pigeon. Bright, metalic green and bronze wing patterns. Solid dull bronze underwing. Clumsy / scatty.
Crested Pigeon
(Ocyphaps lophotes)
Timid, white and grey. Difficult to get close enough to photograph.
Flightless Bird
(Struthioniformes)
Emu
(Dromaidae)
Emu
(Dromaius novaehollandiae)
Big ugly bird. Runs like hell. Related to the ostrich.
Kingfisher
(Coraciiformes)
Bee-eater
(Meropidae)
Rainbow Bee-eater
(Merops ornatus)
One of the most colourful birds that visits our reserves. Smallish. Black, yellow, blue, green and brown / chestnut.
Tree Kingfisher
(Halcyonidae)
Red-backed Kingfisher
(Todiramphus pyrrhopygius)
Typical kingfisher with massive beak cf body. White breast, blue winges, red back.
Nightbird
(Caprimulgiformes)
Frogmouth
(Podargidae)
Tawny Frogmouth
(Podargus strigoides)
Strange bird. Looks like an upright branch stump in a tree. Motley brown.
Nightjar
(Caprimulgidae)
Spotted Nightjar
(Eurostopodus argus)
Nests on the ground. Uses camouflage for protection.
Owlet-nightjar
(Aegotheliformes)
Owlet-nightjar
(Aegothelidae)
Australian Owlet-nightjar
(Aegotheles cristatus)
What big cute eyes you have.
Parrot
(Psittaciformes)
Cockatoo
(Cacatuidae)
Galah
(Eolophus roseicapilla)
Pink breast, grey back and wings. Noisy bugger. They have character.
Parrot
(Psittacidae)
Budgerigar
(Melopsittacus undulatus)
Never seen one in the wild. Green breast, yellow & blue throat. Zebra like barrs on the head.
Mallee Ring-Neck Parrot
(Platycercus barnardi)
When flying away they are an iridescent display of vivid green and black tips.
Mulga Parrot
(Psephotus varius)
A chatty colourful bird. Often seen nesting at the main campsite.
Perching Bird
(Passeriformes)
Australasian Babbler
(Pomatostomidae)
Chestnut-crowned Babbler
(Pomatostomus ruficeps)
Very similar to the more common white-browed babbler. Easy to miss-identify.
White-browed Babbler
(Pomatostomus superciliosus)
Always chatting. Skipping from one bush to the next. A look out keeps thme out of camera range;-)
Australasian Robin
(Petroicidae)
Eastern Yellow Robin
(Eopsaltria australis)
A pretty little Australian gem.
Flame Robin
(Petroica phoenicea)
Not the best photo, sorry. We are aiming to get at least one record of every species.
Hooded Robin
(Melanodryas cucullata)
Male is black & white. Females & jouveniles are motly brown and white. Similar to Jacky winters.
Jacky Winter
(Microeca fascinans)
A plain but petite pretty bird. Unlike the hooded robin they have a white throat.
Red-capped Robin
(Petroica goodenovii)
Female is prettiest, petite bird. Male has bright right cap and breast, black wings & back. White under.
Southern Scrub-Robin
(Drymodes brunneopygia)
Run alot. Don't fly much. Well camouflaged at the base of bushes.
Australian Fairy-wren
(Maluridae)
Splendid Fairy-wren
(Malurus splendens)
Bright blue mischievous rascal. Will sing loudly to distract you away from nest and family.
Superb Fairy-wren
(Malurus cyaneus)
More formal looking than the splendid; like wearing a grey suit with a black & sky blue scarf and cap.
Variegated Fairy-wren
(Malurus lamberti)
Very similar to the Superb, but with a chestnut scarf.
White-winged Fairy-wren
(Malurus leucopterus)
The all blue body on this fellow makes the white of the wings look radiant.
Australian Mud-nester
(Corcoracidae)
White-winged Chough
(Corcorax melanorhamphos)
A menacing dark red eye is only visible on the brightest of days. The white is only visible when in flight as a band.
Australian Treecreeper
(Climacteridae)
Brown Treecreeper
(Climacteris picumnus)
Big feet! Vocal brown birds always inspecting the bark of trees for insects and other food.
Australian Warbler
(Pardalotidae)
Striated Pardalote
(Pardalotus striatus)
Attractive array of yellow, grey, fawn, black + a red dot. It's monotonous call gets very tedious.
Crow
(Artamidae)
Autralian Raven
(Corvus coronoides)
A gr8 laugh to hear the call trailing off. Sounds like it's falling out of the sky.
Dusky Woodswallow
(Artamus cyanopterus)
The blue beak contrasts starkly with the brown body.
Grey Butcherbird
(Cracticus torquatus)
A smartly dressed (in grey, black & white) inquisitive bird.
Grey Currawong
(Stepera versicolor)
Another black bird that's difficult to photograph. A brilliant yellow eye.
Little Raven
(Corvus mellori)
A flock of Aussies having a drink down at the water hole.
Masked Woodswallow
(Artamus personatus)
Such a serious fellow with its blue beak, black face and gray body and wings.
White-browed Woodswallow
(Artamus superciliosus)
Often found roosting with their Masked cousins. But never mating together.
Cuckoo-shrike
(Campephagidae)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
(Coracina novaehollandiae)
A fairly large pretty grey bird with black face and white under.
White-winged Triller
(Lalage tricolor)
A seasonal traveller thru our parts. Much smaller and whiter than a magpie, so it's easy to differentiate.
Fantail
(Rhipiduridae)
Willie Wagtail
(Rhipidura leucophrys)
Cheeky. White brow, faint white cheek line, jet black head, with wings trailing to dark brown.
Flowerpecker
(Dicaeidae)
Mistltoebird
(Dicaeum hirundinaceum)
Female brown with apricot rump. Male bright red breast and rump with black dinner jacket. Short tail.
Honeyeater
(Meliphagidae)
Brown-headed Honeyeater
(Melithreptus brevirostris)
White ring around the eye makes it look bulging. Olive green back, and grey-white breast.
Pied Honeyeater
(Certhionyx variegatus)
Similar to a triller except for the black throat. Larger than the hooded robin.
Singing Honeyeater
(Lichenostomus virescens)
Generally olive with a black strip thru the eye, with a yellow highlight.
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
(Acanthagenys rufogularis)
Black & pink beak. Apricot breast bleeding to black & white freckled under. Blue eye. Yellow cheek highlight.
White-eared Honeyeater
(Lichenostomus leucotis)
Dark olive with rectangluar white patch around the ear.
White-fronted Chat
(Epthianura albifrons)
Female has blue/grey front. Male is painted white face. Both with a black tie & brown jacket.
White-fronted Honeyeater
(Phylidonyris albifrons)
Raucous. Pronounced yellow & white stripes on black wings. Red spot above back corner of eye.
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
(Lichenostomus ornatus)
Orange and black beak. Yellow stipe behind the ears. Generally grey and olive otherwise.
Pipits & Wagtails
(Motacillidae)
Australasian Pipit
(Anthus novaeseelandiae)
Chestnut scales and grey under. White brow and beard join behind the eye (not always visible).
Quail-thrush
(Cinclosomatidae)
Chestnut Quail-thrush
(Cinclosoma castanotum)
Runs alot. Easily confused with babbler, but prettier. Blue-grey breast, white under, chestnut back.
Sittella
(Neosittidae)
Varied Sittella
(Daphoenositta chrysoptera)
Always upside down. Very pretty black & white checkered rump. Yellow legs, beak and eye-ring.
Swallow
(Hirundinidae)
Tree Martin
(Petrochelidon nigricans)
Like woodswallows when flying. Rusty forehead + rump, black jacket, brown steaked white breast.
Thickhead
(Pachycephalidae)
Gilbert's Whistler
(Pachycephala inornata)
Throws their voice, so hard to find. Beautiful, loud song.
Rufous Whistler
(Pachycephala rufiventris)
Identification required.
Thornbill
(Acanthizidae)
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill
(Acanthiza uropygialis)
Very numerous and not timid. It's a treat to watch them feed so close.
Southern Whiteface
(Aphelocephala leucopsis)
Quite timid. The white across the forehead is quite obvious even for such a small bird.
Weebill
(Smicrornis brevirostris)
Smallest Australian bird. Very active. Never sit still. Sits with cousin Pardalote quite happily.
Yellow Thornbill
(Acanthiza nana)
The yellow makes it more striking than the other thornbills.
Whistler
(Pachycephalidae)
Grey Shrike-thrush
(Colluricincla harmonica)
What a song. Pretty, but plain coloured (grey shades) Juveniles: rufous eye + breast markings.
White-eye
(Zosteropidae)
Silvereye
(Zosterops lateralis)
Pretty green to grey to olive. White eye-ring isn't easily visible, surprisingly.
Off-Reserve photographs Subjects distinguished by the have been sighted on our reserves.
Bird of Prey
(Falconiformes)
Falcon
(Falconidae)
Grey Falcon
(Falco hypoleucos)
Glad I'm not a mouse. Grey predator; but beautiful like a spitfire.
Kingfisher
(Coraciiformes)
Tree Kingfisher
(Halcyonidae)
Laughing kookaburra
(Dacelo novaeguineae)
What a joke! Big beak, white head & breast, blue wing to grey back.
Parrot
(Psittaciformes)
Cockatoo
(Cacatuidae)
Little Corrella
(Cacatua sanguinea)
Little terror more like. All white, with blue eye and red cere. Small white head crest.
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
(Cacatua galerita)
King of the parrots. Sulphur yellow head crest that raises when threatened. Otherwise all white.
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
(Calyptorhynchus funereus)
Male has red eye-ring. Seems to keep multiple females, rather than pairs. Yellow ear feathers.
Parrot
(Psittacidae)
Crimson Rosella
(Platycercus elegans)
Brilliant red front with blue highlights (wing coverts, tail + throat). Black & olive dabbled back.
Rainbow Lorikeet
(Trichoglossus haematodus)
Raucous. Orange beak, purple head + rump, yellow shoulder, bright green back, red breast
Perching Bird
(Passeriformes)
Australian Fairy-wren
(Maluridae)
Superb Fairy-wren
(Malurus cyaneus)
See above.
Australian Treecreeper
(Climacteridae)
White-throated Treecreeper
(Cormobates leucophaea)
White front, grey/black back, dapled in between. Chestnut highlight on the cheek. Big feet!
Crow
(Artamidae)
Australian Magpie
(Cracticus tibicen)
Black and white. Females have more grey instead of white. Raven-like. Have a worbling song.
Fantail
(Rhipiduridae)
Grey Fantail
(Rhipidura fuliginosa)
A great chirpy character. Smaller than Willie Wagtail, with a black tie and fawn breast.
Flowerpecker
(Dicaeidae)
Mistltoebird
(Dicaeum hirundinaceum)
See above.
Honeyeater
(Meliphagidae)
Brown-headed Honeyeater
(Melithreptus brevirostris)
See above.
Eastern Spinebill
(Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)
One of my favourites. Clean cut, black, white & fawn. Looks like it's got a waist-coat.
New Holland Honeyeater
(Phylidonyris novaehollandiae)
Very common. Yellow wing coverts. White and black streaks. White eye-ball with black pupil.
Noisy Minor
(Manorina melanocephala)
Agressive to birds. Orange beak & legs. Yellow eye patch. Grey motley breast.
Red Wattlebird
(Anthochaera carunculata)
Beautiful white spear patterns on grey/black back. Red wattles under the ears.
White-naped Honeyeater
(Melithreptus lunatus)
Orange eye-brow, black head, olive back, grey front. Oh, and a white nape.
Monarch Flycatcher
(Monarchidae)
Murray Magpie
(Grallina cyanoleuca)
Stark white and black. Smaller than, and unrelated to, Aussie Magpie.
Thornbill
(Acanthizidae)
Brown Thornbill
(Acanthiza pusilla)
Plain but pretty. Typical thornbill - inquisitive, always on the go.
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
(Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)
A striking black forehead with white streaks / dots. Constrasts to pale yellow breast. Olive back.
Weaver-finch
(Estrildidae)
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
(Lonchura castaneothorax)
A long way from home. Socialises with red firetails well.
Red-browed Firetail
(Neochmia temporalis)
Striking red brow, beak and tail. Olive back. Grey breast & head.
Whistler
(Pachycephalidae)
Grey Shrike-thrush
(Colluricincla harmonica)
See above.
White-eye
(Zosteropidae)
Silvereye
(Zosterops lateralis)
See above.

(Pelecaniformes)
Pelican
(Pelecanidae)
Australian Pelican
(Pelecanus conspicillatus)
Huge beak to swallow fish whole. Whilte, yellow eye-ring, blue legs & feet, black wings. Big water bird.
Stork
(Ciconiiformes)
Heron
(Ardeidae)
White-faced Heron
(Egretta novaehollandiae)
Tall, long yellow legs, white face, grey feathers, black beak, long grey neck.
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