Birds

Birds2020-11-23T12:34:39+11:00

The banded lapwing has a distinctive white ear stripe, a yellow eye-ring, a black cap and a small red wattle over the bill. Its upper breast is black with a white bib, the wings are grey-brown and its underbelly white.

The Bar-shouldered dove is a medium-sized, long-tailed dove. Adults doves have a blue-grey head, neck and upper breast, with a distinctive reddish-bronze patch on the hindneck, with dark barring.

The Bar-shouldered dove is a medium-sized, long-tailed dove. Adults doves have a blue-grey head, neck and upper breast, with a distinctive reddish-bronze patch on the hindneck, with dark barring.

The blue-faced honeyeater is a large black, white and golden olive-green honeyeater with striking blue skin around the yellow to white eye. The crown, face and neck are black, with a narrow white band across the back of the neck.

The blue-winged kookaburra is a large kingfisher with a big square head and a long bill. It has a distinctive pale eye. The head is off-white with brown streaks, the shoulders are sky blue and it has a uniform blue rump.

The boobook owl does not possess the distinctive facial mask of the barn or masked owls. Boobook owls are the smallest of the Australian owl species, but they vary in size depending on where they live.

The bush stone-curlew has grey feathers with black and white streaks, tinted with varying shades of buff or brown. The bird’s plumage is a perfect camouflage against the bark, sticks and grass that are found throughout its habitat.

The common bronzewing is a cautious pigeon, and rarely allows close approach. If startled, it flies away with a clatter, keeping low to the ground while moving in a steady, direct manner.

The Eastern grass owl is a medium-sized, slim owl with long slender legs that are sparsely feathered. The heart-shaped facial disc is white in the male and pale orange buff with dark speckles in the female.

The Eclectus Parrot is a large parrot (43cm-45cm including tail) with marked sexual dimorphism (the male and female are different).

Surely one of the most beautiful of all the parrots, the male king parrot is resplendent in his plumage of scarlet red head and underparts, electric blue tail and emerald green wings and back.

This well-known bird is an iconic Australian species and is known for its ‘laughing’ call. This kookaburra has dark brown wings with white underpart and head.

Often called a pink cockatoo due to its soft pink body colouring, the Major Mitchell cockatoo is in fact named after Major Sir Thomas Mitchell, who was a surveyor and explorer of Southeast Australia during the 1800s.

The rainbow lorikeet is aptly named. Its head is violet-blue, upper breast is orange red, the abdomen is dark blue margined with some red and the back is bright green.

Bowerbirds are so named because of the intricate bower structures built by the males. These are not nests but display arenas to attract females.

The female cassowary can be distinguished from the male by her larger size, more vibrant colours around her head and neck and a larger casque, the helmet-like structure on top of the head.

The silvery-grey plumage streaked with black and brown and mottled with flecks of rusty brown and white provides these birds with the ability to sit in full view on an old tree stump in broad daylight and be practically invisible.

The topknot pigeon is a large grey pigeon with a swept back crest that is grey in front and rusty red behind, giving the head a unique shape.

The Torresian imperial pigeon is a large plump pigeon and is entirely white or pale cream, apart from the black flight feathers, part of the tail (rectrices) and spots on the undertail coverts.

Only the adult male has a truly white head in this species. In the female and immature birds the head and breast are often quite strongly tinged with grey.