Australian Coot

Australian Coot

The Australian Coot is the Australian version of the Eurasian Coot.  Seems it is just commonly known as the Australian Coot in these parts.  It is a common waterbird found wandering in the shallows of dams, lakes and rivers.  It is a member of the rail and crake bird family and found in Australia, New […]

White Winged Chough

White Winged Chough

The White Winged Chough is a decent sized bird that is a bit bigger than a Magpie but a bit smaller than an Australian Raven or Crow. The White Winged Chough is found throughout most of eastern and south-eastern mainland Australia, but are absent from northern Queensland. They are a bird that tend to inhabit […]

Superb Fairywren

Superb Fairywren

The Superb Fairywren is a delightful little bird that inhabits many gardens. It is also seen in the bush. The Superb Fairywren male’s plumage is quite spectacular when breeding with its contrasting blue and black. The wings are brown and the body goes to grey. Non breeding males, females and young have more of a […]

Grey Butcherbird

Grey Butcherbird

The Grey Butcherbird is a mid sized bird that is widely spread throughout Australia. It is distinguishable from the Pied Butcherbird by the white collar around its neck. The Pied Butcherbird has a black bib. The Greay Butcherbird is found in a wide range of habitats including eucalypt forests, open woodland and even dry and […]

Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow

The Welcome Swallow is a migratory bird that turns up in the southern areas of Australia during the summer. It can be a bit of a nuisance by building nests inside sheds and eaves. Because it builds its nest from mud, they are not easily dislodged or cleaned up when they have headed back north. […]

Weebill

Weebill

The Weebill is Australia’s smallest bird.  It has an olive grey type upper side to it and paler, yellowish underparts.  It tends to go from a more brownish type plumage in the south of Australia to more yellow in the tropical areas. The Weebill is found throughout most of Australia except Tasmania. It inhabits woodlands, […]

Buff Rumped Thornbill

Buff Rumped Thornbill

The Buff Rumped Thornbill, or “Butterbum” as it is known locally, is a small bird that inhabits a wide range in Australia.  The Buff Rumped Thornbill inhabits open forest. I find the Buff Rumped Thornbill and the Yellow Rumped Thornbill to be very similar and difficult to split at times. Probably my colour blindness! Wikipedia […]

Australian Raven

Australian Raven

The Australian Raven is one of our larger birds. It is spread widely in eastern and southern Australia and is quite common.  The Australian Raven has adapted well to urban areas where it will scavenge food waste and other rubbish.  It is an opportunistic feeder that is often found around road kill as well.  It […]

Jacky Winter

Jacky Winter

The Jacky Winter is a small grey and brownish type robin.  It is quite common throughout Australia and is apparently also found in PNG. The name Jacky Winter almost implies that the bird is only seen in winter, but its name comes from its call.  It tends to inhabit open type woodlands and bush.  The […]

Restless Flycatcher

Restless Flycatcher

The Restless Flycatcher is also known by a number of other names including Razor Grinder, Scissor Grinder, Dishlicker or Dishwasher.  This is because of its unusual call. The Restless Flycatcher also is distinguished by the crest on its head, although this is not always visible.  During the cooler months of the year, the Restless Flycatcher […]