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Images of Australian native birds


This web page contains images of Australian native birds.

Although beginning with only a few dozen of the 826 native birds, the number will grow as more of our feathered friends sit still long enough, and close enough, to have their picture taken.

The scientific name has been bypassed as I don't believe it is as relevant to the general public as it is with flora. The location where the photo was taken is included in brackets.

Profiles

Australian King-Parrot profile
Australian King-Parrot


Channel-billed Cuckoo (juvenile) profile
Channel-billed Cuckoo (juvenile)


Crimson Rosella profile
Crimson Rosella


Laughing Kookaburra profile
Laughing Kookaburra


Rainbow Lorikeet profile
Rainbow Lorikeet


Sulphur-crested Cockatoo profile
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo


Tawny Frogmouth profile
Tawny Frogmouth
Images

Apostlebird
Australian Magpie
Australian Pelican
Australian Raven
Australian Ringneck
Australian Wood Duck
Black-backed Magpie
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Black Swan
Common Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Eastern Spinebill
Eurasian Coot
Galah
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Grey Butcherbird
Grey Currawong
Grey Fantail
Grey Shrike-thrush
Little Corella
Magpie-lark
Mallee Ringneck
New Holland Honeyeater


Noisy Miner
Pacific Bazza
Pacific Black Duck
Pacific Gull
Peaceful Dove
Pied Butcherbird
Pied Currawong
Powerful Owl
Red Wattlebird
Red-browed Finch
Red-capped Parrot
Satin Bowerbird
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Silver Gull
Silvereye
Singing Honeyeater
Spotted Pardalote
Twenty-eight Parrot
Western Magpie
Western Rosella
White-browed Scrubwren
White-faced Heron
White-plumed Honeyeater
White-throated Treecreeper


Glossary. ACT - Australian Capital Territory; NP National Park; NSW - New South Wales;
NT - Northern Territory; Qld - Queensland; SA - South Australia; Vic. - Victoria; WA - Western Australia.

Western Rosella image pa240231 79KB
Western Rosella
Found in the south west of WA, the male Western Rosella (above) has more distinct colours than the female which is mottled with green.
The Eastern Rosella has more yellow on its back and underside, plus it has white cheeks. (Albany, WA)
Australian Ringneck image pa270222 165KB
Australian Ringneck
(Twenty-eight Parrot)
There are several races of this parrot. The Twenty-Eight Parrot is named after its call.
Another is the Port Lincoln Parrot which has a yellow belly and little red above its beak. (Pemberton, WA).
Mallee Ringneck image p9010115 201KB
Australian Ringneck
(Mallee Ringneck)
Found in the arid parts of NSW, Victoria and Queensland, the Mallee Ringneck is distinguished from the other members of its family by its blue/green head and the orange on its chest. (Cobar, NSW)
Common Galah image pb010539 178KB
Galah
The Galah is found throughout Australia and its numbers are increasing - most probably due to land clearing.
The male has dark eyes; the female red eyes. (Mungo NP, NSW)
Gang-gang Cockatoo (female) image p3120525 180KB
Gang-gang Cockatoo (female)
Found in the forests of south-eastern Australia, the female is easily distinguished from the male (see right).
The meal at hand is the nut from a conestick. (Leura, NSW)
Gang-gang Cockatoo (male) image p3120522 91KB
Gang-gang Cockatoo (male)
Aboriginal legend has it that the Waratah received its crimson colour from the male Gang-gang Cockatoo.
Its call resembles a very creaky door. (Leura, NSW)
Little Corella image p8210069 140KB
Little Corella
Identified by the blue around its eyes, and lack of red on its chest, the Little Corella can be found throughout the semi-arid regions of Australia. (Hay, NSW)
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet image DSC_0106 90KB
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Found along the east coast and hinterland, it is the only Lorikeet that has a completely green head.
Photo by Martin Kandilas
Red-capped Parrot image pa240251 161KB
Red-capped Parrot
Found in south-western Australia the Red-capped Parrot has a longer slimmer beak to enable it to get into gumnuts. (Albany, WA)
Singing Honeyeater image p8280431 141KB
Singing Honeyeater
Found throughout Australia except on the eastern seaboard. The Birds In Backyards website provides further information. (Port Neill, SA)
White-plumed Honeyeater image p8240262 160KB
White-plumed Honeyeater
Identified by the white plume on its neck, this honeyeater is found in most parts of Australia except the tropical north. (Quorn, SA)
New Holland Honeyeater image p9100261 182KB
New Holland Honeyeater
There are over 50 native birds called honeyeater. This one is distinguished from similar birds by the white around its eyes. It is found in south-eastern Australia and the south-west of WA.
New Holland was an early name for Australia. (Leura, NSW)
Satin Bowerbird image p8240446 144KB
Satin Bowerbird (female)
This stunning bird has the most vivid blue eyes. The male Satin Bowerbird is a shiny bluish black - thus its name. (Leura, NSW)
Red Wattlebird image p9170115 194KB
Red Wattlebird
The Red Wattlebird has a distinctive pinkish red wattle near its ear. Its red eyes also differentiate it from other wattlebirds. The Red Wattlebird is found in the south of all mainland southern states. (Cheltenham, NSW)
Australian Wood Duck image pa290277 167KB
Australian Wood Duck
Found mainly in south-eastern Australia, the male Australian Wood Duck has a solid darker-brown head; the female's head is a lighter brown with pale stripes. (Cowra, NSW)
Black Swan image p8290207 92KB
Black Swan
Although the Black Swan is a symbol of Western Australia, it is found throughout the waterways of Australia. Its cygnets (baby swans) are grey. (Canberra, ACT)
Pacific Black Duck image pc090048 208KB
Pacific Black Duck
The Pacific Black Duck is mainly found in eastern Australian waterways and the south-west of WA. The male and female are very similar. (Cheltenham, NSW)
Powerful Owl image pa150444 123KB
Powerful Owl
The largest owl in Australia, and apparently the only owl that has the standard "hoot hoot" call.
To hear its call, and learn much more, visit the excellent Owl Pages website.
It is a threatened species. (Lane Cove NP, NSW)
Australian Magpie image p9230004 178KB
Australian Magpie
(Black-backed Magpie)
The Australian Magpie has the one of the most beautiful calls. Its white collar and red eyes distinguish it from other black birds. The Black-backed Magpie is found in eastern Australia. (Cheltenham, NSW)
Western Magpie image pa240124 203KB
Australian Magpie
(Western Magpie)
The Western Magpie is found in south-western Australia.

The female Australian Magpie's white collar is mottled grey. (Albany, WA)
Australian Magpie (juvenile) image p5130379 118KB
Australian Magpie
(juvenile)
The juvenile Australian Magpie has a grey mottled look, and its eyes are brown. It tends to follow its parents around screeching to be fed - even when it is nearly fully grown. (Cheltenham, NSW)
Pied Currawong image pc200285 90KB
Pied Currawong
Found in eastern Australia, the Pied Currawong is often heard referred to as a magpie - but its yellow eyes and all black collar readily distinguish it. (Leura, NSW)
Grey Currawong image p9190261 96KB
Grey Currawong
The Grey Currawong occurs across the southern Australian states. It has several variations including brown and black. The yellow eyes help identify it as a Currawong. (Leura, NSW)
Magpie-lark image pa170052 73KB
Magpie-lark (female)
The Magpie-lark is smaller than the Magpie. It is widely known as the Peewee due to its call. The male has a black throat and a white patch over his eye. (Broome, WA)
Australian Raven image pa130051 109KB
Australian Raven
The Australian Raven is all black and has white eyes. It is distinguished from other "black birds" by the shaggy feathers on its throat. (Perth, WA)
Australian Raven image DSC_0225 62KB
Australian Raven (juvenile)
The juvenile Australian Raven has light blue eyes. (Geelong, Vic.)
Photo by Martin Kandilas
Pied Butcherbird image DSC_0647 75KB
Pied Butcherbird
The Pied Butcherbird is found in most parts of Australia. Butcherbirds are easily identified by their characteristic hooked-beak. (Nerang, Qld)
Photo by Martin Kandilas
Pied Butcherbirds (immature) image DSC_0628 132KB
Pied Butcherbirds (immature)
Immature Pied Butcherbirds are distinguished by the grey bib - which turns black as they mature. (Southport, Qld)
Photo by Martin Kandilas
Grey Butcherbird image DSC_7823 71KB
Grey Butcherbird
Identified by their grey back and white lores (patch between the eye and the beak). Butcherbirds' beaks have a blue tinge.
Photo by Martin Kandilas
Apostlebird image pc020071 175KB
Apostlebird
The Apostlebird is a ground forager - where it is frequently seen. It is found in non-coastal Queensland and NSW. The birds at Mungo seem to be bluer than the browner ones found in reference books. (Mungo NP, NSW)
Noisy Miner image DSC_5653 101KB
Noisy Miner
A fearless medium size bird that "shapes up" to Magpies and Currawongs. Its distinctive cry of alarm when a threat appears, rapidly brings the whole family around.
Photo by Martin Kandilas
Noisy Miner image p2100016 95KB
Noisy Miner
Found on the east coast and hinterland from northern Queensland around to Adelaide.
The Australian Museum has a good reference web-page. (Cheltenham, NSW)
Common Bronzewing image pa240271 76KB
Common Bronzewing (male)
The aptly named Common Bronzewing can be found throughout Australia. The female has a grey forehead compared to the male's cream forehead. (Albany, WA)
Peaceful Dove image pa160430 152KB
Peaceful Dove
The Peaceful Dove is found in the eastern states and the north of WA and the NT. The light blue circle around its eyes easily distinguish it. It is a ground forager. (Cape Leveque, WA)
Crested Pigeon image DSC_7802 144KB
Crested Pigeon
Found in most parts of Australia, its wings make a distinctive woop, woop, woop sound when taking off.
Photo by Martin Kandilas
Grey Shrike-thrush image p8070655 168KB
Grey Shrike-thrush (male)
The Grey Shrike-thrush is found all over Australia, and as with many birds it has slight variations in this area. The female has a white ring around its eyes. (Leura, NSW)
Red-browed Finch image p3250074 135KB
Red-browed Finch
This poor little bird crashed into our window, and was stunned for quite awhile before recovering and flying away. (It's left foot is not caught.) It is found along the eastern coast and tablelands from Cape York to Adelaide. (Leura, NSW)
White-faced Heron image p5200501 141KB
White-faced Heron
The White-faced Heron is found through most of Australia. It is characterised by its light grey feathers, white face and yellow legs. (Lane Cove NP, NSW)
Eurasian Coot image p1140163 162KB
Eurasian Coot
It is found throughout the waterways of Australia. Instead of webbed feet, it has broad flattened toes. (Wentworth Falls, NSW)
Silver Gull DSC_5871 83KB
Silver Gull
More commonly known in Australia as a seagull. Silver Gulls are found wherever there is water - salt or fresh.
Photo by Martin Kandilas
Silver Gull p1250184 83KB
Silver Gulls
They are known as scavengers, but perform a valuable service in this regard. The juvenile has dark legs, eyes and beak. (Dutton Bay, SA)
White-throated Treecreeper image p8100070 77KB
White-throated Treecreeper
(female)
The White-throated Treecreeper is found on the coast and adjacent ranges from mid Queensland around to Adelaide. The female has an orange mark on her cheek. Their back is a solid browny-grey colour. (Leura, NSW)
Spotted Pardalote image p8020142 82KB
Spotted Pardalote
(male)
The Spotted Pardalote is found in the forests and woodland in the southern part of Australia. The female has a cream throat. (Lane Cove NP, NSW)
Eastern Spinebill image p9040608 94KB
Eastern Spinebill
(female)
The female Eastern Spinebill has an olive-grey crown, whereas the male has a glossy black head. (Lane Cove NP, NSW)
White-browed Scrubwren image p5270304 143KB
White-browed Scrubwren
One of many busy little brown birds. It is found along the coast and adjacent ranges in the southern half of Australia.
(Lane Cove NP, NSW)
Silvereye image p8020142 143KB
Silvereye
Easily identified - if you can get close to this nervous little bird. It is also found along the coast and adjacent ranges in the southern half of Australia. (Dutton Bay, SA)
Grey Fantail image pa200200 78KB
Grey Fantail
A member of the unmistakable Fantail family - which includes the Willie Wagtail. The Grey Fantail is found throughout Australia.
(Lane Cove NP, NSW)
Pacific Bazza image p9060183 116KB
Pacific Bazza
Bearing the distinctive hooked beak of a bird of prey, the Pacific Bazza was formerly called "Crested Hawk". It can be identified by the crest on its head. (Lane Cove NP, NSW)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike image pa170037 72KB
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
The Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike is found throughout Australia. This fellow has just caught a grass-hopper. (Broome, WA)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike image p9160151 101KB
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
This shows the marvellous back pattern of the Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike. (Lane Cove NP, NSW)
Australian Pelican image p1280290 97KB
Australian Pelican
"A wonderful bird is the pelican
His bill will hold more than his beli-can.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week,
But I'm damned if I can see how the helican"
.
Dixon Lanire Merrith, "The Pelican" (1910)
(Port Neill, SA)
Australian Pelican image p1280264 97KB
Australian Pelican
Found throughout Australia - wherever there is fresh or salt water.
When breeding, their bill goes pink and a yellow patch forms on their chest.
The Australian Museum has a good reference web-page. (Port Neill, SA)
Australian Pelican image p1240035 156KB
Australian Pelican
Arguably the most recognisable bird in the world.
Ungainly on land, but graceful in the air, and efficient in the water. (Dutton Bay, SA)
Pacific Gull image p1270220 101KB
Pacific Gull (juvenile)
Juvenile Pacific Gulls have dark feathers and legs, and take several years to mature. (Port Neill, SA)
Pacific Gull image p1270219 80KB
Pacific Gull
Pacific Gulls are found in large families along the southern coast of Australia. (Port Neill, SA)
Pacific Gull image p1240019 154KB
Pacific Gull
Easily recognised by its red "lipstick", the Pacific Gull is twice as large as the Silver Gull. (Dutton Bay, SA)
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