Bird Families

Golden-Winged Honey / Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus


What is worth going to Australia for is, of course, the parrots. They are everywhere. Many are very noticeable, loud and funny. It is difficult to describe the pure childish joy when you see a cockatoo for the first time in nature!

Black looks especially exotic, for example, Banks' funeral cockatoo. This male is from Mareeba Wetlands

Pink cockatoos are quite common. This one from Wilson Promontory, also seen a lot of them in the Blue Mountains

There are a lot of places, incl. in large cities, you can find a large yellow-crested cockatoo. These from the Blue Mountains

Perhaps the most common parrot is the multicolored lorikeet. These are from Murramarang National Park and from the town of Ulladulla

Royal Parrot from Murramarang National Park too

Red rosella is also common. This one from the Blue Mountains, also saw a lot of them in the Wilson Promontory

I met an ordinary rosella only once on Phillip Island

It would seem why they bring parrots to Australia from other places. But they do. And here's to you, just like in Europe, the escaped Aleksandrov ringed parrot on Green Island

A monstrous disappointment was, of course, that I did not see the budgerigar

Shiny Bronze Cuckoo from Macleod Morass Game Reserve

Azure Kingfisher from the banks of the Daintree river

The symbol of Australia is the laughing kookabara. This one is from Murramarang National Park, and so ponies are everywhere

Let's start with an interesting family of bowerbirds. Like all of them, the satin bowerbird builds buildings from branches and grass. In this case, in the form of a gutter. Uses blue and yellow items for decoration. The older the male, the more blue objects he uses. In general, they live in large noisy groups. These (male, possibly 2 females, young) from Murramarang National Park

Another almost background bird and, in combination, another symbol of Australia is a beautiful painted malyur. Male and female from Cape Conran Coastal Park. Despite the appearance and the English name (Superb Fairy-wren), it has nothing to do with wrens

Another Australian family is the spiky beak. Mostly nondescript small birds, often causing difficulty in identifying. Although the white-browed bush is easy to recognize by its hawk-like look. This one was spotted at the Maits Rest Rainforest Boardwalk in the Great Otway National Park 200 kilometers southwest of Melbourne. We met often in other places, for example, in Wilson Promontory and in the town of Kiama

Or here's another typical representative - the striped prickly beak from the Blue Mountains

Another purely Australian family is the Rainbow Birds (Pardalotidae). Only four species are related to Thornbeaks. All more or less spotted, as their name translates from the Greek.
Met two species. Leopard rainbow bird (male) from Phillip island

Striped rainbow bird from the same place

A large and varied predominantly Australian family of honeymoses (Meliphagidae). Found in one form or another everywhere. Despite the external and behavioral similarities with the flower beetles and nectarians, honeyconifers are not their close relatives. What we see is a manifestation of convergent evolution.
Here are some examples. Yellow honey sucker from the Cairns area at Trinity Beach

Yellow-winged mead is common. This one from the Blue Mountains

Small serpentine honey sucker from the town of Ulladulla

A red-lobed serpentine honey sucker from Wilson Promontory. Also saw him in Sydney, Blue Mountains and Wallaga Lake

The black-capped manorina is very common in the parks of Sydney.

Masked Shrike Larvae from Phillip Island from Campephagidae

Australian Whistlers (Pachycephalidae)
Bighead Tit behaved like a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker on Maits Rest Rainforest Boardwalk

Golden Whistler (male and female) from Blue Mountains

The female of the necklace whistler. Why not a gray flycatcher

Gray-breasted Shrike Flytrap with Maits Rest Rainforest Boardwalk. Found everywhere

The white-throated fig oriole around Kearns was also a common sight. Male from Trinity Beach, young male from Daintree Forest. Unlike other Orioles, they often hang out in groups.

Swallow shrike (Artamidae) is also a very common family
The White-bellied Swallow Shrike is also from Trinity Beach. Described by Linnaeus. I saw him in Bohol in the Philippines.

Twilight Artam (Swallow Shrike) from Phillip Island

Further, 4 species of Artamidae perform the function of crows in Australia. They do not belong to the crows, but they left not far from them.
Black flute bird from Daintree Forest

The whistling crow performs the function of a magpie, very aptly in English called the Australian Magpie. This one is from Sydney, but is everywhere

A variegated flutist crow. These from Cape Conran Coastal Park and Dalesford

Hooded Crow Flutist with Phillip Island

And actually corvids.
The Australian crow looks more like a small crow (in English it is called the Australian crow). There are plenty of them. They behave like our crows. Trying to destroy the nests. Here are some pictures of a black and white fantail on Wallaga Lake trying to drive it away from its nest. She doesn't react. Screams disgusting

Appropriately, the brave bird is the black and white fantail from Trinity Beach. Very common. Known to attack anyone who approaches the nest. Even a human

Fantail rhipidura albiscapa (Gray Fantail). There is no Russian name, and I could not think of it. The Gray Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa) is already there. Couldn't translate albiscapa from Latin. White-throated too (Rhipidura albogularis). Can be called variegated or Australian. She is the most common there

doc writes:
ekopa! Great pictures!

We continue with the Monarchs (Monarchidae)
The Shiny Monarch female from the banks of the Daintree River

Oddly enough, the Australian grallina also belongs to this family. This male is from the vicinity of Cairns, but is found everywhere.

Australian robins (Petroicidae) are endemic to Australia and the surrounding islands.
Fire-breasted petroika (male and female) from the town of Dalesford

Golden-bellied Robin Flycatcher from Cape Conran Coastal Park

Gray-fronted white-footed flycatcher from Queensland

They were lucky with skates - only one kind. Australian Pipit off the coast of Victoria

With white eyes in general, too. This is the most common and easily distinguished from the rest. Silver white eye from Wilson Promontory. I also saw her in Cape Conran Coastal Park, on Green Island, in the town of Kiama

The background swallow is New Guinea. Exactly brown-throated. It is very difficult to distinguish, but the second is very rare. This one is from Phillip Island. In English - Welcome Swallow, so named because it is also a harbinger of spring.

Olive-Tailed Groundbird from Maits Rest Rainforest Boardwalk

Well, the familiar to everyone is an ordinary myna from Sydney

And the yellow-bellied sunbird (female) from Green Island

The last bird is the swallow flower beetle from Trinity Beach, a male with juveniles of different ages.

emu, dromaius novaehollandiae, Emu
orange-footed bigfoot, megapodius reinwardt, Orange-footed Scrubfowl
shrub leg, alectura lathami, Australian Brush-turkey
wandering whistling-duck, dendrocygna arcuata, Wandering Whistling-duck
speckled duck, stictonetta naevosa, Freckled Duck
black swan, cygnus atratus, Black Swan
chicken goose, cereopsis novaehollandiae, Cape Barren Goose
maned duck, chenonetta jubata, Australian Wood Duck
half-footed goose, anseranas semipalmata, Magpie goose
Shelving Raja, tadorna radjah, Radjah Shelduck
Australian brilliant teal, nettapus pulchellus, Green Pygmy-goos
australian duck, aythya australis, hardhead
mallard, anas platyrhynchos, Mallard
gray mallard, anas superciliosa, Pacific Black Duck
gray teal, anas gracilis, Gray Teal
chestnut teal, anas castanea, Chestnut Teal
Australian grebe, tachybaptus novaehollandiae, Australasian Grebe
Chinese dove, spilopelia chinensis, Spotted Dove
rock pigeon, columba livia, Rock Pigeon
peaceful turtledove, geopelia striata, Peaceful Dove, la Geopélie placide
bronze-winged pigeon, phaps chalcoptera, Common Bronzewing
crested bronze-winged pigeon, ocyphaps lophotes, Crested Pigeon
partridge stone pigeon, geophaps scripta, Squatter Pigeon
bicolor fruit pigeon, ducula bicolor, Pied Imperial Pigeon
rose-crowned motley pigeon, ptilinopus regina, Rose-crowned Fruit-dove
long-tailed spotted pigeon, ptilinopus magnificus, Wompoo Fruit-dove
white-capped albatross, thalassarche cauta, steadi, White-capped Albatross, Shy Albatross
short-billed petrel, puffinus tenuirostris, Short-tailed Shearwater
little penguin, eudyptula minor, Little Penguin
Australian gannet, morus serrator, Australasian Gannet
Australian darling, anhinga novaehollandiae, Australasian Darter
cormorant, phalacrocorax carbo, Great Cormorant
lesser black cormorant, phalacrocorax sulcirostris, Little Black Cormorant
lesser spotted cormorant, microcarbo melanoleucos, Little Pied Cormorant
Australian Pelican, pelecanus conspicillatus, Australian Pelican
barnacle heron, egretta novaehollandiae, White-faced Heron
white-necked heron, ardea pacifica, white-necked heron
Egyptian heron, bubulcus ibis, Cattle Egret
little egret, egretta garzetta, Little Egret
eastern reef heron, egretta sacra, Pacific (Eastern) Reef Egret
great egret, egretta alba modesta, Great Egret
medium egret, ardea intermedia, Intermediate Egret
Caledonian Night Heron, nycticorax caledonicus, Nankeen Night Heron
green heron, butorides striata, Striated Heron
Glossy Ibis, plegadis falcinellus, Glossy Ibis
Australian ibis, threskiornis spinicollis, Straw-necked Ibis
moluccan ibis, threskiornis molucca, Australian White Ibis
king spoonbill, platalea regia, Royal Spoonbill
black kite, milvus migrans, Black Kite
whistling kite, haliastur sphenurus, Whistling kite
Australian osprey, pandion cristatus, Eastern Osprey
white-bellied eagle, haliaeetus leucogaster, White-bellied Sea-Eagle
wedge-tailed eagle, aquila audax, Wedge-tailed Eagle
Australian Harrier, circus approximans, Swamp Harrier
Indian crane, grus antigone, Sarus Crane
Australian crane, grus rubicunda, Brolga
striped shepherd boy, gallirallus philippensis, Buff-banded Rail
coot, fulica atra, Eurasion coot
dark moorhen, gallinula tenebrosa, Dusky Moorhen
sultanka, porphyrio porphyrio, Purple Swamp-hem
Australian avdotka, burhinus grallarius, Bush Sone-curlew
Australian piebald oystercatcher, haematopus longirostris, Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Australian oystercatcher, haematopus fuliginosus, Sooty Oystercatcher
soldier lapwing, vanellus miles, Masked Lapwing
comb-crested Jacana, i rediparra gallinacea, Comb-crested Jacana
small shrew, limosa lapponica, Bar-tailed Godwit
Far Eastern curlew, numenius madagascariensis, Eastern Curlew
red-necked sandpiper, calidris ruficolli, Red-necked Stint
sharp-tailed sandpiper, calidris acuminata, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
brown-winged tern, onychoprion anaethetus, Bridled Tern
great crested tern, thalasseus bergii, Greater Crested Tern
barnacle tern, chlidonias hybridus, Whiskered tern
light tern, sterna sumatrana, Black-naped Tern
great-billed gull, larus pacificus, Pacific Gull
australian gull, chroicocephalus novaehollandiae, Silver Gull
Banks' funeral cockatoo, calyptorhynchus banksii, Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
funeral cockatoo, calyptorhynchus funereus, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
pink cockatoo, eolophus roseicapillus, Galah
great yellow-crested cockatoo, cacatua galerita, sulfur-crested cockatoo
multicolor lorikeet, trichoglossus haematodus, Rainbow Lorikeet
gold-sided fig parrot, cyclopsitta diophthalma, Double-eyed Fig Parrot
royal parrot, alisterus scapularis, Australian King-parrot
rosella red, platycercus elegans, Crimson Rosella
common rosella, platycercus eximius, Eastern Rosella
Alexandrov ringed parrot, psittacula eupatria, Alexandrine parakeet
fan-tailed bristly cuckoo, cacomantis flabelliformis, Fan-tailed Cuckoo
shiny bronze cuckoo, chrysococcyx lucidus, Shining Bronze-cuckoo
azure kingfisher, alcedo azurea, Azure Kingfisher
laughing koukaburra, dacelo novaeguineae, Laughing Koukaburra
rainbow bee-eater, merops ornatus, Rainbow Bee-eater
Tooth-billed Bowerbird, scenopoeetes dentirostris
satin bowerbird, ptilonorhynchus violaceus, Satin Bowerbird
fine painted mull, malurus cyaneus, Superb Fairy-wren
white-browed bush, sericornis frontalis, White-browed Scrubwren
red-headed prickly beak, acanthiza pusilla, Brown Thornbill
striped thornbill, acanthiza lineata, Striated Thornbill
leopard rainbow bird, pardalotus punctatus, Spotted Pardalote
striped rainbow bird, pardalotus striatus, Striated Pardalote
eastern spine-billed honey sucker, acanthorhynchus tenuirostris, Eastern Spinebill
yellow-faced honeyeater, lichenostomus chrysops, Yellow-faced Honeyeater
yellow honeydew, lichenostomus flavus, Yellow Honeyeater
yellow-winged mead, phylidonyris novaehollandiae, New Holland Honeyeater
blue-faced honeyeater, entomyzon cyanotis
lesser serratus honey, anthochaera chrysoptera, Little Wattlebird
red-lobed serpentine honey sucker, anthochaera carunculata, Red Wattlebird
helmeted philemon, philemon buceroides, Helmeted Friarbird
bell manorina, manorina melanophrys, Bell Miner
black-capped manorina, manorina melanocephala, Noisy Miner
masked shrike larvae, coracina novaehollandiae, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
white-winged shrike larvae, coracina papuensis, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
red-faced bulbul, pycnonotus jocosus, Red-whiskered Bulbul
crested shrike-tit, falcunculus frontatus, Crested Shrike-tit
golden whistler, pachycephala pectoralis, Golden Whistler
necklace whistler, pachycephala rufiventris, Rufous Whistler
gray-breasted shrike flycatcher, colluricincla harmonica, Gray Shrike-thrush
forest shrike flycatcher, сolluricincla megarhyncha, Little Shrike-thrush
green-backed shrike flycatcher, colluricincla boweri, Bower's Shrike-thrush
white-chinned fig oriole, sphecotheres vieilloti, Australasian Figbird
crepuscular swallow shrike, artamus cyanopterus, Dusky Woodswallow
black flute bird, cracticus quoyi, Black Butcherbird
whistler crow, gymnorhina tibicen, Australian Magpie
variegated flutist crow, strepera graculina, Pied Currawong
hooded crow flutist, strepera versicolor, Gray Currawong
Australian crow, corvus coronoides, Australian Raven
black and white fantail, rhipidura leucophrys, Willie Wagtail,
fantail rhipidura albiscapa, Gray Fantail
shining monarch, myiagra alecto, Shining Flycatcher
Australian grallina, grallina cyanoleuca, Magpie-lark
black jay, struthidea cinere, Apostlebird
shiny drongo, dicrurus bracteatus, Spangled Drongo
fire-breasted petroica, petroica phoenicea, Scarlet Robin
golden-bellied robin flycatcher, eopsaltria australis, Eastern Yellow Robin
large-headed pale-faced flycatcher, tregellasia capito, Pale-yellow robin
gray-fronted white-footed flycatcher, heteromyias cinereifrons, Gray-headed Robin
australian pipit, anthus novaeseelandiae, Australasian Pipit
silver white-eyed, zosterops lateralis, Silvereye
New Guinea Swallow, hirundo neoxena, Welcome Swallow
blackbird, turdus merula, Blackbird
olive-tailed earthbird, zoothera lunulata, Bassian Thrush
metallic aplonis, aplonis metallica, Metallic Starling
common starling, sturnus vulgaris, Common Starling
common myna, acridotheres tristis, Common Myna
yellow-bellied sunbird, cinnyris jugularis, Olive-backed Sunbird
swallow flower beetle, dicaeum hirundinaceum, Mistletoebird
House Sparrow, Passer domesticus, House Sparrow

I'm very glad that you liked it. I myself get pleasure from the next viewing in the middle of Moscow winter :).

There are several factors
- Still, I spent three weeks there, and almost every day one way or another I walked around nature with a camera, even if not in special bird areas, then just in parks and gardens. I visited two fundamentally different regions. Hence the number of views seen and photographed.
- Not everything turned out so well. A bunch of species that are on the list, but which I have not posted here, are represented by not very high-quality photographs
- It feels like there are more large species of birds such as parrots and swallow shrikes than we have.In nature reserves, they behave much more friendly. There are about the same amount of small things as we have in the summer, and they are just as harmful and secretive.
- In Australia, the so-called bushwalking is superdeveloped, i.e. nature walks. For this, a huge number of routes have been laid. Almost every town has an information center with maps of routes from a couple of hours to several days. Needless to say, there is a path along the sea from Melbourne to Sydney. And this is 900 kilometers. Walking in nature is convenient.
- Well, good technique helps. Still, a 500mm fix is ​​a real thing.