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Satin bowerbird

Aussie birds 4

This page begins as one about birds that I regard as home garden entertainers. These are often honeyeaters in my garden

Male satin bowerbird But at Baranduda in north-eastern Victoria, I found a home garden with a resident male satin bowerbird, a blue-black bird which built a grassy bower and was decorating it with bright blue objects to attract light olive coloured females. I was entertained by this courtship, but do not know if it was successfulFemale satin bowerbird


New Holland honeyeater among kangaroo paws  New Holland honeyeater  New Holland honeyeater

New Holland honeyeater feeding on nectar  New Holland honeyeater on bottlebrush flower  Seeking nectar

White-plumed honeyeater  Red wattlebird  Little wattlebird  Noisy miner

Above, the honeyeaters of my garden include the New Holland (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae), White-plumed (Lichenostomus penicillatus), and two of the biggest, the Red wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata) and the Little wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera) . They're often acrobatic feeders of nectar and aerobatic hunters of flying insects. The Noisy miner (Manorina melanocephala) is a honeyeater, too, but an aggressive colonising one

More images of wattlebirds and other honeyeaters can be seen in a slideshow of birds which are frequent visitors to my home garden...the honeyeaters and lorikeets are the most common. Click on the image to see the slideshow

Spiny-cheeked honeyeater  Singing honeyeater  Purple-gaped honeyeater

White-eared honeyeater  Eastern spinebill   Crescent honeyeater  Blue-faced honeyeater  Regent honeyeater

There are nearly 70 species of honeyeater in Australia, but I've only seen a few of them. In the outback Danggali Conservation Park, I came across a Spiny-cheeked honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis), while the Singing honeyeater (Lichenostomus virescens) was photographed near Morgan on the River Murray, the Purple-gaped (Lichenostomus cratitius) at Innes NP on Yorke Peninsula, the White-eared (Lichenostomus leucotis) at Anglesea in Victoria, the Eastern spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris) at Baranduda, Victoria, and the Crescent honeyeater (Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera) at Kinglake NP, Victoria. The Blue-faced honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) and the Regent honeyeater (Xanthomyza phrygia) were photographed at Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills

Golden whistler  Southern scrub-robin
A male Golden whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis), a colourful inhabitant of forest and scrub photographed in the Adelaide Hills; and a ground-dweller of scrubland, the Southern scrub-robin (Drymodes brunneopygia), at Innes NP on Yorke Peninsula

Crested pigeon   Crested pigeon courting   Diamond doves

White-backed magpie   White-backed magpie   Immature white-backed magpie   Murray magpie    Welcome swallow   Welcome swallow   Common blackbird

Dusky woodswallows   Dusky woodswallow   Willie wagtail    Grey fantail   White-throated treecreeper   Brown tree-creeper   White-browed tree-creeper   Fan-tailed cuckoo

Other attractive birds common in many urban as well as country areas are the Crested pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes), the White-backed magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen), the Murray magpie, magpie-lark or peewee (Grallina cyanoleuca), the Welcome or houseswallow (Hirundo neoxena), the introduced Common blackbird (Turdus merula), the Dusky woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus), and the Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys). I found the Grey fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa) at Anglesea in Victoria, the White-throated treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaeus) in the Adelaide Hills, the Brown tree-creeper (Climacteris picumnus) at Morgan on the River Murray, the White-browed treecreeper (Climacteris affinis) in the north-east mallee, the Diamond doves (Geopelia cuneata) drinking from a mallee dam, and the Fan-tailed cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis) on Granite Island

Shining bronze-cuckoo   Female rufous whistler  White-fronted chat  Pied currawong  Rufous bristlebird  Grey shrike-thrush  Superb lyrebird hen

Other bird sightings in Victoria include the Shining bronze-cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidis), female Rufous whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris), White-fronted chat (Epthianura albifrons), Pied currawong (Strepera graculina), the Rufous bristlebird (Dasyornis broadbenti), the Grey shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica) and a female Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)

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