kookaburra

Photo diary of Australian native birds

Australia is home to many colourful birds. The birds are unique and are very good looking. I have been a huge fan of these Australian native birds and this post is dedicated to these stunning birds. If you love birds and want to find out more about the Australian native birds, then Find a bird is a great place to find out more.

Are you new to Australia? Then definitely start by reading my posts on Australia.

Photo diary of Australian native birds

Australian magpie

The Australian magpie is a black and white medium sized bird. The birds are considered as extremely intelligent and I believe they remember human faces. It is believed that the Australian magpies can mimic voices of more than 30+ species of native and introductory birds. They can also mimic ringing of telephones, sirens and dog barks. How cool is that!

Magpies often mate for life.

Beware of the Australian magpies as they are aggressive and engage in swooping. The male Australian magpies are the ones that have been said to have swooped humans. The swooping season is usually in between the months of August and October. Read the love and hate relationship on The New York times.

Photo diary of Australian native birds
Australian magpie

Galah

The cutest of all the birds is the galah. The galah is a pink and grey bird belonging to the cockatoo family. The word galah is derived from the Yuwaalaraay (aboriginal language) word called gilaa. Galahs are usually found in large numbers and are on the ground mostly.

Even though galah is used as an Australian slang for a fool or a clown, they are actually very intelligent and socially adaptive birds.

Galah
Galah

Kookaburra

Australian Kingfisher, commonly known as Kookaburra is a native bird of Australia and New Guinea. Their call resembles human’s laughter. The kookaburras are carnivorous and usually eat mice, smalls other birds, reptiles and sometimes small snakes too.

There is a sculpture in Sydney called Forgotten Songs, dedicated to all the birds lost because of the concrete jungle.

A few years ago I visited Green Patch of Jervis Bay in New South Wales (NSW) state of Australia and I had found a beautiful kookaburra sitting on a branch. The bird gave me quite a good show and it was an amazing poser.

Did you know that Jervis Bay has amazing dive sites? I dived at the Docks, which is one of the dive sites in Jervis Bay.

Australian native bird (Kookaburra)
Australian native bird (Kookaburra)

Rosella

Rosella is a parrot native to Australia. They predominantly feed on seeds and fruits. And enjoy the bath in puddles of water. There are six species of rosellas.

The Rosellas mate for life.

Rosella
Rosella

Sulphur crested cockatoos

The Sulphur crested cockatoos are my most favourite birds in Australia. I love the way they look and the way they make noise. They are known as noisy birds as their shrieks are very loud. They are relatively large birds and are found in wooded habitats. The cockatoos are highly intelligent birds and are very demanding of what they need. They eat seeds and plants.

Photo diary of Australian native birds
Sulphur crested cockatoos

Red tailed black cockatoo

The large birds with red streaks on the tail are the red tailed black cockatoos. The birds are usually in the inland are are rare to find.

With just 1500 red tailed black cockatoos, the birds are in danger of extinction. They are worth AUD 30000 in the black market and illegally being attacked. There is a project run by Red tailed black cockatoo recovery project to conserve and protect these beautiful birds.

I have only seen this bird once in the wild. But I have seen a lot of them in the Taronga zoo.

Photo diary of Australian native birds
Red tailed black cockatoo

Superb fairy wren

The small blue bird with a long tail is the superb fairy wren. They are commonly seen in the wet and fertile land.

I saw a lot of these small birds when I visited the Dubbo zoo in Central NSW. They were not in captivity but they were just hanging at the zoo.

Superb fairy wren
Superb fairy wren

Ibis

Ibis is a long legged white and black bird that live on wetlands, forests and plains. In Australia, they are city dwellers and are often seen on the streets. They have long and curved bill.

Ibis
Ibis

Pelican

A pelican is a large water bird. They have long beak and a pouch used for catching prey. The pelicans usually feed on fish but can also eat other marine animals such as other water birds and turtles.

The group of pelicans are called as a brief.

The Pelicans

Wedge tailed eagle

The largest bird of all is the wedge tailed eagle. They have long and broad wings and is a large prey bird. The majestic bird is native to Australia and are usually found towards the outback.

I found these amazing and huge birds when I was driving to Coober Pedy.

Memorable experiences from Coober Pedy

Closing Notes

Australia has many more native birds than just the ones I have listed. The bird researchers and bird watchers have seen more number of birds than what I have. I do hope to see many more birds and capture their beauty through my camera.

How many have you seen? Let me know in the comments below.

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