Bushland Residents

Crested Pigeon
Ocyphaps lophotes Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata
Plump pigeon with iridescent patch on wing and a thin crest. Feeds on ground and flies with whirring wings. Often perches on powerlines.


46. Crested Pigeon 2 Large honeyeater that defends territory with loud guttural calls. Fleshy red wattle on side of face. Feeds on blossom and insects.


47. Red Wattlebird
Little Wattlebird
Anthochaera chrysoptera Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris
Smaller than Red Wattlebird, with rufous patch in wing. These honeyeaters visit Oatley when the banksias are flowering.


48. Little Wattlebird Small honeyeater that flits in and out of flowering shrubs; hovers at flowers; rapid high-pitched piping call.


49.Eastern Spinebill
Grey Fantail
Rhipidura albiscapa Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis
Busy little bird with long fanned tail that flutters around foliage and chases flying insects. Its song resembles a squeaky violin.


50. Grey Fantail More common in winter. Female olive-brown with lemon undertail. Snatches insects from leaves of trees and shrubs. Call a long ‘seep’.


51. Golden Whistler
Superb Fairy-wren
Malurus cyaneus Red-browed Finch Neochmia temporalis
Hops over ground on spindly legs with tail held high. Family groups of blue and black males, a brown female and young brown males.

14 cm

52. Superb Fairy-wren Young birds have dark bills. Feeds in flocks on the ground or in shrubs. Eats seeds. Builds domed nest of grass in a dense bush.

11 cm

53. Red-browed Finch
Spotted Pardalote
Pardalotus punctatus White-browed Scrubwren Sericornis frontalis
More often heard than seen; piping call of ‘sweet…baybee’. Eats plant-sucking bugs in tree-tops but nests in tunnels in earth banks.

9 cm

54. Spotted Pardalote Small insect-eater that lives in dense undergrowth. Female is duller than the male. Hard to see but scolds noisily from cover.

12 cm

55. White-browed Scrubwren
Southern Boobook
Ninox novaeseelandiae Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
Small dark owl that hunts insects and small mammals. Night-time call of ‘book book’ or ‘more pork’. Mobbed on its daytime roost by other birds.

32 cm

56.Southern Boobook Flocks flying over open areas such as oval and picnic ground. High pitched tweetering call. Mud nests under eaves of buildings.


57. Welcome Swallow
Black-faced  Cuckoo-shrike
Coracina novaehollandiae Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys
Often perches on powerlines. Rolling call. Snatches caterpillars from leaves. Undulating flight; shuffles wings when it lands.

33 cm

58. Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Confident small bird that harasses predatory birds and cats. Sings from vantage point but feeds on ground, sashaying and wagging tail.


59. Willie Wagtail
Brown Thornbill
Acanthiza pusilla
Usually seen in pairs hopping busily through shrubs, pecking insects from foliage; utters musical trills and warbles.


 60. Brown Thornbill

2 comments to Bushland Residents

  • Liz Cameron

    These photos are beautifully sharp and detailed when viewed full-screen. That looks like a March fly in the Willie Wagtail’s beak! I think this online resource will encourage people to look at birds from a fresh perspective and to appreciate the biodiversity in our own backyards.

  • John Ward

    I am writing to Georges River Council opposing their LEP and Foreshore Protection Protection Area and would like to know what birds habitate at Jewfish Point & Gungah Bay reserve where I live. I am worried that birds habitat will be decimated under Council’s proposals. Are you able to send me any information
    John Ward

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