Birds

 

In our tropical landscape it is difficult to define the seasons and there are considerable variations within the norm of what we can expect to experience. These factors can influence the movement of some of our migratory species and so the following list should only be taken as a guide.

 We consider the following birds to be regular visitors or resident species… although they may not be seen every day:

Orange-footed Scrubfowl
Australian Brush-Turkey
Magpie Goose
Australasian Darter
Little Pied Cormorant
Great Egret

Rose-crowned Fruit Dove

Brahminy Kite
Whistling Kite
Brown Goshawk
Grey Goshawk
Pacific Baza
Red-necked Crake
Pale-vented Bush-hen
White-browed Crake
Bush Stone Curlew
Bar-shouldered Dove
Brown Cuckoo-Dove
Emerald Ground-Dove
Pied Imperial-Pigeon (August to March)
Superb Fruit-Dove
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Wompoo Fruit-Dove
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Rainbow Lorikeet
Double-eyed Fig-Parrot
Brush Cuckoo (calls in warmer months so is more evident)
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (breeds here from September to January)
Little Bronze-Cuckoo
Common Koel (breeds August to May, and moves north in cooler months)
Channel-billed Cuckoo (breeds August to May, and moves north in cooler months)
Pheasant Coucal
Sooty Owl

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Lovely Fairy-Wren female

Barking Owl
Papuan Frogmouth
Large-tailed Nightjar
Australian Owlet-nightjar
Australasian Swiftlet
Little Kingfisher
Azure Kingfisher
Laughing Kookaburra
Forest Kingfisher
Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (October to April)
Rainbow Bee-eater
Dollarbird (summer breeding migrant September to April)Lovely Fairy-Wren (several families living on the property)
Large-billed Gerygone
Fairy Gerygone
Helmeted Friarbird
Noisy Friarbird (blossom nomad)
Little Friarbird
Dusky Honeyeater
Lewin’s Honeyeater (altitudinal migrant to lowlands June – August)
Yellow-spotted Honeyeater
Graceful Honeyeater
Macleay’s Honeyeater
Bridled Honeyeater (occasional winter visitor)
Brown-backed Honeyeater (migratory or seasonally nomadic, approx. September to April for breeding)
Yellow-breasted Boatbill
Grey Whistler
Little Shrike-Thrush
Black-faced Monarch (more common May to September)
Spectacled Monarch
White-eared Monarch
Pied Monarch
Leaden Flycatcher
Shining Flycatcher
Rufous fantail (resident from May to September)
Grey fantail (resident in our winter months)
Barred Cuckoo-shrike (more likely September to January)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (more likely July to September)
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (more likely July to September)
Cicadabird (often heard calling September to March)
Varied Triller

Male Sunbird

Male Sunbird

Yellow Oriole
Olive-backed Oriole (sometimes present in winter months)
Australasian Figbird
White-breasted Woodswallow
Black Butcherbird
Victoria’s Riflebird
Spangled Drongo
Spotted Catbird
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Mistletoebird
Olive-backed Sunbird
Welcome Swallow
Fairy Martin
Australian Reed-warbler
Tawny Grassbird
Golden-headed Cisticola
Silvereye
Metallic Starling (resident August to early April)

These birds may be seen intermittently on our wetlands:

Radjah Shelduck
Pacific Black Duck
Wandering Whistling Duck
Spotted Whistling Duck

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Wandering Whistling Duck

Green Pygmy-Goose
Hardhead
Grey Teal
Australasian Grebe
Comb-crested Jacana
Buff-banded Rail
Spotless Crake
Black-fronted Dotterel
Little Black Cormorant
Great-Billed Heron
Black-necked Stork
White-faced Heron
White-necked Heron
Little Egret
Intermediate Egret
Nankeen Night Heron
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Straw-necked Ibis
Australian White Ibis
Latham’s Snipe (frequently recorded on exposed mudflats of wetland during the dry months of August to November)

Occasional visitors:

Southern Cassowary
Australian Pelican – 3 visited regularly during August 2002
Little Bittern
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Black-shouldered Kite
Collared sparrowhawk
Masked Lapwing
Topknot Pigeon
Oriental Cuckoo (non-breeding migrant September to May)
Fork-tailed Swift (occasionally seen prior to summer storms)
Needle-tailed Swift (occasionally seen prior to summer storms)
Satin Flycatcher (passing through north – south in October)
Pale-yellow Robin
Willie Wagtail