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BIRDS OF THE OSBORNE PENINSULA

Choruses of birdsong and a sudden splash
of colour on the wing

Bushland:
Australian magpie; Australian magpie lark; Laughing Kookaburra; Red Wattlebird; Eastern Yellow Robin; Crimson rosella; Eastern rosella; King parrot; Brown Treecreeper; Rainbow lorikeet; Sulphur-crested cockatoo; Pallid cuckoo; Fan-tailed cuckoo; Wattlebird; Galah; Yellow-faced Honeyeater; Pied currawong; Common bronze-wing pigeon; Yellow-tailed black cockatoo; Black-faced cuckoo shrike; Golden whistler; Grey shrike thrush; Australian ground thrush (or speckled thrush); Olive-backed oriole; White-winged chough; Spur-winged plover; Painted Button Quail; Grey butcher bird; Australian Raven; Scrub wren; Superb blue wren; Spotted pardalote; Eastern spinebill; Grey fantail; Jacky Winter; Silvereye; Firetail; Rufus fantail; Red-browed Finch; White-eared Honeyeater;

Waterways and Wetlands:
Wood duck; Pacific Black duck; Dusky moorhen; White faced grey heron;
Sacred kingfisher; Darter (or Snake bird); Cormorant; Buff-banded Rail;
Straw-necked ibis;

Nocturnal Birds:
Tawny frogmouth; Owlet nightjar; Powerful owl; Barking owl;
Southern Boobook Owl

Birds of Prey:
Brown goshawk; Wedge tailed eagle; Little Eagle

Introduced Birds:
Welcome swallows, Indian turtle dove and Blackbirds which distribute
seeds of pest plants throughout the bush.

Indian mynah is an abundant species and because it can drive native birds away or occupy their nesting hollows, they are to be discouraged at all costs. Starlings, though less plentiful, represent a similar threat.

Bell miners and noisy miners live in colonies and have a tendency to
drive smaller native birds away.

The Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo

The large Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus, found in woodlands and pine plantations from South Australia to Queensland, is easily identified by its mostly black plumage and body feathers edged in yellow. It has a yellow cheek patch and yellow panels on the tail and a harsh, penetrating call.

The female has a larger yellow cheek patch than the male. Young birds resemble adult females, but the male juveniles have a smaller cheek patch.

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos have a long breeding season. Both sexes construct the nest, usually in a large tree hollow lined with wood chips. The female alone incubates the eggs, while the male supplies her with food. Usually only one chick survives, and will stay under parental for about six months.

king parrot
King Parrot

kookaburra in tree
Kookaburra

Download a list of birds that visit the peninsula.


Threatened Species

Powerful Owl, Barking Owl