AUSTRALASIAN Temperate Forest

The birds of the temperate forest and open Eucalyptus woodlands of Australia...

Family Columbidae: Pigeons and Doves

Spilopelia senegalensis, 'Laughing Dove' (Rottnest Island). An introduced species, native to Africa, Middle-east and India; feral population in south-west Australian woodlands.

Streptopelia chinensis, 'Laughing Dove' (Rottnest Island). An introduced species from Asia now found in south-east and south-west urban areas, farms and woodlands in Australia.

Phaps chalcoptera, 'Common Bronzewing' (John Forrest National Park).

For the page on
Parrots of Australian temperate forests & woodlands, click here

Family Meliphagidae: Honeyeaters

Phylidonyris novaehollandiae, 'New Holland Honeyeater', (Yanchep, Australia). Striking contrasting colours. Energetic and fast, usually seen on large flowers, such as Banksias and Grevilleas, feeding on nectar. But also catches insects. Habitats include open woodland and heath. Found in south-eastern and south-western Australia. 

Family Climacteridae: Treecreepers

'Western (Rufous) Treecreeper' (Dryandra, Western Australia).

Family Pachycephalidae: Whistlers

Pachycephala rufiventris, 'Rufous Whistler' (Yanchep).

Pachycephala occidentalis, 'Western Golden Whistler' (Dryandra).

Campephagidae: Cuckooshrikes

Family Artamidae: Woodswallows, Butcherbirds

Gymnorhina tibicen, 'Australian Magpie', (Kings Park, Western Australia).

Artamus cyanopterus, 'Dusky Woodswallow' (Dryandra, Western Australia).

Family Rhipiduridae: Fantails

Family Corvidae

Corvus coronoides, 'Australian Raven', (Rottnest Island, Australia). Large obvious 'beard' of throat feather hackles and white eyes.  The more common larger corvid in south-eastern and south western Australian woodlands.

Family Petroicidae: Australasian Robins
Family Hirundinidae: Martins & Swallows
Family Zosteropidae: White-eyes

Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions and Australia with Coral Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.