a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
The birds of the temperate forest and open Eucalyptus woodlands of Australia...
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).
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.
'Western (Rufous) Treecreeper' (Dryandra, Western Australia).
Pachycephala rufiventris, 'Rufous Whistler' (Yanchep).
Pachycephala occidentalis, 'Western Golden Whistler' (Dryandra).
Gymnorhina tibicen, 'Australian Magpie', (Kings Park, Western Australia).
Artamus cyanopterus, 'Dusky Woodswallow' (Dryandra, Western Australia).
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.
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.