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AUSTRALASIAN Tropical & Subtropical Savanna
passerine birds

The songbirds of the northern Australian tropical bush...

Family Ptilonorhynchidae: Bowerbirds

The three bowerbirds that can turn up in tropical woodlands look similar; the males all have pink feathers on the back of the neck and build an avenue bower. The Great Bowerbird is the plainest and lives across northern Australia, the Spotted Bowerbird is found further south and inland in more arid woodlands in the eastern third of Australia, and the Western Bowerbird lives in gullies in much drier regions in the centre and west of Australia.

'Spotted Bowerbird' (image by Damon Ramsey)(Lake Clem Walton, Queensland)

Chlamydera maculata'Spotted Bowerbird'.

Family Maluridae: Australian Wrens
Family Pardalotidae: Gerygones & allies

For the page on the honeyeaters of the Australia tropical bush

Family Pomatostomidae: Australian Babblers

Pomatostomus temporalis, 'Grey-crowned Babbler', (Wyndham Caravan Park, Western Australia). Found in open habitats across much of Australia, except for inland and southern coasts. 

Family Pachycephalidae: Whistlers, 
Family Oriolidae: Orioles & Figbirds
Family Campephagidae: Cuckooshrikes
Family Artamidae: Woodswallows, Butcherbirds
Family Rhipiduridae: Fantails
Family Corvidae: Crows & Jays
Family Petroicidae: Australasian Robins
Family Zosteropidae: White-eyes

Family Sturnidae: Starlings & Mynas

Family Nectariniidae: Flowerpeckers & Sunbirds

(Wyndham Caravan Park, Western Australia)

Dicaeum hirundinaceum, 'Mistletoebird'. As suggested by the common name, feeds on mistletoe berries and disperses sticky seeds by wiping them tree branches. Found across most of Australia, except western deserts and Tasmania. 

(Lizard Island)

Cinnyris jugularis, 'Olive-backed/Yellow-bellied Sunbird'.  Bright yellow. Male has throat patch which with right light, is stunning iridescent metallic blue. Inhabits various habitats, mostly mangroves and rainforest, but it is also found in more open habitats and urban areas. The only sunbird found regularly in Australia. Distributed from north-east Queensland, into Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and north into south-east Asia into southern China. However, this widespread and adaptable species is being split into different species. 

For the page on the grass-finches of the northern Australian bush

My first trip after the virus is as Expedition leader in Tasmania with Coral Expeditions, followed by my role as biologist guest lecturer on the Great Barrier Reef. If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.