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AUSTRALASIAN Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest

The non-passerine birds of the rainforests of Australia and New Guinea and surrounding islands.

Birds of the rainforest

I have lived for a longer time in North Queensland Australia than I have spent working in New Guinea; thus I will have more images from the former than the latter. However, the New Guinea region has a far higher diversity of rainforest birds than the Australian mainland. This is partly due to the more equatorial position, but also there is simply so much more area of rainforest in New Guinea than Australia.

Family Casuariidae: Cassowaries

Cassowaries are the largest rainforest birds on the planet. There are three species. They are all found in New Guinea, with one species also found in north-east Australia.

Casuarius casuarius'Southern/Double-wattled Cassowary' (Etty Bay, Australia). Found in and around rainforest, in north-east Australia, and southern New Guinea.

Casuarius unappendiculatus, 'Northern/Single-wattled Cassowary' (juvenile, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea). Found in northern New Guinea.

Family Megapodiidae

Orange-footed Scrubfowl (image by Damon Ramsey)(Cairns Botanical Gardens, Australia)

'Orange-footed Scrubfowl'.


Alectura lathami'Australian Brush Turkey'. The largest species in this family. 

Family Columbidae: Doves & Pigeons


These pigeons are mostly brownish with long tails.

Macropygia phasianella, 'Brown Cuckoo-Dove' (Chambers Lodge).

Ptilinopus spp. 'Fruit Doves'

The most colourful of pigeons!

Ptilinopus viridis, 'Claret-breasted Fruit Dove', Found in the Spice Islands, New Guinea and Solomon Islands (Maravagi, Solomon Islands).

Ptilinopus tannensis, 'Tanna Fruit Dove', (Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu).

Ducula spp. 'Imperial Piegons'

(Arnarvon Islands, Solomons)

Ducula pistrinaria, 'Island Imperial Pigeon'. Found in rainforest and mangroves on islands throughout the Solomons and eastern New Guinea.

Damon Ramseyme speaking pidgen in Papua New Guinea

Family Cacatuidae

Cacatua ducorpsii, 'Solomons Cockatoo', 'Ducorp's Cockatoo', (Marovo Lagoon, Solomons).

Family Psittaculidae

(Pudaidori Island, Biak, West Papua, Indonesia)

Geoffroyus geoffroyi, 'Red-cheeked Parrot'. Sexually dimorphic; male has blue head and red neck, in some populations this is very bright, as in image above. This is a widespread species, and there are up to 17 subspecies. They are found around wet and dry forest, mostly lowland New Guinea, but also extending west through the Moluccas and east to Cape York.

Eclectus roratus, 'Eclectus Parrot' male (Sepik River, Papua New Guinea). Sexes in this species are extremely dimorphic; the males are bright lime green and the females are red: however in flight they look unexpectedly dull in silhouette.

Pseudeos cardinalis, 'Cardinal Lorikeet', (Marovo Lagoon, Solomons).

For a video of a guided walk looking for birds along the floor of the subtropical Australian rainforest 

For the next page:
Songbirds of the Australian rainforest

Can't go travelling until everything settles down? Here I am doing a virtual guided walk for Noble Caledonia, and here I am doing other virtual guided walks...