a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
The birds of the temperate forest and open Eucalyptus woodlands of Australia...
When most people think of 'pigeon', they think of your average urban introduced species; however, there are many subtly beautiful species of native pigeon in most Australian habitats, including the temperate woodlands & forests.
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).
Lichmera indistincta, 'Brown Honeyeater'. One of Australia's most adaptable and widespread honeyeaters, found in various habitats including rainforest, mangroves and woodlands, across much of the country and into New Guinea, only absent in the drier parts of the south.
Gavicalis virescens, 'Singing Honeyeater'. One of Australia's most widespread honeyeaters, found in dry habitats across most of the country except for the wetter habitats on the east coast.
Ptilotula ornata, 'Yellow-plumed Honeyeater'. Found in drier woodlands across southern Australia.
Phylidonyris novaehollandiae, 'New Holland Honeyeater'. 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.
Phylidonyris niger, 'White-cheeked Honeyeater'. Found in south-west and along east coast of continent. Usually associated with heath, such as Banksias.
Melithreptus chloropsis, 'Gilbert's/Western White-naped Honeyeater'. Small. Endemic to the south-west of Australia.
'Western (Rufous) Treecreeper' (Dryandra, Western Australia).
Pachycephala rufiventris, 'Rufous Whistler' (Yanchep).
Pachycephala occidentalis, 'Western Golden Whistler' (Dryandra).
Artamus cyanopterus, 'Dusky Woodswallow' (Dryandra, Western Australia).
Strepera versicolor, 'Grey Currawong'. Found in various habitats right across southern Australia.
Gymnorhina tibicen, 'Australian Magpie', (Kings Park, 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.
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