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AUSTRALASIAN Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest

The incredible endemic passerine birds of the rainforests of Australia and New Guinea and surrounding islands...

Family Ptilonorhynchidae: Bowerbirds

Ptilonorhynchus violaceus, 'Satin Bowerbird',  (Atherton Tablelands Birdwatching Lodge).

Family Meliphagidae, Honeyeaters

The biggest family of birds in Australia...

Myzomela sanguinolenta'Scarlet Honeyeater' (Atherton Tablelands Birdwatching Lodge).

Xanthotis macleayanus'Macleay's Honeyeater'  (Atherton Tablelands Birdwatching Lodge). Endemic to north-east Queensland.

Meliphaga lewinii'Lewin's Honeyeater',  (Atherton Tablelands Birdwatching Lodge).

Bolemoreus frenatus'Bridled Honeyeater',  (Atherton Tablelands Birdwatching Lodge). Endemic to north-east Queensland.

Foulehaio taviunensis, 'Fiji Wattled Honeyeater' (Fulaga, Fiji). Found in the rainforest and mangroves of Fiji. Endemic to Fiji.

Family Pachycephalidae: Whistlers

Family Oriolidae: Orioles & Figbirds

(Maroochydoore, Qld)

Sphecotheres vieilloti, 'Australasian Figbird'. The northern forms are bright yellow with a duller pink mask, while the southern form is greener, but with a bright red mask. They eat mostly fruit, and as suggested by their common name, they are indeed often  seen in fig trees. They are common in rainforest and edge, including gardens, in eastern Australia and New Guinea. 

(Maroochydoore, Qld)

Figbird females and juveniles are plainer, with streaks.

Family Artamidae: Woodswallows, Butcherbirds

(Pudaidori Island, Biak, West Papua, Indonesia)

Cracticus cassicus, 'Hooded Butcherbird'. Found in rainforests around New Guinea.

Family Rhipiduridae: Fantails

Family Paradisaeidae: Birds-of-Paradise

Sometimes shortened to "BOP's" - although don't get that confused with the other BOP - Bird Of Prey.

Lophorina victoriae, 'Victoria's Riflebird' (Chambers Lodge).

Juvenile Curl-crested Manucode, (Ferguson Island, Papua New Guinea)

Manucodia comrii, 'Curl-Crested Manucode'. Restricted to the islands off south-east Papua New Guinea (Trobriands and D'Entrecasteaux).

Paradisaea rubra, 'Red Bird of Paradise' (Rajah Ampat, Indonesia).

? Paradisaea minor, 'Lesser Bird of Paradise' (captive).

Family Petroicidae: Australasian Robins
Family Zosteropidae: White-eyes

Family Sturnidae: Starlings & Mynas
Family Dicaeidae: Flowerpeckers
Nectariniidae: Sunbirds

Family Estrildidae, Finches

Neochmia temporalis, 'Red-browed Firetail' (image by Damon Ramsey)(Atherton Tablelands Birdwatching Lodge)

Neochmia temporalis'Red-browed Firetail'.

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