"Australia - one of the largest islands in the world"!
Watch our Wonderful Birds Flitter and Flutter and Soar
The question most often asked - How many birds are there in Australia?
The answer is no one is quite sure, over 860 have been listed and bird watchers are increasingly finding more as they move into more and more remote areas of Australia. Australian birds are some of the most distinctive and sort after in the world today. There are the cockatoo, kookaburra, lyrebird, the flightless emu, and dozens of types of colourful parrots.
Australian Birds of today are some of the most unique in the world and well sort after for caged and uncaged pets. Australia has birds that will fit in a closed fist like the weebill, which is only 8cm in size right up to the larger flightless birds like the emu and cassowaries.
Our most favourite bird. It is very typical of Australia to have a bird whose laughter can be heard all over the country and is the largest of the kingfishers.
The most common colours are grey, black and brown with some blue winged in colour. There are also a number of smaller more colourful kingfishers with brilliant blue or blue-green on their back. A loveable bird that is well like by all Australians.
Aboriginal legend tells us that the laugh of the morning Kookaburra tells the sun to lighten the sky and at night the laugh puts it out.
Maggie! The Black and White beauty - They black sleek bodies with a flash of white. They eat insects and scavenge for other food often left by humans.
Noisy but nice - The Aussie Cockatoo is a larger all white parrot with a dark bill and has a bright yellow crest which makes the bird stand out and is popular as a pet. Cockatoo's live just about all over Australia, but usually remain in same area all year round.
Colourful and bright are the Lorrikeet! Red, Blue, Orange, Greens and Yellow - Birds don't come much more colourful than the Aussie lorikeet. Loveable, Playful birds that eat fruit, vegetables and nectar, they are very messy eaters.
"The pelican - its bill can hold more than its belly can!" A more beautiful bird in flight and landing on water you will never see.
They are white with flashes of black in there wings and tail. You will find them in most coastal areas in Australia.
Bowerbirds are another bird that is native to Australia. Called the Bower Bird because of its facination with decorating its bower with anything blue. Before plastics came along the bird would collect blue flowers or feathers however nowadays blue bottle caps and blue straws among other things are often also collected.
Another of Australias unique birdlife. They are know as the worlds best mimicking bird. They are able to mimic just about any sound and do so when calling for females.
The male will raise it tail and will mimic calls of other birds and even mimic mobile phone rings and camera clicking to attract females and spook that this is where he is and this his territorial boundry.
Australias largest eagle, in comparision to the American bald eagle the wedgetail is slightly larger.
In Australia there are many birds of prey one; of the smallest is the Australian Nankeen Kestrel.
The Cassowary stands up to 2 metres tall, has a heavy coarse black stranded feathers, and bright red and blue on its throat, its slender head and neck. It is trully one of Australia's most spectacular flightless birds.
Fast on it's feet, the Emu is able to get up to running speeds of 50 Km per hour and has stides of 3 meters in length.
The bird is brownish in colour and one of Australia's most spectacular flightless birds.
A 10 day old Common Bronzewing Dove is almost too big for the nest [Photo Lyle Stacpoole]
Banner Photos: Rose Breasted Cockatoo [Pink Galah - Glenn Budd] Wedetail Eagle [Glenn Budd] Grey Heron [Lyle Stacpoole]