Gday from Western Australia

Birds in Western Australia

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Galah - Cacatua roseicapilla Silly Galahs Cockatoos are big parrots with erectile crests and muscular tongues. surprise

Of the 14 species in Oz, the most common cockatoos in WA are the Galah and Little Corella.

These cheeky buggers make excellent pets with delightful antics and voice mimicry.

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Budgerigar The Dance

Budgerigars (budgies) are native to Australia.

These nomadic, storm-chasing, desert bird-tribes have flourished in the Outback for millions of years.

Closely related to the rare, desert Night Parrot and similar in appearance, it is believed budgies can fly at night, if necessary, to find water-bearing electrical storms during harsh droughts.

Little Corella Corellas Little Corella - Cacatua sanguinea Little Corella
Turtle Dove Turtle Dove

The Spotted Turtle Dove is a pigeon native to eastern Asia. It was introduced into Australia in the mid-1800s and quickly became established. It is now a common sight throughout south-western Australia.

Dove cooing sound

Leery of humans and quick to take flight at the slightest motion or noise, with fast flicking and beating wings.

Emus Emus Pink and Grey - Galah Pinkie on a Pinnacle
Wattlebird Red Wattlebird

Red Wattlebirds are the second largest honeyeaters in Australia.

They have two distinctive red flaps either side of the neck called wattles.

This noisy and aggressive bird is also known as the Barkingbird because of the harsh raucous squawks used to frighten other birds away from its feeding territory, but it can also sing melodically.

Red-bellied Spinifex Pigeon Spinifex Pigeon Gulls Gulls
Wedge-tail Eagle King of the Skies

King of the Australian skies.

Wedge-tailed eagles will hunt for a variety of prey including young kangaroos, lizards, rabbits and wallabies.
They will pursue prey with amazing agility, forcing the victim into open land where the clutching power of the deadly talons and the force of the strike is often enough to kill their quarry.

White-tailed Black Cockatoo Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo Flock of Budgies Flock of Budgies
Black Swan Black Swan

Over three hundred years ago, in 1697, Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh came across a river which he named after the


observed in large multitudes. Until then, all swans were thought to be white.

The official bird of Western Australia.

Pelican Stretch...Yawn... Seabirds Seabirds
Magpie Magpie

The Australian Magpie is an intelligent, accomplished songbird with a beautiful melodious call. You can often hear them singing together.

A national survey has found that the majority of australians have been attacked by a magpie at some time in their life!

Magpie warble

Twenty-eight Parrot Twenty-eight Parrot Seagulls Glide
Kookaburra Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra - an Australian icon.

The popular snake-killing fame of these sit-and-wait predators justified the introduction of 'laughing jackasses' into Western Australia by early settlers from the eastern states.

The predictable early morning 'hideous chorus of feindish laughter' resulted in vernacular names like 'Bushman's Clock' and 'Breakfast Bird' by colonists.

Emu Dandy
Splendid Fairy-wren Splendid Wren
Honeyeaters New Holland Honeyeater

Woody Island near Esperance has abundant bird life due to a lack of predators.

The island is filled with noisy, twittering birds like the Honeyeater, Firetail Finch, Western Silvereye and Golden Whistler.

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Seagulls Seagulls Pair of Galahs Galahs
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Karrak

Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
Calyptorhynchus banksii naso

Native to southwest WA and loves feeding on 'honky nuts' from the Marri tree, as seen in the image.

The aboriginal name, Karrak, is derived from the birds call.

Wedge-tailed Eagle Wedge-tailed Eagle slideshow Wedge-tailed Eagles Eagle Road-kill slideshow
Crows Crows

If men had wings and bore black feathers few of them would be clever enough to be crows.

(Rev. Henry Beecher, mid 1800's)

Red-tailed Cockatoo Red Tail Kookaburra "Burra"

Seven Seabirds She saw seven seabird species by the seashore.


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