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Birds in Western Australia

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Galah
Galahs 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.

More Outback WA Chatting on the Tank Dance of the Leaping Galah Cheeky Chaps Galahs

Budgerigars and a Galah 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 Corellas Corellas Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea
Little Corella
Spotted 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
Red 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 Geophaps plumifera
Spinifex Pigeon
Gulls Gulls
King of the Australian Skies Wedge-tail Eagle

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.

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

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

BLACK SWANS

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

The official bird of Western Australia.

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

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

Magpies live in family groups and are territorial. They will kill other magpies that come into their territory.

Magpie warble

Twenty-eight Parrot Twenty-eight Parrot Seagulls Glide
Laughing 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
Dandy
Splendid Fairy-wren Splendid Wren
New Holland Honeyeaters New Holland Honeyeaters

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.

More Firetail Finch Honeyeaters Western Silvereyes

Seagulls Seagulls Pair of Galahs Galahs
Female Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii naso
Karrak

Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

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 Eagles 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)

Raven Corvus coronoides
Raven

Australian Ravens are big black omnivorous birds similar to crows.

Ravens go AAAARK and crows go arrrr.

Called Waarder, "the Watcher" by local aborigines.

Male Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii
Red Tail
Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
"Burra"
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio bellus
Purple Swamphen

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Seven Seabirds
She saw seven seabird species by the seashore.

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