Asia & Oceania Travel

Birds of Australia

Location: Australia

Australia is a land of diverse and unique wildlife, and one group of animals that truly stands out is its birds. With over 800 species, Australia is home to a remarkable array of avian wonders. From the iconic emu to the colorful lorikeets and the raucous cockatiel and cuckoo, the birds of Australia have captured our hearts.

Little Friarbird, Merlin App
Yellow Tail Black Cockatiel, Merlin App
Channel-billed Cuckoo, Merlin App

Remember the Kookaburra Song?

One of the most famous birds in Australia is undoubtedly the kookaburra. Known for its distinctive call that sounds like laughter, the kookaburra is a symbol of the Australian bush. With its stout body, large head, and strong beak, this bird is a formidable predator. It feeds on a diet of small animals, including snakes, lizards, and insects. The kookaburra is also known for its territorial behavior, often defending its territory with loud calls.

Laughing Kookaburra, Merlin App

Another bird that is synonymous with Australia is the emu. As the largest bird in Australia, the emu is a flightless bird that can reach up to 6 feet in height. With its long legs and powerful stride, the emu is a fast runner, capable of reaching speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. These birds are found in various habitats, from open grasslands to dense forests. They feed on a diet of plants, insects, and small animals.

Emu at The Australia Zoo

Colorful Birds

Australia is also home to a wide variety of colorful parrots. The rainbow lorikeet, with its vibrant plumage of red, blue, and green, is a common sight in many urban areas. The King Parrot is a beautiful green and large and the Crimson Rosella is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. These birds are highly social and often gather in large flocks. They feed on nectar, pollen, and fruits, using their specialized brush-like tongues to extract food from flowers.

King Parrot
Crimson Rosella
Lorakeet, Merlin App

In addition to these well-known birds, Australia is also home to a number of unique species. The superb lyrebird, for example, is known for its ability to mimic a wide range of sounds, including other bird calls and even human noises. The southern cassowary, on the other hand, is a large, flightless bird with a striking appearance. With its bright blue neck and helmet-like casque, the cassowary is a true marvel of nature.

Cassawary at the Australia Zoo
Lyer Bird, Merlin App

New Birds Everyday

During our visit to Australia, we used our Merlin App to identify more than 80 birds that were new to us. We also saw many more birds that were not new to us like storks, ducks, spoonbill, cormorants, oyster catcher and many, many more. We never imagined how entertaining it would be to engage with the birds and other wildlife of beautiful Australia.

Red Rumped Parrot, Merlin App
Reed Warbler, Merlin App
Oyster Catcher
Black Swan

And a few discoveries while in Tasmania, where we are spending Christmas;

Green Rosella Merlin Ap
Tasmanian Nativehen Merlin Ap
Black Currawong Merlin Ap

Whether you’re a bird enthusiast or simply appreciate the beauty of nature, the birds of Australia are sure to captivate you. From the striking pink gallah or white and pink corella, to the teeny blue fairy wren, these birds are a testament to the country’s incredible biodiversity. So, next time you visit Australia, don’t forget to keep an eye out for these amazing creatures.

Gallah, Merlin App
Corella, Merlin App
Blue Fairy Wren

Thanks for letting me share about our experience with Birds of Australia. Most of the images here are from the Merlin App. I highly recommend downloading the Merlin App before you travel anywhere in the world.

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  • Reply Linda (LD Holland)

    Our daughter is an ornithologist and she would love to see this great collection of birds from Australia. And listen to the great birdsongs. Definitely good to keep your eyes peeled as you travel around.

    December 16, 2023 at 8:06 am
    • Reply Laureen

      I’m sure she would. It is a fascinating place!

      December 16, 2023 at 7:24 pm
  • Reply Erica

    I know seeing the wildlife in Australia will be one of the highlights of a trip there for me, so I really enjoyed this post and appreciate all of the photos! The Merlin app is great and it is wonderful to see how much it has enhanced your time in Australia. Delightful post, thank you!

    December 16, 2023 at 10:24 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Thanks so much.

      December 16, 2023 at 7:24 pm
  • Reply Viola

    It’s amazing to see Australia’s bird diversity! My favourite one so far is the Red Rumped Parrot. I can’t wait to spot these feathered beauties on my next trip Down Under!

    December 16, 2023 at 10:34 am
    • Reply Laureen

      It’s such a great country for birds and wildlife. We have loved it!

      December 16, 2023 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply Terri

    Your photos of birds are astounding. What a great post.

    December 16, 2023 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Sharyn

    There are so many beautiful birds in Australia. Many of them visit my garden including kookaburras and a tawny frogmouth owl.

    December 16, 2023 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Maria

    Wow I had no idea that Australia had such a diversity in birds. They look beautiful and the photos you took are amazing. I’ve never been to Australia but would love to discover the wildlife there

    December 18, 2023 at 10:41 am
    • Reply Laureen

      I am in love with it!

      December 18, 2023 at 11:37 am

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