ajft.org 2005-06-18


Birds in the garden

β€œHey, what's that?” was the cry at breakfast. A pair of Black-faced cuckoo-shrikes (Coracina novaehollandia) were flying about the garden, from the washing line to the gum tree to the apricot and back. OK, it must be about time that I wrote down all the birds we've seen in β€” or above β€” our garden. The following table is from the Monash city council, I've added in a column for our house!

Bird species. An asterisk (*) denotes an exotic species.

Common Name Scientific Name Mill road
White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae  
Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatus  
Dusky Moorhen Gallinula ventralis  
Australian Wood Duck Chenonetta jubata  
Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa  
Chestnut Teal Anas castanea  
Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis  
Latham's Snipe Gallinago hardwickii  
Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles  
Black-fronted Dotterel Elseyornis melanops  
Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera  
Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes +
*Spotted Turtle-Dove Streptopelia chinensis +
*Rock Dove Columba livia +
Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus +
Musk Lorikeet Glossopsitta concinna  
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus  
Galah Eolophus roseicapillus  
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita +
Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius  
Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans  
Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus  
Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae  
Powerful Owl Ninox strenua  
Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides  
Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis  
Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunculata +
Little Wattlebird Anthochaera chrysoptera  
Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala +
Bell Miner Manorina melanophrys  
White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus +
Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris  
Brown Thornbill Acanthiza pusilla +
Striated Thornbill Acanthiza lineata  
Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus  
Spotted Pardalote Pardalotus punctatus  
Silvereye Zosterops lateralis +
White-browed Scrub-wren Sericornis frontalis  
Superb Fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus  
Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca  
Grey Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa  
Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys  
Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis  
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Coracina novaehollandiae +
Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum  
Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena  
Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen +
Grey Butcherbird Cracticus torquatus +
Red-browed Finch Neochmia temporalis  
Pied Currawong Strepera graculina +
Grey Currawong Strepera versicolor  
Australian Raven Corvus coronoides  
Little Raven Corvus mellori +
*Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) Turdus merula +
*Song Thrush Turdus philomelos  
*Common Myna Acridotheres tristis +
*Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris +
*House Sparrow Passer domesticus +
*Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus  

Seems that we've also seen birds here that the Monash City Council doesn't list, below are the rest of the ones we've seen either in the garden or flying overhead:

Common Name Scientific Name Mill road
Peregrine Falcon unknown +
Silver gull unknown +
Australian Pelican unknown +