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The Beautiful Birds from Australia

Updated on June 19, 2016

The Lyrebird

Superb Lyrebird in Victoria, Australia By Fir 0002 GEDL 1.2
Superb Lyrebird in Victoria, Australia By Fir 0002 GEDL 1.2 | Source

The Lyrebird

The superb lyrebird is found in Australia and Tasmania. They like to live in moist forests.


The male superb lyrebird is 80 to 100cm long and the females are 74 to 84cm long. They weigh 957g. The are gorgeous a bird with their amazing looking tail.

The superb lyrebird will eat both meat and insects.


Superb lyrebird mound dance By Fir 2002 GEDL 1.2
Superb lyrebird mound dance By Fir 2002 GEDL 1.2 | Source

The male superb lyrebird will mate with multiple females. They contribute nothing to caring for the babies. The female will build a messy looking nest. She will lay 1 egg and sit on it until it hatches in about 50 days.

The superb lyrebird is not a good flier because their wings are weak and short. They are capable of jumping onto tree branches and rocks and then they will glide down to the forest floor.

The superb lyrebird is one of Australia's ancient creatures. Fossils have been found that are over 15 million years old.

The superb lyrebird is preyed on by cats, dogs, and foxes. They are not considered threatened at this time.


The Apostlebird

 Apostlebird By Berjamin444 cc By-SA 3.0
Apostlebird By Berjamin444 cc By-SA 3.0 | Source

The Apostlebird

The Apostlebird's scientific name is Struthidea cinerea.

The Apostlebird is found in Australia. They like to live in open dry forests and woodlands that are near water. They will also live in farmlands that have a lot of trees like orchards. They also like golf courses.

The Apostlebird has a body that is dark grey. Their wings are brown, and their tail is black. They will usually live in groups made up of 6 to 10 birds. They are usually found roaming around on the ground. The are 29 to 33cm long and will weigh 128g.

They will usually eat seeds, plants, insects and small vertebrates. The Apostlebird looks for food on the ground in large groups.

The Apostlebird will gather in groups of 10 or more related birds during mating season. The group will be made up of 1 male and several females plus young family members that help with the chores. The nest is made of mud and is bowl shaped and built on a branch that is 3 to 20m off of the ground. They line the nest with grass. The members of the group contribute to building a nest, feeding the babies, and the male and female will sit on the eggs. Many eggs will sometimes be laid in the nest, but 4 babies will usually survive to fledge.

The Apostlebird has become very tame around humans. They are common around farms and campsites.

They are not considered endangered.


The Bar-tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwit in breeding plumage By Andreas Treste CC BY-SA 2.5
Bar-tailed Godwit in breeding plumage By Andreas Treste CC BY-SA 2.5 | Source

The Bar-Tailed Godwit

The Bar-tailed Godwit's scientific name is Elmose lappnica.

After breeding season, the Bar-tailed Godwit will arrive in Australia. They live on mudflats, beaches, and mangroves. The Bar-tailed Godwit is a very social bird and will live in large groups.

The Bar-tailed Godwit is large and has a body that is mottled brown on top with a buff belly. Their wings are white on the underside. Their bill is long and turned up. Their tail is white with brown bars. The Bar-tailed Godwit will and by the thousands along the coast of Australia.

The Bar-tailed Godwit will eat mollusks, worms, and aquatic insects. They will stick their bills in the mud looking for food.

They will gather in groups of 30 or more when they are looking for food. They will migrate to Scandinavia, Asia, and Alaska for the breeding season. Some of the young birds will not migrate. They make their nest in moss. They will sometimes line it with vegetation. The male and female Bar-tailed godwit will incubate the eggs until they hatch, and they will both care for the babies.



The Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin By Benjamint444 GNU 1.2
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin By Benjamint444 GNU 1.2 | Source

The Chestnut-breasted Mannikin


The Chestnut-breasted Mannikin's scientific name is Lonchura castaneo-thorax.

You will find the Chestnut-breasted Mannikin living in Australia and New Guinea. They will be found living in reed beds, long grass, swamps, and mangroves.

The Chestnut-breasted Mannikin is a finch. Their body is brown, and their crown is grey. Their face is black, and their beak is heavy and grey. Their breast is chestnut brown divided by a bar that is black. The lower part is white. They have a golden orange rump and tail. Under their tail is black. They are 10 to 12cm long and weigh 14g.

The Chestnut-breasted Mannikin likes to eat grass seeds. At the beginning of breeding season, they will eat flying termites.

They will nest in groups. Their nests are close in grass clumps, sugar cane and reeds. They use green or dried grass blades to build a round nest, and they line it with fine grass. The male and female build the nest, sit on the egg and feed the babies. The female stays with the babies at night and the male will leave.

They will sometimes cause crop damage looking for food.


The Chestnut-crowned Babbler

Chestnut-crowned Babbler By Chris Tzaroa CC BY-SA 3.0
Chestnut-crowned Babbler By Chris Tzaroa CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source

The Chestnut-crowned Babbler

The Chestnut-crowned Babbler's scientific name is Pomatostomus ruficips.

The Chestnut-crowned Babbler is a native of Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria. They like woodlands, shrublands that have bare ground and thick, tall shrubs and trees.

The chestnut-crowned babbler has a body that is dark brown-grey, and their throat is white. Their tail has a white tip, and they have a bill that is long and curves down. Their wing coverts have 2 white stripes on the. They are very social and noisy. They will usually be found groups of 4 to 15 birds. They will form groups when dust bathing, preening and looking for food. They are 19 to 23cm long and weigh 55g.

The Chestnut-crowned Babbler will eat insects, spiders, small amphibians, crustaceans, and reptiles. They will also eat fruit and seeds.

The Chestnut-crowned Babbler will form breeding pairs with non-breeding helpers. They will use sticks to build a dome-shaped nest. They will put the nest in small tree forks in the trees that are in the upper canopy of the forest. They will also put their nests in shrubs. The female Chestnut-crowned

Babbler will lay 2 to 5 eggs.


The Crested Bellbird

Crested Bellbird By Peter Jacobs CC BY-SA 2.0
Crested Bellbird By Peter Jacobs CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source

The Crested Bellbird

The Crested Bellbird's scientific name is Dreoica gutturalis.

The Crested Bellbird is a native of mainland Australia. They will be found living in semi-arid coastlines to the arid interior. They like acacia shrubland, eucalyptus woodlands, spinifex and saltbush plains and dunes.

They are a medium sized bird being 19 to 23cm long and weighing 63g. The male's head is grey, and their crest is black and raised. Their forehead and throat are white. Their breast is black. They have a grey or brown body.

The Crested Bellbird will eat invertebrates and a few seeds. They look for food on the ground. They are found alone or in pairs.

They will use twigs, bark and leaves to build their nest that is cup-shaped. They put the nest in a tree fork. Both the female and male sit on the eggs.

They are losing habitat because the land is being cleared. They are also killed by domestic cats.



The Crested Shrike-tit

Male eating by Frankzed CC BY-SA 2.0
Male eating by Frankzed CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source

The Crested Shrike-tit

The Crested Shrike-tit's scientific name is Falcunculus frontatus.

The Crested Shrike-tit is a native of Australia. They like to live in Eucalyptus forests and woodlands, gullies with trees and along rivers. They also like rainforests. You will occasionally find them in parks, gardens, pine plantations and farms with trees.

The Crested Shrike-tit's head, crest and neck are black and white striped. Their throat is black. Their beak is short, and the tip is hooked. Their color pattern can vary depending on where they live. They are 15 to 19cm long and weigh 27g.

They will usually eat insects, fruits and seeds. They will look for food in trees and not on the ground. They usually look for food alone, in pairs or groups made up of 5 birds. When they are looking for insects in the trees, you can hear them tearing at the tree bark.

The male will choose a site for the nest. He usually chooses a high fork in a eucalyptus tree. The female uses dry grass, and bark strips to build a cone shaped nest. She will use spider webs, moss and lichen to cover the outside with. The female will lay 2 to 3 eggs, and the male helps her incubate them until they hatch in 20 days. He also helps feed the babies.

The Crested Shrike-tit is endangered. They are losing habitat and their food supply to human development.



The Crimson Chat

Crimson Chat Male By Aviceda CC BY-SA 3.0
Crimson Chat Male By Aviceda CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source

The Crimson Chat

The Crimson Chat's scientific name is Epthianura tricolor.

The Crimson Chat is a native bird of Australia. The Crimson Chat will go to northern Australia for the winter. They will go to southern Australia for the summer. They will also move around depending on the rains.

The Crimson Chat is small being 11 to 13cm long and weighing 11g Their beak curves down. The male's body is dark brown on top. Their crown, breast, and rump are bright red. Their eyes have a black mask around them, and their throat is white. The females and young are much paler colored.

The Crimson Chat's diet is made up of mainly insects. They find most of their food on the ground. They will also eat nectar and insects they find n shrub and tree flowers.



Female in Karratha, Pilbara, Western Australia By Jim Bendon CC BY-SA 3.0
Female in Karratha, Pilbara, Western Australia By Jim Bendon CC BY-SA 3.0 | Source

The Crimson Chat will use grass, twigs and plant stems to build a small, round cup-shaped nest. They will put the nest in low shrubs. The male and female will care for the babies.

The Crimson Chat's nests are near the ground and sometimes the babies are killed by cats and foxes.



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