News

8 Interesting Facts about 8 Australian Birds























8 Awesome Avian Photos and Facts  

There are more than 700 species of birds found on in Australia, and of these, more than 300 of these are endemic to our country! It's impossible to choose a favourite, but we've collected some beautiful shots. Check them out!


Galahs are not only beautiful birds, they are loyal ones. They mate for life, and will only take a new partner if the other dies.

Galah

Photo © Oystercatcher/flickr 

 

Superb fairy-wrens sing tunes to their eggs that contain unique notes, which act as familial passwords. Embryonic chicks are able to learn these notes and incorporate them into their begging calls after they hatch! 

Superb fairy wrens

Photo © birdsaspoetry/flickr 
 

Barking owls, native to Australia, are known for their loud, explosive voices. When early settlers arrived and heard these owls screeching at night, some thought they were hearing the sound of women screaming!

Barking owl 

Photo © Duncan Rawlinson/flickr

 

The Australian pelican has the longest bill of any bird in the world, with a beak ranging from 13-18.5 inches long!

Australian pelicans

Photo © Foxcphotography/flickr    
 

Unfortunately, the Gouldian finch’s beautiful, bright colours have led to it to become a target for the illegal bird trade. Historically, illegal trapping, along with other factors, have greatly reduced its numbers—it is now one of the Northern Territory’s listed threatened species. 

Gouldian finch

Photo © Bionicteaching/flickr
  

The largest bird in Australia—and the second-largest in the world—is the emu. These docile, nomadic creatures cannot fly, so they roam the countryside on foot in search of food.

Emu

Photo © David Cook Wildlife Photography/flickr

 

Rainbow lorikeets spend most of their day feeding high up in canopies and rarely come to the ground! These colourful birds enjoy flowers, pollen, nectar, seeds, insects and fruit.

Rainbow lorikeets

Photo © David Cook Wildlife Photography/flickr
 

Sulphur-crested cockatoos are very intelligent and learn to talk quite easily. These birds are also survivors—they can live for up to 70 years!

Sulphur-crested cockatoo

Photo © Duncan Rawlinson/flickr

 

Help The Nature Conservancy's conservation work in Australia take flight - Become a conservation champion today.