Hi everyone, one or two have expressed a wish to see some of the birds I have mentioned in previous posts - so here they are, taken from the "The Field Guide to Birds of Australia" by Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight. These are some of the birds we get around here.
Channelled Billed Cuckoo. Lays its eggs in crows' nests. Large, raucous bird, but rather lovely.
Rainbow Lorikeets. Small, gregarious and social birds. Love getting the nectar from the flowers of the umbrella trees and getting positively squiffy on them. Noisy, quarrelsome and comical birds.
Pied Currawong. Quite a big bird, very handsome with a lovely call which is quite distinctive. A meat eater.
The famous Laughing Kookaburra. It's a biggish bird who loves meat and will grab it off your plate or out of your hand at picnic areas. Sits in the tree and laughs maniacally. The Aboriginal people use him as an alarm clock, because they say when the kookaburra laughs early in the morning, it is 30 minutes till dawn.
Australian Wood Duck. We have heaps of these things and I don't know how many times I've had to slam on the brakes because mama, papa and the kids are crossing the road.
Pied Butcherbird. Another meat eater with the most beautiful song. The notes are so pure they seem to hang in the air.
Australian King Parrot. Very colourful large bird, never used to be seen down this far but over the last few years has become more common. A seed and nut eater
Pheasant Coucal. Very clumsy bird with a call like water glugging down a drain. Not sure what it eats, probably insects.
Galah. These birds make great pets and can be taught to talk. My daughter has one and Molly is a great mimic. My daughter thought her dog was whining to go outside - it was the bird! They have the most beautiful colours. This picture doesn't really do them justice. Seed and nut eater and likes fruit (Molly does anyway, she'll eat anything - bread, cake, has a cup of tea. She doesn't know she's a galah, she thinks she's human.)
Koels or Storm Birds. So called because they call when it's going to storm or rain. They are going to town as I write this and looking out the window, it looks like rain!
These are just some of the birds in my backyard. I'll put some more on next time.