Fåglar i Australien

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I förlängningen av ett veckolångt NATO-möte i Adelaide i Australien passade jag & Eva på att stanna ytterligare en vecka för att med hyrbil uppsöka olika naturreservat, parker, stränder, byar och städer. Höjdpunkten blev tre dagar på Kangeroo Island. Här följer ett antal utvalda bilder på de fåglar jag lyckats identifiera. Tyvärr hade jag inte med mig mitt stora fågelobjektiv och bildkvaliteten är naturligtvis därefter...

Här följer bilder på de 60 australiensiska fåglar som jag tycker är värda att visa (utrustning Canon 7D Mk II, 70-200 2.8 IS + 2x Extender Mk III):

Painted button-quail The painted button-quail (Turnix varius - Brokspringhöna) is a species of buttonquail, the family Turnicidae, which resemble, but are unrelated to, the quails of Phasianidae. This species is resident in Australia where numbers are believed to be in decline. The painted buttonquail is about 19 to 20 cm long. It is a ground-dwelling bird and is found in grassy forests and woodlands. It feeds on insects and seeds, and the males incubate the eggs for a fortnight and then care for the young.

Radjah Shelduck The radjah shelduck (Radjah radjah - Vithuvad gravand) is a species of shelduck found mostly in Papua New Guinea and Australia, and also on some of the Moluccas. It is known alternatively as the raja shelduck, black-backed shelduck, or (in Australia) Burdekin duck. The radjah shelduck is listed as a protected bird in all states of Australia and penalties exist for harming or disturbing them. The species prefers the brackish waters of mangrove flats and paperbark tree swamps, but will visit freshwater swamps, lagoons, and billabongs further inland during the wet season.

Variegated Fairy-wren The variegated fairywren (Malurus lamberti - Brokblåsmyg) is a fairywren that lives in diverse habitats across most of Australia. Four subspecies are recognised. In a species that exhibits sexual dimorphism, the brightly coloured breeding male has chestnut shoulders and azure crown and ear coverts, while non-breeding males, females and juveniles have predominantly grey-brown plumage, although females of the subspecies rogersi and dulcis (previously termed lavender-flanked fairywren) have mainly blue-grey plumage.

White-browed Woodswallow The white-browed woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus - Vitbrynad svalstareg) is a moderately sized passerine bird native to inland Australia. Like all woodswallows, it has a brush-tipped tongue but feeds almost exclusively on flying insects. White-browed woodswallows are highly nomadic. Pairs, small parties, and sometimes flocks of thousands wander irregularly around inland Australia, often trending north to winter in the Northern Territory and central Queensland, and south in spring to nest. Their heartland is the area centered on the Murray-Darling Basin, but they range far beyond this area, and in drought years frequently reach coastal southeast Australia.

Magpie Goose The magpie goose (Anseranas semipalmata - Skatgås) is the sole living representative waterbird species of the Anseranatidae family. It is a resident breeder in northern Australia and a vagrant to southern New Guinea. The species was once also widespread in southern Australia, but disappeared from there largely due to the drainage of the wetlands where the birds once bred. The Kunwinjku of western Arnhem Land know this bird as Manimanuk. It became an important food item with the formation of wetlands about 1500 ya, and is depicted in rock art from this period.

White-eyed Duck The white-eyed duck (Aythya australis – Australisk dykand), also the hardhead, is the only true diving duck found in Australia. Hardheads are common in the south-east of Australia, particularly in the Murray-Darling Basin, but also in the wetter country near the coasts. They are moderately nomadic in normal years, but disperse widely in times of drought.

Hoary-headed Grebe The hoary-headed grebe (Poliocephalus poliocephalus - Gråhuvad dopping) is a member of the grebe family. It breeds in southern parts of Australia and Tasmania; it winters throughout the island. The bird takes its name from the silvery-white streaking on its black head. It is common in Australia, with a population of about 500,000. Its habitat is similar to that of the Australasian grebe.

Bar-shouldered Dove The bar-shouldered dove (Geopelia humeralis - Blåbröstad zebraduva) is native to Australia and southern New Guinea. It is protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. It is a medium-sized pigeon varying in size from 26 to 30 centimetres. Its voice is a distinctive and melodious "cook-a-wook" or "coolicoo".

Red-browed Finch The red-browed finch (Neochmia temporalis - Rödbrynad astrild) is an estrildid finch that inhabits the east coast of Australia. It is commonly found in temperate forest and dry savannah habitats. It may also be found in dry forest and mangrove habitats in tropical region. The species is distinguished by the bright red stripe above the eye, and bright red rump. The rest of the body is grey, with olive wing coverts and collar. The adults are 11–12 cm long.

Masked Woodswallow The Masked Woodswallow (Artamus personatus - Svatrmaskad svalstare) is a medium sized species of Woodswallow in the bird family Artamidae. It is a common, gregarious and highly nomadic species, appearing in large flocks usually with White-browed Woodswallow (Artamus superciliosus). Among the few passerines that have powder down through their plumage. Listed as least concern on the ICUN list. Widespread on mainland Australia, less common in coastal and near coastal areas. Mainly inhibit open forest, woodland, heath, roadside and farm tree belts.

Emu The emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae - Emu) is the second-largest living bird by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich. It is endemic to Australia where it is the largest native bird and the only extant member of the genus Dromaius. The emu's range covers most of mainland Australia. The bird is sufficiently common for it to be rated as a least-concern species. Emus are soft-feathered, brown, flightless birds with long necks and legs, and can reach up to 1.9 metres in height. Emus can travel great distances, and when necessary can sprint at 50 km/h. They forage for a variety of plants and insects, but have been known to go for weeks without eating. They drink infrequently, but take in copious amounts of water when the opportunity arises.

Bush Stone-curlew The bush stone-curlew or bush thick-knee (Burhinus grallarius, obsolete name Burhinus magnirostris - Stylttjockfot) is a large (55–60 cm wingspan), ground-dwelling bird endemic to Australia. Bush stone-curlews remain reasonably common in the north of Australia, but have become rare in the less fertile south. Many experts believe that fox predation is a prime factor in their decline, however there are areas where foxes are common yet the bush stone-curlew population remains healthy, so the true causes remain uncertain.

Budgerigar The budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus - Undulat), also known as the common parakeet or shell parakeet and informally nicknamed the budgie, is a small, long-tailed, seed-eating parrot. Budgerigars are the only species in the Australian genus Melopsittacus and are found wild throughout the drier parts of Australia where the species has survived harsh inland conditions for the last five million years. Budgerigars are naturally green and yellow with black, scalloped markings on the nape, back and wings, but have been bred in captivity with colouring in blues, whites, yellows, greys and even with small crests. Budgerigars are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost and ability to mimic human speech. The origin of the budgerigar's name is unclear. The species was first recorded in 1805, and today is the third most popular pet in the world, after the domesticated dog and cat.

Masked Lapwing The masked lapwing (Vanellus miles - Maskvipa), also known as the masked plover and often called the spur-winged plover or just plover in its native range, is a large, common and conspicuous bird native to Australia, particularly the northern and eastern parts of the continent, New Zealand and New Guinea. It spends most of its time on the ground searching for food such as insects and worms and has several distinctive calls. There are two subspecies; the southern novaehollandiae has distinctive black markings on the shoulder and side of the chest, and is sometimes recognized as a separate species, the black-shouldered lapwing (Vanellus novaehollandiae). These brown-black, white and yellow plovers are common in Australian fields and open land.

Australien White Ibis The Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca - Australisk ibis) is a wading bird of the ibis family, Threskiornithidae. It is widespread across much of Australia. It has a predominantly white plumage with a bare, black head, long downcurved bill and black legs. Its sister species is the sacred ibis. Historically rare in urban areas, the Australian white ibis has immigrated to urban areas of the east coast in increasing numbers since the late 1970s; it is now commonly seen in Wollongong, Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Townsville. In recent years the bird has also become increasing common in Perth, Western Australia and surrounding towns in south-western Australia. Populations have disappeared from natural breeding areas such as the Macquarie Marshes in north-western New South Wales. Management plans have been introduced to control problematic urban populations in Sydney.

Superb Fairy-Wren The superb fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus - Vitbukig blåsmyg), also known as the superb blue-wren or colloquially as the blue wren, is a passerine bird of the family Maluridae, common and familiar across southeastern Australia. The species is sedentary and territorial, also exhibiting a high degree of sexual dimorphism; the male in breeding plumage has a striking bright blue forehead, ear coverts, mantle, and tail, with a black mask and black or dark blue throat. Six subspecies groups are recognized: three larger and darker forms from Tasmania, Flinders and King Island respectively, and three smaller and paler forms from mainland Australia and Kangaroo Island.

Eastern Rosella The Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius - Praktrosella) is a rosella native to southeast of the Australian continent and to Tasmania. It has been introduced to New Zealand where feral populations are found in the North Island (notably in the northern half of the island and in the Hutt Valley) and in the hills around Dunedin in the South Island.

Silver Gull The silver gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae - Silvermås) is the most common gull seen in Australia. It has been found throughout the continent, but particularly at or near coastal areas. The silver gull should not be confused with the herring gull, which is called "silver gull" in many other languages (scientific name Larus argentatus, German Silbermöwe, French Goéland argenté, Dutch zilvermeeuw), but is a much larger, robust gull with no overlap in range.

Cape Barren Goose The Cape Barren goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae - Hönsgås) is a large goose resident in southern Australia. The species is named for Cape Barren Island, where specimens were first sighted by European explorers. It is restricted to the south-eastern coast of Australia, the southern coast of Western Australia and in south-eastern Victoria where it is found on offshore islands in areas of pasture, tussock grass or low healthy scrub.

Pacific Gull The Pacific gull (Larus pacificus - Grovnäbbad trut) is a very large gull, native to the coasts of Australia. It is moderately common between Carnarvon in the west, and Sydney in the east, although it has become scarce in some parts of the south-east, as a result of competition from the kelp gull, which has "self-introduced" since the 1940s. Much larger than the ubiquitous silver gull, and nowhere near as common, Pacific gulls are usually seen alone or in pairs, loafing around the shoreline, steadily patrolling high above the edge of the water, or (sometimes) zooming high on the breeze to drop a shellfish or sea urchin onto rocks.

Australian Pelican The Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus - Australisk pelikan) is a large waterbird of the family Pelecanidae, widespread on the inland and coastal waters of Australia and New Guinea, also in Fiji, parts of Indonesia and as a vagrant in New Zealand. It is a predominantly white bird with black wings and a pink bill. It has been recorded as having the longest bill of any living bird. It mainly eats fish, but will also consume birds and scavenges for scraps.

New Holland Honeyeater The New Holland honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae - Vitögd honungsfågel) is a honeyeater species found throughout southern Australia. It was among the first birds to be scientifically described in Australia, and was initially named Certhia novaehollandiae. It is a very active bird and rarely sits long enough to give an extended view. When danger approaches a New Holland honeyeater, such as a bird of prey, a group of honeyeaters will form together and give a warning call.

Galah The galah (Eolophus roseicapilla - Rosenkakadua), also known as the rose-breasted cockatoo, galah cockatoo, roseate cockatoo or pink and grey, is one of the most common and widespread cockatoos, and it can be found in open country in almost all parts of mainland Australia. It is endemic on the mainland and was introduced to Tasmania, where its distinctive pink and grey plumage and its bold and loud behavior make it a familiar sight in the bush and increasingly in urban areas. It appears to have benefited from the change in the landscape since European colonisation and may be replacing the Major Mitchell's cockatoo in parts of its range. The term galah is derived from gilaa, a word found in Yuwaalaraay and neighbouring Aboriginal languages.

Silvereye The silvereye or wax-eye (Zosterops lateralis - Gråryggig glasögonfågel) is a very small omnivorous passerine bird of the south-west pacific. In Australia and New Zealand its common name is sometimes white-eye, but this name is more commonly used to refer to all members of the genus Zosterops, or the entire family Zosteropidae.

Australian Shelduck The Australian shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides - Australisk gravand), also known as the mountain duck, is a shelduck part of the bird family Anatidae. The genus name Tadorna comes from Celtic roots and means "pied waterfowl". They are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1974. The males are mostly dark, with a chestnut breast. They have white neck collars and dark green heads. The females are similar, but they have white around the eyes and are smaller. Both males and females show a white wing during flight. The Australian shelduck mainly breeds in southern Australia and Tasmania and is still fairly common.

Red Wattlebird The red wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata - Rödflikig honungsfågel) is a passerine bird native to southern Australia. At 33–37 cm (13–14 1⁄2 in) in length, it is the second largest species of Australian honeyeater. It has mainly grey-brown plumage, with red eyes, distinctive pinkish-red wattles on either side of the neck, white streaks on the chest and a large bright yellow patch on the lower belly. The sexes are similar in plumage. John White described the red wattlebird in 1790; three subspecies are recognized.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo The sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita - Större gultofskakadua) is a relatively large white cockatoo found in wooded habitats in Australia and New Guinea and some of the islands of Indonesia. They can be locally very numerous, leading to them sometimes being considered pests. A highly intelligent bird, they are well known in aviculture, although they can be demanding pets.

Pied Oystercatcher The pied oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris - Australisk strandskata) is a species of oystercatcher. It is a wading bird native to Australia and commonly found on its coastline. The name "oystercatcher" is something of a misnomer for this species, because they seldom eat oysters, which are found mainly on rocky coastlines. Pied oystercatchers frequent sandy coastlines, where they feed mainly on bivalve molluscs, which are prised apart with their specially adapted bill. This Australian species is easily recognized by the characteristic 5–8 cm long orange-red beak, slender pink legs and black and white plumage. With the wings extended, a white wing-stripe is also visible.

Zebra Finch The zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata [formerly Poephila guttata] - Zebrafink), is the most common estrildid finch of Central Australia and ranges over most of the continent, avoiding only the cool moist south and some areas of the tropical far north. It can also be found natively in Indonesia and East Timor. The bird has been introduced to Puerto Rico and Portugal.

Crescent Honeyeater The crescent honeyeater (Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus - Månbröstad honungsfågel) is a passerine bird of the honeyeater family, Meliphagidae, native to southeastern Australia. A member of the genus Phylidonyris, it is most closely related to the common New Holland honeyeater (P. novaehollandiae) and the white-cheeked honeyeater (P. niger). Two subspecies are recognized, with P. p. halmaturinus restricted in range to Kangaroo Island and the Mount Lofty Ranges in South Australia.

Apostle Bird The apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea - Apostelfågel), also known as the grey jumper, lousy jack or cwa bird is a quick-moving, gray or black bird about 13 inches (33 centimetres) long. It is a native to Australia where it roams woodlands, eating insects and seeds at, or near, ground level. Apostlebirds often travel in groups of about 12; for this reason they were named after the Biblical apostles, the twelve chief followers of Jesus Christ.

Tawny-Crowned Honeyeater The tawny-crowned honeyeater (Gliciphila melanops - Aprikoskronad honungsfågel) is a passerine bird native to southern Australia. It was was originally described by ornithologist John Latham in 1801 as Certhia melanops. Its specific epithet is derived from the Ancient Greek terms melano- "black" and ōps "face". DNA analysis has shown honeyeaters to be related to the Pardalotidae (pardalotes), Acanthizidae (Australian warblers, scrubwrens, thornbills, etc.), and Maluridae (Australian fairy-wrens) in a large Meliphagoidea superfamily.

Peaceful Dove The peaceful dove (Geopelia placida - Billabongduva) is a pigeon native to Australia and New Guinea. The peaceful dove is closely related to the zebra dove of south-east Asia and the barred dove of eastern Indonesia. Until recently, the three were classed as a single species, Geopelia striata, known as peaceful dove or zebra dove.

Australian Fairy Tern The Australian fairy tern (Sternula nereis nereis – Australisk småtärna) breeds in Australia. There are three subspecies of the fairy tern. It is a small tern which is native to the southwestern Pacific. It is listed as "Vulnerable" by the IUCN and the New Zealand subspecies is "Critically Endangered". Formerly classified as a Species of Least Concern by the IUCN, recent research shows that its numbers have been decreasing rapidly throughout its range.

Diamond Firetail The diamond firetail (Stagonopleura guttata - Diamantastrild) is a species of estrildid finch that is endemic to Australia. Estrildinae may have originated in India and dispersed thereafter (towards Africa and Pacific Ocean habitats). This bird is considered one of the smallest of the finches.

Little Black Cormorant The little black cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris - Sotskarv) is a member of the cormorant family of seabirds. It is common in smaller rivers and lakes throughout most areas of Australia and northern New Zealand, where it is known as the little black shag. It is around sixty centimetres long, and is all black with blue-green eyes.

Hooded Plover The hooded dotterel or hooded plover (Thinornis cucullatus - Svarthuvad pipare) is a species of bird in the family Charadriidae. It is endemic to southern Australia and Tasmania where it inhabits ocean beaches and subcoastal lagoons. There are two recognised subspecies, both of which are classified as endangered. Fewer than 70 Hooded Plovers are left on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Australian Pied Cormorant The Australian pied cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius - Australisk skarv), also known as the pied cormorant, pied shag, or great pied cormorant, is a medium-sized member of the cormorant family. It is found around the coasts of Australasia. In New Zealand it is usually known either as the pied shag or by its Māori name of Karuhiruhi. Older sources may refer to it as the "yellow-faced cormorant".

Grey Fantail The grey fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa - Australisk solfjäderstjärt) is a small insectivorous bird. It is a common fantail found in Australia (except western desert areas), the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. The species is considered by many to conspecific with (the same as) the New Zealand fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa), however due to differences in its calls some authorities now treat it as a separate species.

Crested Tern The greater crested tern (Thalasseus bergii - Tofstärna), also called crested tern or swift tern, is a tern in the family Laridae that nests in dense colonies on coastlines and islands in the tropical and subtropical Old World. Its five subspecies breed in the area from South Africa around the Indian Ocean to the central Pacific and Australia, all populations dispersing widely from the breeding range after nesting. This large tern is closely related to the royal and lesser crested terns, but can be distinguished by its size and bill colour.

Wild Tureky The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo - "Vild" Kalkon) is an upland ground bird native to North America and is the heaviest member of the diverse Galliformes. Although native to North America, the turkey probably got its name from the domesticated variety being imported to Britain in ships coming from the Levant via Spain. The British at the time therefore associated the wild turkey with the country Turkey and the name prevails. There are wild populations of some size following introductions in Germany, Hawaii and New Zealand. And we can also see the beginning of established wild populations of wild turkey at several islands in Oceania, for example Kangaroo Island.

Little Egret The little egret (Egretta garzetta - Silkeshäger) is a species of small heron in the family Ardeidae. The genus name comes from the Provençal French Aigrette, "egret", a diminutive of Aigron," heron". The species epithet garzetta is from the Italian name for this bird, garzetta or sgarzetta. Its breeding distribution is in wetlands in warm temperate to tropical parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

Straw-necked Ibis The straw-necked ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis - Skäggibis) is a bird of the ibis and spoonbill family Threskiornithidae. Adults have distinctive straw-like feathers on their neck. Straw-necked ibises are found throughout Australia, except parts of Western Australia, South Australia, and south-west Tasmania. They are most abundant on the east coast, and also inhabit Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island. They are also found in Indonesia and New Guinea. They build in colonies, often with the Australian white ibis.

Little Corella The little corella (Cacatua sanguinea - Nakenögd kakadua), also known as the bare-eyed cockatoo, blood-stained cockatoo, short-billed corella, little cockatoo and blue-eyed cockatoo, is a white cockatoo native to Australia and southern New Guinea. It was known as Birdirra among the Yindjibarndi people of the central and western Pilbara. They would keep them as pets, or traditionally cook and eat them. The downy feathers are used in traditional ceremonies and dances where they adorn head and armbands.

Black Swan The black swan (Cygnus atratus - Svart svan) is a large waterbird, a species of swan which breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia. Within Australia they are nomadic, with erratic migration patterns dependent upon climatic conditions. Black swans are large birds with mostly black plumage and red bills. They are monogamous breeders. Male and female share incubation and cygnet rearing duty.

Sooty Oystercatcher The sooty oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus - Sotstrandskata) is a species of oystercatcher. It is a wading bird endemic to Australia and commonly found on its coastline. It prefers rocky coastlines, but will occasionally live in estuaries. All of its feathers are black. It has a red eye, eye ring and bill, and pink legs.

White-faced Heron The white-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae - Vithuvad häger) also known as the white-fronted heron and incorrectly as the grey heron or blue crane, is a common bird throughout most of Australasia, including New Guinea, the islands of Torres Strait, Indonesia, New Zealand, and all but the driest areas of Australia. It is a medium-sized heron, pale, slightly bluish-grey, with yellow legs and white facial markings. It can be found almost anywhere near shallow water, fresh or salt, and although it is prompt to depart the scene on long, slow-beating wings if disturbed, it will boldly raid suburban fish ponds.

Little Penguin The little penguin (Eudyptula minor - Dvärgpingvin) is the smallest species of penguin. It grows to an average of 33 cm in height and 43 cm in length, though specific measurements vary by subspecies. It is found on the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand, with possible records from Chile. In Australia, they are often called fairy penguins because of their small size. In New Zealand, they are more commonly known as little blue penguins or blue penguins owing to their slate-blue plumage. They are also known by their Māori name: kororā.

Magpie-Lark The magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca - Skatlärka), also known as the peewee, peewit or mudlark, is a passerine bird native to Australia, Timor and southern New Guinea. The male and female both have black and white plumage, though with different patterns. John Latham described the species in 1801. Long thought to be a member of the mudnest builder family Corcoracidae, it has been reclassified in the family Monarchidae (the monarch flycatchers). Two subspecies are recognized.

Australian Magpie The Australian magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen - Flöjtkråka) is a medium-sized black and white passerine bird native to Australia and southern New Guinea. Although once considered to be three separate species, it is now considered to be one, with nine recognised subspecies. With its long legs, the Australian magpie walks rather than waddles or hops and spends much time on the ground. Described as one of Australia's most accomplished songbirds, the Australian magpie has an array of complex vocalisations.  The Australian magpie is the mascot of several Australian sporting teams, most notably the Collingwood Magpies, the Western Suburbs Magpies and Port Adelaide Magpies.

Willie Wagtail The willie wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys - Ärlesolfjäderstjärt) is a passerine bird native to Australia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Bismarck Archipelago, and Eastern Indonesia. It is a common and familiar bird throughout much of its range, living in most habitats apart from thick forest. Measuring 19–21.5 cm in length, the willie wagtail is contrastingly coloured with almost entirely black upperparts and white underparts; the male and female have similar plumage. The willie wagtail is insectivorous and spends much time chasing prey in open habitat. Its common name is derived from its habit of wagging its tail horizontally when foraging on the ground. It was widely featured in Aboriginal folklore around the country as either a bringer of bad news or a stealer of secrets.

Singing Honeyeater The singing honeyeater (Gavicalis virescens - Sånghonungsfågel) is a small bird found in Australia, and is part of the honeyeater family, Meliphagidae. The bird lives in a wide range of shrub-land, wood-land and coastal habitat. It is relatively common and is widespread right across Australia west of the Great Dividing Range, through to the west coast and on Western Australian coastal islands. It does not occur in other countries.

Dusky Moorhen The dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa - Mörk rörhöna) is a bird species in the rail family and is one of the eight extant species in the moorhen genus. It occurs in India, Australia, New Guinea, Borneo and Indonesia. It is often confused with the purple swamphen and the Eurasian coot due to similar appearance and overlapping distributions. They often live alongside birds in the same genus, such as the Tasmanian nativehen and the common moorhen.


Noisy Miner The noisy miner (Manorina melanocephala - Larmhonungsstare) is a bird in the honeyeater family, Meliphagidae, and is endemic to eastern and south-eastern Australia. This miner is a grey bird, with a black head, orange-yellow beak and feet, a distinctive yellow patch behind the eye and white tips on the tail feathers. As the common name suggests, the noisy miner is a vocal species with a large range of songs, calls, scoldings and alarms, and almost constant vocalizations particularly from young birds.

Crested Pigeon The crested pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes - Tofsduva) is a bird found widely throughout mainland Australia except for the far northern tropical areas. It is the only member of the genus Ocyphaps. Only two Australian pigeon species possess an erect crest, the crested pigeon and the spinifex pigeon. The crested pigeon is the larger of the two species. The crested pigeon is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a topknot pigeon, but the topknot pigeon, Lopholaimus antarcticus has a red-brown crest that does not stand erect.

Rainbow Lorikeet The rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus - Regnbågslorikit) is a species of parrot found in Australia. It is common along the eastern seaboard, from northern Queensland to South Australia. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas. Several taxa traditionally listed as subspecies of the rainbow lorikeet are now treated as separate species.

Australian Raven The Australian raven (Corvus coronoides - Australisk korp) is a passerine bird in the genus Corvus native to much of southern and northeastern Australia. Measuring 46–53 centimetres in length, it has all-black plumage, beak and mouth, as well as strong grey-black legs and feet. The upperparts are glossy, with a purple, blue or green sheen, and its black feathers have grey bases. The Australian raven is distinguished from the Australian crow species by its throat hackles, which are prominent in adult birds. Older adult individuals have white irises, younger adults have a white irises with an inner blue rim, while younger birds have dark brown irises until fifteen months of age, and hazel irises with an inner blue rim around each pupil until age two years and ten months.

Australian Nankeen Kestrel The Australian kestrel or nankeen kestrel (Falco cenchroides - Nakinfalk) is one of the smallest falcons, and unlike many, does not rely on speed to catch its prey. Instead, it simply perches in an exposed position, but it also has a distinctive technique of hovering over crop and grasslands. A very common and easily seen raptor, the nankeen kestrel is found in Australia, New Guinea, and nearby islands, and is an irregular visitor to New Zealand. It occupies any type of land that is not too densely vegetated, but in particular temperate grasslands and open woodlands.

Chestnut Teal The chestnut teal (Anas castanea - Kastanjekricka) is a dabbling duck found in Australia. It is protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. The chestnut teal is commonly distributed in south-eastern and south-western Australia, while vagrants may occur elsewhere. The chestnut teal prefers coastal estuaries and wetlands, and is indifferent to salinity. This bird is an omnivore.

Diamond Dove The diamond dove (Geopelia cuneata - Diamantduva) is a resident bird in Australia. The dove predominantly exists in areas near water but which are lightly arid or semi-arid in nature, being Central, West and Northern Australia. They are one of Australia's smallest pigeons along with the peaceful dove. They have been spotted occasionally in Southern Australia in parks and gardens when the centre of Australia is very dry. They are small pigeons with a length of 19 to 21 centimeters. Regardless of sex, they have white spots and black edges on their wings, red eyes and orange eye-rings.

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Koala Såg vi lite här och var - såväl vid vägkanten som högt uppe i träden...

Känguru Trodde man skulle se dem hela tiden och anpassade hastigheten längs vägarna därefter, men de var betydligt mer skygga under dagarna än förväntat...

Delfiner Ett gäng på 10-15 delfiner dök upp längs kusten när vi var på Kangaroo Island...

Pälssäl Pälssälarna hade börjat samlats inför parningen vid Admirals Arch på Kangaroo Island...