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Brown Goshawk – Accipiter fasciatus

I was recently treated to this sight in our home paddock – a Brown goshawk with an unfortunate Tawny frogmouth that it had just killed.

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Blue-faced honeyeater ~ Entomyzon cyanotis

Adult Blue-faced honeyeater ~ Entomyzon cyanotis

Of all the avifauna in Australia two groups stand out as the most conspicuous: the parrots and cockatoos, and the honeyeaters. Of the honeyeaters the Blue-faced honeyeater is one of the largest and most striking, with its brilliant blue eye patch and somewhat aggressive nature.

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Emu – Dromaius novaehollandiae

Do you ever wonder why we have Emu Creek and Emu Vale in the Toowoomba area, but no Emu’s?

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Pheasant coucal – Centropus phasianinus

Adult male Pheasant coucal – Centropus phasianinus – in breeding plumage

I apologise for the articles appearing infrequently lately. I have been very busy preparing for the election, and in fact it was something that happened with that, that gave me the idea for this article.

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Australian white ibis – Threskiornis molucca – In Praise of the Bin Chicken

An Australian white ibis sitting on a nest

White ibis are much maligned, but I think they’re cute – I mean come on when have you ever seen a beak like that put to so many different uses?

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Australian magpie – Cracticus tibicen

Magpies bear very little resemblance to the European bird after which they are named, and are in fact butcherbirds – belonging to the genus Cracitus.

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Welcome swallow – Hirundo neoxena

Of the five species of swallows found in Australia (counting vagrants) the Welcome swallow is the most widely distributed and well-known.

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Australian brush-turkey – Alectura lathami

Australia has three species of mound-building birds, and by far the most well-known and widely distributed is the Australian brush-turkey.

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Yellow-tailed black cockatoo – Zanda funerea

Yellow-tailed black cockatoos are reasonably common along certain sections of the range and always leave a lasting impression in anyone who sees them, because of their sheer size.

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Common bronzewing – Phaps chalcoptera

A Common bronzewing showing its iridescent wing patches

Common bronzewings are a pigeon that many birders will travel some distance to see. They are Australia’s most widely spread pigeon but are only locally common, that means they will be found in good numbers in some areas, but then completely absent in other adjacent areas.