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Azure Kingfisher, a common sight on the Retreat
Regent Bowerbirds are an occasional sighting at the Retreat
Many kinds of parrots brighten up the Retreat
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Satin BowerbirdSatin Bowerbird

Featured species
CCRR News February 2015

Satin bowerbirds live in the rainforest of Crystal Creek but to actually see one is rare, so we were delighted recently to see a young male foraging in the seed we leave daily on our deck.

Satin Bowerbirds are named after the beautiful dark sheeny plumage of the male, who is best known for his habit of collecting blue objects. In urban areas clothes pegs are the usual target, but in the rainforest, the blue tail feathers of Crimson Rosellas are a prized favourite. Decorations can also be violets, purples or occasionally even lime-coloured.

A bower is not a nest – these are built well above ground by the female bowerbird – it is a courting space built of fine twigs and maintained and decorated fastidiously by a single blue male. It's also the scene of fierce competition as neighbouring males will attempt to destroy the bower and pinch the twigs or decorations for their own bowers.

Bowerbirds are omnivorous, feeding on animal and plant material including seeds, fruit, flowers and nectar. They also love fresh green leafy vegetables, which can bring them into conflict with gardeners.

The exotic and beautiful bird life at Crystal Creek

This bird list has been compiled from observations made on and around our property by Judy and Ralph Kraemer since 1989. Bird names are according to the Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds by Peter Slater.

Occurrence     Habitat

C Common (often seen)
Uncommon (seen once in a while)
R Resident (lives in one area all year)
M Migrant (makes regular trips from area to area, locally or long-distance)
N Nomadic (moves from area to area with no seasonal regularity)
V Vagrant (visits an area irregularly, usually passing through)

A All areas
R Rainforest
0 Open areas
U Understory
T Treetops
G Grassy areas
C near water

 
Common Name Occurrence Habitat Page no., Slater Field Guide

Albert's Lyrebird
Australian Hobby
Australian Kestrel
Australian King-Parrot
Australian Magpie
Australian Pelican
Azure Kingfisher
Bar-shouldered Dove
Barn Owl
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Black-faced Monarch
Black-shouldered Kite
Brown Cuckoo-Dove
Brown Falcon
Brown Gerygone
Brown Honeyeater
Brown Quail
Brown Thornbill
Brush Cuckoo
Brush Turkey
Buff-banded Rail
Cattle Egret
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Cicadabird
Collared Sparrowhawk
Common Bronzewing
Common Koel
Crested Hawk
Crested Pigeon
Crested Shrike-tit
Crimson Rosella
Dollarbird
Double-barred Finch
Eastern Rosella
Eastern Spinebill
Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Yellow Robin
Emerald Dove
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Figbird
Forest Kingfisher
Galah
Glossy Black-Cockatoo
Golden Whistler
Green Catbird
Grey Butcherbird
Grey Falcon
Grey Fantail
Grey Goshawk
Grey Shrike-thrush
Intermediate Egret
Jacky Winter
Large-billed Scrubwren
Laughing Kookaburra
Leaden Flycatcher
Lewin's Honeyeater
Lewin's Rail
Little Cuckoo-shrike
Little Eagle
Little Egret
Little Lorikeet
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Shrike-thrush
Logrunner
Magpie-lark
Marbled Frogmouth
Masked Lapwing
Mistletoebird
Noisy Friarbird
Noisy Miner
Noisy Pitta
Olive-backed Oriole
Pacific Black Duck
Pacific Heron
Pale-Yellow Robin
Pale-headed Rosella
Paradise Riflebird
Peaceful Dove
Peregrine Falcon
Pheasant Coucal
Pied Butcherbird
Pied Currawong
Purple Swamphen
Rainbow Bee-Eater
Rainbow Lorikeet
Red-backed Fairy-wren
Red-browed Finch (Firetail)
Regent Bowerbird
Restless Flycatcher
Richard's Pipit
Rose Robin
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Royal Spoonbill
Rufous Fantail
Rufous Night Heron
Rufous Whistler
Sacred Ibis
Sacred Kingfisher
Satin Bowerbird
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Scarlet Honeyeater
Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
Silver Gull
Silvereye
Sooty Owl
Southern Boobook Owl
Spangled Drongo
Spectaed Monarch
Spotted Pardalote
Straw-necked Ibis
Striated Pardalote
Striated Thornbill
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Superb Blue Fairy-wren
Superb Fruit-Dove
Tawny Frogmouth
Topknot Pigeon
Torresian Crow
Tree Martin
Varied Sittella
Varied Triller
Variegated Fairy-wren
Wedge-tail Eagle
Welcome Swallow
White's Thrush
White-Winged Triller
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
White-browed Scrubwren
White-eared Monarch
White-faced Heron
White-headed Pigeon
White-naped Honeyeater
White-throated Gerygone
White-throated Needletail
White-throated Treecreeper
Willie Wagtail
Wompoo Fruit-Dove
Wonga Pigeon
Wood Duck
Yellow-eyed Cuckoo-shrike
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-tailed Slack Cockatoo
Yellow-throated Scrubwren

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Australian Bird Watching website

41 bird species identified in 3 hours

As Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is directly adjacent to Lamington National Park and Springbrook National Park, it's a hot spot for birdwatching. For example, on the morning of 13 July 2008 the following species were sighted and identified in just three hours.

  • Australian Logrunner
  • Australian King Parrot
  • Brown Cuckoo-Dove
  • Brown Thornbill
  • Brown Gerygone
  • Crimson Rosella
  • Eastern Spinebill
  • Eastern Whipbird
  • Eastern Yellow Robin
  • Emerald Dove
  • Fan-tailed Cuckoo
  • Golden Whistler
  • Grey Fantail
  • Grey Shrike Thrush
  • Large-billed Scrubwren
  • Laughing Kookaburra
  • Lewin's Honeyeater
  • Mistletoebird
  • Pacific Baza
  • Pale-yellow Robin
  • Pied Currawong
  • Red-backed Fairy-wren
  • Red-browed Finch
  • Regent Bowerbird
  • Rose Robin
  • Rufous Whistler
  • Satin Bowerbird
  • Scarlet Honeyeater
  • Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
  • Silvereye
  • Spotted Pardalote
  • Striated Thornbill
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  • Topknot Pigeon
  • Torresian Crow
  • Wedge-tailed Eagle
  • White-browed Scrubwren
  • White-faced Heron
  • White-headed Pigeon
  • White-throated Treecreeper
  • Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo

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