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Birdwatching

The exotic and beautiful bird life at Crystal Creek

For the benefit of those who would like tho be able to identify these birds in the wild, the following bird list has been compiled from observations made on the Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat property and environs by Judy and Ralph Kraemer since 1989.

The birds listed here are named according to the Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds by Peter Slater, and the page numbers are provided here to assist identification in the field.

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

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

U R
U N
C R
C R
C R
U N
C M
C R
U R
C M
C M
C R
C R
U R
C R
U N
C R
C R
C M
C R
C R
C R
U M
U N
C M
R N
U R
C M
C M
C R
U N
C R
C M
U N
C R
C R
C R
C R
C R
C M
C M
C M
U N
U N
C R
C R
C R
U R
C R
C R
C R
U N
U N
C R
C R
C M
C R
R R
U M
U R
U N
C M
C N
C N
C R
C R
C R
C R
C N
U R
C R
C R
C M
C R
C R
C R
C R
U R
U R
U R
C R
C R
C N
C R
C M
C M
C R
C R
C N
C M
C R
U M
C M
C R
C N
U N
U R
U N
C M
C R
C M
C N
C M
U N
C M
U R
C R
C M
C M
C N
C R
C M
C R
C R
U N
R M
C R
C N
C R
C M
U N
C N
C R
C R
C M
C M
C N
U R
C R
C M
C R
C N
C N
C R
C N
C R
C R
C R
U R
C R
C M
C N
U R
C R
C R

R
0
0
RO
A
A
C
C
A
A
R
A
RU
GO
R
RCU
GC
UG
R
R
GC
TC
T
GC
RT
TC
UC
RU
RT
RGC
RT
R
R
RUG
0
RU
RU
R
RCU
R
R
R
GO
RO
R
R
R
OC
R
RT
R
TC
R
RU
TC
RC
R
RC
RC
RC
TC
R
C
R
R
0
RT
0
A
0
A
R
0
0C
TC
R
0
R
CO
A
U
A
R
GC
A
RT
G
RUC
R
RC
AGO
R
R
C
R
C
A
A
RT
R
RU
RC
R
A
A
R
A
R
RU
R
0C
RT
R
RT
RU
R
RC
R
A
0
T
R
U
A
A
RC
A
C
RU
R
0
R
R
R
A
0
GR
R
RU
C
R
RU
RO
R
R

332
82
82
168
324
50
188
154
190
210
228
76
156
80
260
298
88
268
180
86
94
52
184
310
212
72
152
184
74
150
222
172
188
308
172
294
236
218
154
180
314
186
160
162
222
326
320
82
234
72
226
52
220
256
184
232
282
92
210
78
52
166
48
226
236
316
196
98
300
276
278
202
314
64
54
218
172
330
154
82
184
320
332
96
188
164
248
306
328
232
208
214
156
58
234
54
224
58
186
328
164
294
182
136
300
190
192
316
228
304
58
304
264
160
246
156
196
158
334
200
270
212
248
78
200
202
212
78
254
230
54
158
280
262
198
272
234
156
152
62
210
284
266
162
254

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.

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

37 species of birds recorded in 4 hours

On 28 September 2005 two scientists carried out a brief fauna survey in conjunction with the flora survey for the rehabilitation site. The weather was fine and warm. The ‘random meander' technique (Cropper 1993) was used to traverse the site and all incidental sightings of fauna utilising the study area were recorded.

37 bird species were recorded in the study area. 1 threatened species was recorded, the Wompoo fruit dove (Ptilinopus magnificus), heard vocalising high on the ridge line north-east of Crystal Creek, approximately 500m east of the orchard site.

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