Bee-Eater

The bee-eater, also known as a Rainbow Bird, is a delightful beautiful native bird that swoops the sky and grasses for flying insects. A Rainbow of colour – exquisite gemmy tones – these birds are a delight to watch when you are fortunate enough to visit their territory. One Dreaming …

Bowerbird

  A peak of avian evolution, and even a natural wonder, the Bowerbird has accomplished remarkable feats in architecture as some species have developed tool using capabilities.  The males construct elaborate bowers to attract a female and perform their courtship displays. These bowers are fabricated from sticks and are filled …

Brolga

Sometimes called native companions or Australian cranes, these grey birds are beautiful dancers, famous for their elaborate performances which appear to be for both pleasure and as a part of their mating ritual.  The Aboriginal people have immortalised their graceful steps through dance. Vocal birds, the females also make a …

Bush Turkey (or Brush Turkey or Scrub Turkey)

This unusual bird lays her eggs over a period of weeks in a leaf mound built by the male.  The male covers the eggs with leaves and regulates the temperature of the mound by testing it with his heat sensitive beak.  He will add or remove leaf matter as required.  …

Budgerigar

Budgerigar by ZooFari

Budgerigars have become one of the most popular caged birds worldwide.  These bright, cheery, cheeky characters are entertaining mimics; they can be masters of observation.  The meaning for budgerigar is supposed to be ‘good tucker’, however one would imagine them to be appetisers rather than the main course! They can …

Cockatoo – Black and White

The Australian cockatoo is either black with striking red or red and yellow tail feathers (the female also has yellow feathers on her head), or more commonly, white with a yellow crest.  Both types represent powerful spiritual symbols in the Dreaming. In their natural state, cockatoos nest in the hollows …

Cormorant (or Shag)

The name cormorant comes from old French and translates as ‘sea raven.’ These plain black or black and white land birds are very fond of fish. Only one species (the Black-Faced Cormorant) of the five found here is regarded as a seabird. Lacking the natural waterproofing, and hence buoyancy, that …

Crow

These intelligent birds are found in other places of the world and universally symbolise cleverness and slyness, as well as being messengers for the Spirit World. As an archetype, they appear as intermediaries for the devil or an evil force in movies and novels. Crows feed from carrion; and so …