Australian Bush Birds




Information about more than two hundred and forty Australian birds is available on this site. There are many more birds in Australia but those included here are species most often seen by travellers on the road, around camping and caravan sites, or when walking quietly through the bush or on the seashore. This site makes it easier to identify these more readily seen birds and to learn about their habits.

The main part of this site contains a Description page for each species describing the bird (male and female if they look different), what it eats, where it lives and some comments on nesting habits. Information on Australian birds is variable; some are well known and have been extensively and closely studied, other species are little known and details, especially about breeding habits, are sparse. Description pages can be opened via the Index (using common or scientific name) or via Thumbnail identification pages which present easily scanned thumbnails of all birds included.

Clicking on an entry in THUMBNAILS opens the Main List; clicking on an entry in the Main list opens a screen of thumbnail photographs showing species selected. Once a bird has been identified, click on the Description button to open the description for that species.

Hint: To search for an elusive bird go to the Main List entry for Emu then use the BACK and NEXT buttons to open other entries.

The index lists scientific and widely used common names of birds in alphabetical order. Clicking on an index entry opens the description for that species.

If the name of the bird (common or scientific) being investigated is known the index is the quickest way to find description and photographs.

Regional collections offer an alternative way of identifying more commonly seen birds. Photographs on region pages were all taken in the region or location listed; clicking on the thumbnail photograph opens a full-size version containing a link to the relevant description.


Screen Links. Links on the screen are shown in blue text, often with a blue border; the link turns yellow with a red border and red text when the cursor is over it. Links are also shown as blue text on a blue-grey background which becomes red text on a yellow background when the cursor is on it. Click on the link to implement it (or touch it on a touch screen).

Browsers. This site was prepared using Internet Explorer version 11. Operation with other browsers (Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari) has been confirmed but sometimes other browsers, or earlier versions of Explorer, interpret HTML code slightly differently to Explorer 11 and the display is not always exactly as intended. When possible, such anomalies have been removed.

This site conforms with HTML 4.01 or HTML 5; pages are being re-written in HTML 5. Older browsers may not display HTML 5 pages exactly as intended. Photographs and maps are in .jpg format.

PDF Files & Printing. A button on most fact sheets opens a PDF file of that page which can be used to print an A4 size presentation version of that entry. Quality of paper used will be important in determining the quality of the printed output.

If printing from the screen better results will be achieved using settings of:- A4, portrait, top 12mm, bottom 9mm, left 19mm, right 19mm. Header and footer both 'empty'.

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