Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Confusing Aussie birds
Many Australian bird species were discovered and named by European naturalists and explorers, and were therefore named after more familiar species. This gives rise to some very odd bird names here in Australia. One of my favourite families are the Quail-thrushes. This male Chestnut Quail-thrush was photographed at Birds Australia's Gluepot Reserve in the riverland mallee area about 300Km (180 miles) north east of Adelaide The Grey Shrike-thrush is a great songster, and responds readily if you imitate its fluty whistles. Magpie-lark is one of the most common birds, certainly seen every day, and frequently flies and pecks at its own reflection in windows and car mirrors. The horizontal eyestripe identifies this as a male. The female has a vertical black eyestripe. Finally here is a gorgeous Red-capped Robin - not Robin at all, but a flycatcher.