The Rufous Shrike-thrush is a common small bird throughout the Mission Beach area, found in both forest and backyard gardens, this chocolate coloured bird a wonderful mimic of other species in addition to its own musical repertoire.    It prefers the understorey to feed amongst and may be seen flitting between low branches as it searches out its diet of insects.

The Rufous Shrike-thrush is a common small bird throughout the Mission Beach area, found in both forest and backyard gardens, this chocolate coloured bird a wonderful mimic of other species in addition to its own musical repertoire. It prefers the understorey to feed amongst and may be seen flitting between low branches as it searches out its diet of insects.

One of the most familiar Honeyeaters to Mission Beach residents is the plainly coloured Brown-backed Honeyeater.    Honeyeaters are everywhere in Australia. You can find them in the middle of the Simpson Desert to the Alpine country in the south of the continent.

One of the most familiar Honeyeaters to Mission Beach residents is the plainly coloured Brown-backed Honeyeater. Honeyeaters are everywhere in Australia. You can find them in the middle of the Simpson Desert to the Alpine country in the south of the continent.

Another of Mission Beaches’ special birds is the now rare Beach Stone-curlew. Once, far more widely distributed around the coastline they have declined with development pressure along our beaches.        Strictly territorial the birds live in pairs along the beachfront where they feed principally on crabs and some shellfish which are cracked open by their strong beaks.

The rare Beach Stone-curlew. Strictly territorial the birds live in pairs along the Cal. beachfront where they feed principally on crabs and some shellfish.

Sunbirds are well known and much loved birds in the Mission Beach area. Their habit of occasionally building nests on house decks or outdoor patios has endeared these little jewels to many a local resident.    Australia only has the single species of Sunbird with others occurring across tropical zones of the world and boasting a range of brilliant colours from red to green and even multicoloured, yet all are tiny and all build the same domed nest with both parents active in rearing their…

Sunbirds are well known and much loved birds in the Mission Beach area. Their habit of occasionally building nests on house decks or outdoor patios has endeared these little jewels to many a local resident. Australia only has the single species of Sunbird with others occurring across tropical zones of the world and boasting a range of brilliant colours from red to green and even multicoloured, yet all are tiny and all build the same domed nest with both parents active in rearing their…

Kingfishers are a prominent group of birds in Australia and Mission Beach is fortunate to have eight of the ten Australian species here. Far and away our most common is the beautiful Forest Kingfisher, often seen perched on wires throughout the village, which they use as lookout perches to hunt for insects at ground level.

Kingfishers are a prominent group of birds in Australia and Mission Beach is fortunate to have eight of the ten Australian species here. Far and away our most common is the beautiful Forest Kingfisher, often seen perched on wires throughout the village, which they use as lookout perches to hunt for insects at ground level.

We discussed Sunbirds recently and so a mention of its relative, the Mistletoebird, is appropriate for this week. These charming little birds are quite common around the village although not often seen by a casual observer. As the name implies, they feed primarily on mistletoe fruits and play a significant role in dispersing the seeds of this parasitic plant.

We discussed Sunbirds recently and so a mention of its relative, the Mistletoebird, is appropriate for this week. These charming little birds are quite common around the village although not often seen by a casual observer. As the name implies, they feed primarily on mistletoe fruits and play a significant role in dispersing the seeds of this parasitic plant.

Fig-parrots are the smallest members of the entire parrot tribe in Australia, considerably smaller than the Budgerigar.    Just one species is currently recognized, the Double-eyed Fig Parrot, but they have been split into three distinct forms, Coxen’s in the south, McLeay’s around here and Marshall’s in the more northerly rainforests of Cape York Peninsula.

Fig-parrots are the smallest members of the entire parrot tribe in Australia, considerably smaller than the Budgerigar. Just one species is currently recognized, the Double-eyed Fig Parrot, but they have been split into three distinct forms, Coxen’s in the south, McLeay’s around here and Marshall’s in the more northerly rainforests of Cape York Peninsula.

Whilst the Cassowary is certainly the most sought after bird in the village by those wishing to see new birds, the much smaller, lesser known Red-necked Crake is also a magnet for serious birders as this is a classic ‘hard to get’ little number.

Whilst the Cassowary is certainly the most sought after bird in the village by those wishing to see new birds, the much smaller, lesser known Red-necked Crake is also a magnet for serious birders as this is a classic ‘hard to get’ little number.

Cockatoos are the largest Australian parrots and perhaps the most charismatic.        Mission Beach has 2 species with others recorded as vagrants or aviary escapees. Apart from the common and widespread Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, beach dwellers in the village are most familiar with the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo.

Cockatoos are the largest Australian parrots and perhaps the most charismatic. Mission Beach has 2 species with others recorded as vagrants or aviary escapees. Apart from the common and widespread Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, beach dwellers in the village are most familiar with the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo.


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