Birds in My Aussie Yard.

I live in Sydney, Australia, on bush. We have the most amazing bird life here. Quite a few will hand feed from us, even though they are wild. Others stop by for a drink or to look at my birds in their aviaries. We are forever rescuing birds and their offspring.
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This is a Corella - the short-beaked variety. There is also a long-beaked Corella, but we don't get them here. We don't get these guys a lot either, but they are characters when they do drop on by and are very similar to the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo - prolific everywhere. They like to forage on the ground as well as up in trees. They can be quite the sight when up in a tree with hundreds of them staring down at you. They love their seeds.

This is a Corella - the short-beaked variety. There is also a long-beaked Corella, but we don't get them here. We don't get these guys a lot either, but they are characters when they do drop on by and are very similar to the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo - prolific everywhere. They like to forage on the ground as well as up in trees. They can be quite the sight when up in a tree with hundreds of them staring down at you. They love their seeds.

This is the hen King parrot. She doesn't have the beautiful red head of the male but she has lovely green feathers with red on her belly and glimpses of red elsewhere

This is the hen King parrot. She doesn't have the beautiful red head of the male but she has lovely green feathers with red on her belly and glimpses of red elsewhere

Australian Wood Duck - These ducks are plentiful around the neighbourhood, it helps that we are on a creek. When we don't clean our pool much during winter they often land and make it a pit stop. A bit messy when there are numbers of them, they are still delightful to see waddling along and foraging for food. Their babies are gorgeous, quickly waddling along behind mum/dad. They love various grasses and they are great at eating the dreaded clover in your lawn.

Australian Wood Duck - These ducks are plentiful around the neighbourhood, it helps that we are on a creek. When we don't clean our pool much during winter they often land and make it a pit stop. A bit messy when there are numbers of them, they are still delightful to see waddling along and foraging for food. Their babies are gorgeous, quickly waddling along behind mum/dad. They love various grasses and they are great at eating the dreaded clover in your lawn.

Masked Lapwing (or Plovers as we call them) - Long legged, they are usually in pairs of mum and dad. Very territorial and make a screeching noise when disturbed. They are mostly ground dwelling birds and their babies are like fluffy balls on sticks. They have a spur they use to attack invaders. They pop by the back from time to time and we love to see them  with their fuzzy chicks.

Masked Lapwing (or Plovers as we call them) - Long legged, they are usually in pairs of mum and dad. Very territorial and make a screeching noise when disturbed. They are mostly ground dwelling birds and their babies are like fluffy balls on sticks. They have a spur they use to attack invaders. They pop by the back from time to time and we love to see them with their fuzzy chicks.

The Noisy Miner. What they lack in the looks department, compared to our beautiful parrots, they more than make up for in attitude and bravery.These birds have such an attitude and they are incredibly territorial. They love Grevilleas, Banksia, and any other plants that are rich in nectar. They also like a juicy spider added to their diet. And they aren't called noisy for nothing - if there is a potential danger they let the world know...as a group.

The Noisy Miner. What they lack in the looks department, compared to our beautiful parrots, they more than make up for in attitude and bravery.These birds have such an attitude and they are incredibly territorial. They love Grevilleas, Banksia, and any other plants that are rich in nectar. They also like a juicy spider added to their diet. And they aren't called noisy for nothing - if there is a potential danger they let the world know...as a group.

Gang Gangs. Never heard of them? Not a lot of Aussies have either. They live on our Cyprus trees here seasonally - I call them the 'Cocky Nut Tree's because this particular Cyprus has a hard nut-like fruit that the Gang Gangs love to munch on. They are in my area in the warmer months through to mid autumn. Many is the time I will be swimming in the pool only to look up at several sets of eyes as they quietly eat with a show...me...swimming! They sound like creaking doors.

Gang Gangs. Never heard of them? Not a lot of Aussies have either. They live on our Cyprus trees here seasonally - I call them the 'Cocky Nut Tree's because this particular Cyprus has a hard nut-like fruit that the Gang Gangs love to munch on. They are in my area in the warmer months through to mid autumn. Many is the time I will be swimming in the pool only to look up at several sets of eyes as they quietly eat with a show...me...swimming! They sound like creaking doors.

Magpie Lark (Or Pee wee) - they have a very usual 'oowit' cry. Cheeky and very adaptable to its environment. They are highly territorial and are often seen 'hunting' much larger birds away from their nests. They like smaller insects and lizards but will eat our birds seed that has fallen from an aviary.

Magpie Lark (Or Pee wee) - they have a very usual 'oowit' cry. Cheeky and very adaptable to its environment. They are highly territorial and are often seen 'hunting' much larger birds away from their nests. They like smaller insects and lizards but will eat our birds seed that has fallen from an aviary.

The Lori's are not impressed at the Kookaburra hogging what they think is theirs - the bird bath. They aren't messing with the Kooka, though.

The Lori's are not impressed at the Kookaburra hogging what they think is theirs - the bird bath. They aren't messing with the Kooka, though.

Rainbow Loirkeets. My goodness they can squawk, and they are feisty to boot. The male and the female look the same. They are incredibly gregarious and love a good, free feed. The live off Grevilleas and we make sure to have an abundance on our property. They also like a nice Banksia in winter and we supply them as well. But they are also partial to nice Sunflower seed or ten. Here they are on a Grevillea.

Rainbow Loirkeets. My goodness they can squawk, and they are feisty to boot. The male and the female look the same. They are incredibly gregarious and love a good, free feed. The live off Grevilleas and we make sure to have an abundance on our property. They also like a nice Banksia in winter and we supply them as well. But they are also partial to nice Sunflower seed or ten. Here they are on a Grevillea.

This is Scratchie. He is a King Parrot that visits us frequently. He is gorgeous. He is also wild but he has incorporated our family into his. He used to be a bachelor but then he met his mate. Soon after, in spring, we had his offspring come by. Then the next year more. Now one of his son's, Son of Scratchie, visits us with his mate. We feel privileged to have the trust of this wonderful King Parrot family. The entire local colony stops by from time to time.

This is Scratchie. He is a King Parrot that visits us frequently. He is gorgeous. He is also wild but he has incorporated our family into his. He used to be a bachelor but then he met his mate. Soon after, in spring, we had his offspring come by. Then the next year more. Now one of his son's, Son of Scratchie, visits us with his mate. We feel privileged to have the trust of this wonderful King Parrot family. The entire local colony stops by from time to time.

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