Saturday, March 17, 2018

GOULD'S BRONZE-CUCKOO

Photographed on Saibai, Torres Straits, March 2018
1247                   GOULD'S BRONZE CUCKOO                Chrysococcyx minutillus russatus

AUSTRALIA                   742

Found in north-eastern Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea. Taxonomic distinctiveness is uncertain and often lumped with the Little Bronze Cuckoo. Habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest.



COLLARED IMPERIAL PIGEON

Photographed on Boigu Island, Torres Straits, March 2018.
1246                COLLARED IMPERIAL PIGEON                 Ducula mullerii

AUSTRALIA                 741

Native to New Guinea and adjacent islands; found in northern and southern New Guinea and the Art Islands, and recorded on Boigu and Saibai. Inhabits lowland rainforest, swamp forest, mangroves and riverine vegetation. Feeds on fruit from forest trees and insects.

Photographed on Saibai, Torres Straits, March 2018






RED-CAPPED FLOWERPECKER

Photographed on Boigu Island, Torres Straits, March 2018.
1245                    RED-CAPPED FLOWERPECKER                  Dicaeum geelvinkianum

AUSTRALIA                   740

Also known as Papuan Flowerpecker; recently split from Olive-crowned Flowerpecker. Endemic to New Guinea and adjacent islands; in Australia found on Saibai and Boigu. Found in woodlands, including secondary growth and mangroves. Eats small fruits, especially mistletoe, insects and spiders.





SINGING STARLING

Photographed on Boigu Island, Torres Straits, March 2018.
1244                 SINGING STARLING                   Aplonis cantoroides

AUSTRALIA                739

Found in New Guinea and some adjacent islands, Bismarck Archipelago, Admiralty Islands and Solomon Islands; have been recorded in Australia on Boigu and Saibai Islands. Inhabit forest edges, gardens and cultivated areas with trees, urban areas and coconut groves. Eats figs and other soft fruit, sometimes insects.






HOUSE SWIFT

Photographed on Boigu Island, Torres Straits, March 2018.
(* 875)                  HOUSE SWIFT                    Apus nipalensis 

AUSTRALIA                  738

Found in Japan, Nepal and Southeast Asia; vagrant to Australia. Capable of flying long distances by shutting off hemispheres of their brain in-flight. used to be considered a subspecies of Little Swift.












UNIFORM SWIFTLET

Photographed on Boigu Island, Torres Straits, March 2018.
1243                  UNIFORM SWIFTLET                 Aerodramus vanikorensis 

AUSTRALIAN             737

Also known as the Vanikoro or Lowland Swift. Widespread form Philippines through Wallace, New Guinea and Melanesia; vagrant to Australia, recorded in Cape York and Torres Strait Islands. Forages for insects on the wing primarily in lowland forests and open areas. Nests in caves, uses echolocation, rare in birds, to navigate.




Saturday, March 10, 2018

ASHY-BELLIED WHITE-EYE

Photographed on Little Tuesday Island, Torres Straits, March 2018
1241             ASHY-BELLIED WHITE-EYE                Zosterops citrinella

AUSTRALIA                  736

Sometimes called Pale White-eye or Pale-bellied White-eye. Found in Lesser Sundra Islands and northern Cape York Peninsula. Inhabits subtropical or tropical moiast lowland forest and subtropical or tropical mangrove forest.







Thursday, March 8, 2018

ZITTING CISTICOLA

Photographed at Orient Road, Bronte, Queensland, March 2018
829                 ZITTING CISTICOLA              Cisticola juncidis    

AUSTRALIA               735

Also known as Streaked Fantail Warbler. Widespread throughout southern Europe, Africa, and southern Asia down to northern Australia. Many found in grassland, often near water. As many as 18 subspecies: 3 of these in Australia: leanyeri (northern Australia), normani (northwest Queensland) and laveryi (northeast Australia).






Sunday, March 4, 2018

BLACK-WINGED MONARCH

Photographed at Cooktown, Queensland February 2018
1240               BLACK-WINGED MONARCH                  Monarcha frater  

AUSTRALIAN                 734

Also known as Black-chinned Flycatcher, Black-chinned Monarch, Black-winged Flycatcher, and Black-winged Monarch Flycatcher. Found in Australia and on New Guinea. Habitat subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.Four subspecies; Pearly Monarch (M. f. canescens) is the subspecies found on islands in Torres Straits and ne Australia.





Saturday, February 24, 2018

RED-RUMPED SWALLOW

Photographed at Lake Tinaroo, Yungaburra, Queensland, February 2018
1029                    RED-RUMPED SWALLOW                  Cecropis daurica 

AUSTRALIA              733

Regular vagrant to Australia, appearing in Broome area(WA) and at Yungaburra and near Mosman (Q). From southern Europe and Asia; Indian and African populations are resident, but European and other Asian birds migrate, wintering in Africa, India, and vagrants to Christmas Island and northern Australia. Insectivores, catching insects on the wing. Builds mud nest with tunnel entranc.






Wednesday, February 21, 2018

PALE-VENTED BUSH-HEN

Photographed at MacKay Botanic Gardens, MacKay, Queensland February 2018
1239                        PALE-VENTED BUSH-HEN                      Amaurornis moluccana 

AUSTRALIA                  732

Also known as Rufous-taied Bush-hen, Rufous-tailed waterhen and just Bush-hen. Found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Australia and the Solomon Islands. In Australia found in coastal Top End, down east coast from Cape Yourk to about Port Macquarie. Habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest. Very much a skulker.




Tuesday, January 30, 2018

PURPLE-BACKED FAIRYWREN

Photographed at Lark's Quarry, Queensland, 2017
1238                 PURPLE-BACKED FAIRYWREN              Malurus assimilis

AUSTRALIA                   731

Classified as subspecies of Varigated Fairywren until split January 2018; now separate species which contains four subspecies. Found over much of the Australian continent. Usually inhabits scrubland with plenty of vegetation providing dense cover; prefers rocky outcrops and patches of acacia, Eremophila or lignum in inland and northern Australia.

Photographed in NW Queensland.

Photographed in western WA

Friday, January 26, 2018

GIBSON'S ALBATROSS

Photographed on Eaglehawk pelagic, Tasmania, January 2018
1237                GIBSON'S ALBATROSS                Diomedea gibsoni

AUSTRALIAN              730

Also known as Auckland Island Albatross or Gibson's Wandering Albatross. Considered by some to be a subspecies of Wandering Albatross and by some to be a subspecies of Antipodean Albatross and by others to be a full species. Breed only on the subantarctic Auckland Islands archaepeligo of New Zealand. Breeding females feed mainly in Tasman sea while male forage further in the sub Australian or mid Pacific sectors of Southern Ocean. Feed mainly on fish, cephalopods and crustaceans; feed on surface or shallow dives just below.





Monday, January 22, 2018

COMMON DIVING PETREL

Photographed on Eaglehawk pelagic, Tasmania, January 2018
1236                 COMMON DIVING PETREL                 Pelecanoides urinatrix

AUSTRALIA              729

Also known simply as Diving Petrel, it is the smallest of the Diving Petrels. Native to waters of South Africa and islands of the southern Indian Ocean, islands and islets off New Zealand and south-east Australian islands. Feeds on continental shelf during breeding season; movements during non-breeding season are poorly known. Catches prey by wing propelled diving, up to 60m; feeds on crustaceans, but known to forage at night on migrating plankton.