Cape York, Iron Range – October 2007

This was an eleven day trip (25th October to 4th November) that Yvonne and I did, from Cairns in Far North Queensland up to the Iron Range National Park in Cape York, followed by a couple of days in Kuranda close to Cairns.

The main part of the trip up Cape York was with Ben Blewitt of Cassowary Tours and the intention was to see the wonderful birds confined to the Cape York area plus to explore one of the really remote parts of Australia.

Chili Beach, Cape York

The trip itinerary was as follows:
25th October
Melbourne to Cairns
Direct flight on Qantas arriving at midday into Cairns

Waterfront Terraces, Cairns
Cairns Esplanade
26th October
Waterfront Terraces, Cairns
Relaxing day in Cairns on the waterfront
27th October
Cairns to Musgrave
Drive up to Musgrave Roadhouse with stops along the way
28th October
Musgrave & Lakefield NP
Birding in the Musgrave area and Lakefield National Park
29th October
Musgrave to Iron Range NP
Drive into Iron Range National Park with stops along the way
30th October
Iron Range NP
Cooks Hut, Gordon Creek
31st October
Iron Range NP
Portland Roads, Cooks Hut, Chili Beach
1st November
Iron Range NP
Cooks Hut, Lockhart River
2nd November
Iron Range NP
West Claudie River, Lockhart River

Lockhart to Cairns
Late afternoon flight back to Cairns

Cairns to Kuranda
Drive in evening up to Kuranda with an Avis rental car
3rd November
Kuranda
Visiting area around Kuranda and the Longlands Gap State Forest
4th November
Cairns to Melbourne
Direct flight on Qantas departing Cairns at midday


Cairns Esplanade
This a lovely part of Cairns to relax, catch up with some good birds on the mud flats and have a good meal in the evening. It’s also within walking distance of Cairns CBD for those inclined to go shopping.

I saw about 65 birds on the Friday, all seen along the Cairns Esplanade, which included a good range of waders, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Green Oriole and Black Butcherbird. Three Little Curlew were also seen on the mudflats which was a new bird for me.

Double-eyed Fig-Parrot

Cairns to Musgrave
Ben Blewitt of Cassowary Tours picked us up at about 7.30 am and then we picked up a further two birders, who were from the UK, for the trip up to Iron Range.  The first days trip was from Cairns up to Mareeba , then north to Mt Carbine, travelling though Lakeland, Laura and ultimately to the Musgrave Roadhouse (www.musgraveroadhouse.com.au). 

The first stop was at Mt Molloy for a pair of Square-tailed Kite at their nesting site, then a brief stop at Lake Mitchell to see a nice range of wetland birds, followed by a stop at Mt Carbine to see Great Bowerbird. Along the way we also saw six Black-backed Butcherbird which was a new bird for us. 

Leaving the sealed road that now goes through to Cooktown, we turned left onto the dirt road to Laura. After a short stop by the Laura River we travelled through stringybark woodlands then open plains full of paperbarks. Large magnetic termite mounds became frequent with the mounds coloured brick red, grey, white, depending on the soil.


We arrived at the Musgrave Roadhouse in the late afternoon, which had comfortable accommodation and provided good meals. 

I recorded 86 birds for the day of which two were lifers.

Musgrave and Lakefield National Park
We headed off to the Artemis Station in the early morning to see flocks of Golden-shouldered Parrot coming in to drink. What a beautiful sight as we had them in front of us at the water hole and in the surrounding trees.
Golden-shouldered Parrot

After that we travelled up to the Red Goshawk nesting site, located in a high branch extending over the road, and saw a single Red Goshawk perched nearby. After this we spent the rest of the day in the Lakefield National Park which is located to the east of Musgrave.

The conditions in the park were dry and dusty, although we managed to see a good range of birds including White-throated Gerygone and Black-throated Finch, both of which were new for me.  On one of the side tracks we came upon a splendid frill–necked lizard. It shot up a tree beside our vehicle and clung to the tree trunk at about eye level.

Frill-necked Lizzard

Before sunset we stopped close to a small waterhole and kept a lookout for birds coming down to drink. Ben prepared dinner for us at the waterhole and then once it was dark we drove back to Musgrave, spotlighting along the way. We managed to spotlight Southern Boobook, Papuan Frogmouth and Eastern Grass Owl, the latter bird being a new bird for me.

Sunset over Lakefield National Park

I recorded 88 birds for the day of which five were lifers.

Musgrave to Iron Range National Park
We left early in the morning for the drive further north up Cape York. We stopped off at Coen on the way, which was a surprisingly large town, and then Archer River Roadhouse which is just 200km south of Weipa. At Archer River we indulged in the massive Archer Burgers and had a couple of Black-backed Butcherbird in the trees at the car park.

Another 22km further north we now turned off the main Development Road and headed northeast towards the Iron Range National Park.  The first river crossing was the relatively small Wenlock River. Here we waded up the river in search of the White-streaked Honeyeater, which was the first of the Cape York specialities seen. 

A further 25km was the second river crossing at Pascoe River where we stopped briefly for some birding. It’s interesting that some reports state that the Pascoe River was the most difficult of all the crossings that they tackled on Cape York.  However at the time of our visit the water levels were probably at their lowest level and these two river crossings presented no problems at all.  
Along this section we saw the kempi race of the Silver-crowned Friarbird, which is confined to Cape York. We also the yorki race of the Helmeted Friarbird, which according to the IOC listing is split into a separate species known as the Horned Friarbird Philemon yorki.

The next stop was Mt Tozer, a rough–hewn peak looming over attractive heath country, with views down to the lowlands forests of the Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park.  The park protects the largest area of lowland tropical rainforest in Australia and consists of rainforest, eucalypt and paperbark forests and heath-shrouded hills which provide a backdrop to long sweeping beaches, rocky outcrops and mangrove forests.

The Iron Range National Park is home to the Cape York specialities including Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Red-cheeked Parrot, Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Red-bellied Pitta (wet season only), Northern Scrub-robin, Black-winged and Frilled Monarch, Tropical Scrubwren, White-faced Robin, Yellow-legged Flycatcher, Tawny-breasted, Green-backed and White-streaked Honeyeater, Lovely Fairy-wren, Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, Magnificent Riflebird and the Trumpet Manacode.

Frill-necked Monarch (note black chin)

As we descended from Mt Tozer we were suddenly in the rainforest. The trip thus far had been fairly dry and dusty, with many areas recently burnt, so this was a welcome change. In the late afternoon we added four new birds, these being the beautiful Eclectus Parrot, the distinctly drab Green-backed Honeyeater and the lovely Frill-necked Monarch. The female Eclectus Parrot is nearly completely red whilst the male is mostly green and in the early days these were considered to be different species.

We got into our very comfortable accommodation at Portland House (www.portlandhouse.com.au) at around 7 pm. As we were a couple we were given the cottage at the back of the main house.
I recorded 52 birds for the day of which four were lifers.

Iron Range National Park
Over the next three and a half days we visited various areas within the Iron Range National Park, including the Cooks Hut camping area, Gordon Creek picnic site, Chili Beach, Lockhart River and the West Claudie River.

Some relaxed birding

The programme usually consisted of early morning birding followed by lunch and a siesta, and then birding in the late afternoon and evening.

Some more intense birding with Ben Blewitt (on the right)

The house we were staying in was a fresh, breezy place, full of open shutters and doors. There was a large comfortable living room with easy chairs to relax in, also had the cooking area incorporated into one section of it.

Flowering Frangipani

The garden was full of flowering bushes with Varied, Dusky and Yellow-spotted Honeyeaters feeding at the blossoms. There were many other birds in the gardens and in the forest behind the house. The house guardians, the Large-billed Gerygone were ever present.

Olive-backed Sunbird

Mangroves were close to the house and these had quite a few interesting birds as well.

Across the road were coconut palms, the beach and fishing boats. The only problem was that we couldn’t swim in the water due to the presence of stinging jellyfish (stingers) and possibly also Saltwater Crocodile. A swim would have been welcome considering that it was quite hot and sticky at that time of the year.

However beware of stinging things in this tropical paradise, from bed bugs to sand flies, mosquitoes, marsh flies and scrub itch mites. Luckily we didn’t find any ticks and leeches, but some of us including Yvonne got hammered with various bites.

Portlands Roads

In the evening we dined at the Portland Roads Out of the Blue Café which provided excellent meals, with a wonderful view over the sea.

Overall we were impressed with the accommodation, facilities and meals, although the stinging and biting insects were a downside to an otherwise perfect destination. We were there at the end of the dry season and I suspect that it’s a lot worse in the wet season?

Birding highlights during our stay in the Iron Range National Park, all of which were lifers for me, were:
Palm Cockatoo – Three birds seen over two separate sightings close to the coast. These are spectacular birds and one of the main target birds for the trip.
Red-cheeked Parrot – Twelve birds seen over three separate sightings. Usually seen in the high forest canopy and not always that easy to locate.
Yellow-billed Kingfisher - Three birds seen over two separate sightings in the Cooks Hut area. Although brightly coloured, its’ a difficult bird to see. The calls are readily heard but even then the bird is difficult to locate.
Tawny-breasted Honeyeater – Four birds seen over three separate sightings. Typically seen in the mid to high levels of the rainforest.
Tropical Scrubwren – Two birds seen only once.  Forages on trunks and foliage typically low down in the forest. We saw the dubius race of the Scrubwren which is almost identical to the Large-billed Scrubwren. The minimus race occurs further north of the Iron Range NP up to the tip of Cape York.
Grey Whistler – Four birds seen over three separate sightings. We saw the peninsulae race of the Whistler which is also known as the Grey-Headed Whistler according to the IOC. This is a very appropriate name given the distinctly grey head for this subspecies.
White-eared Monarch – A single bird seen only. A beautiful little bird and Monarch’s are some of my favourite birds.
Trumpet Manucode – Three birds seen only once. Seen in the rainforest around the Cooks Hut area.
Magnificent Riflebird – Sixteen birds seen over the three days. Seen in various tropical rainforest habitats.
White-faced Robin – Eight birds seen over the three days. Generally a confiding bird which was first seen at the Gordon Creek picnic site perched on the side of a tree trunk at about eye level.
Yellow-legged Flycatcher – A pair of birds seen only once. Seen in the canopy of bushes overhanging the road and quite easy to miss. Known as the Yellow-legged Flyrobin according to the IOC.
Northern Scrub-robin – A pair of birds seen only once. The birds were seen on the forest floor and were quite difficult to track down.
Large-tailed Nightjar – Seven birds seen over two evenings. Best seen on the dirt road close to Cooks Hut just after sunset.
Lovely Fariy-wren – Three birds seen on one occasion. The birds favour thickets of rainforest margins, plus swamps and mangroves.
Large-billed Gerygone – Five birds seen over the three days. Seen at several locations including the gardens at the Portland House.
Black-winged Monarch – Single bird seen on one occasion. Typically seen in the mid to upper levels of the rainforest.
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird – Pair of birds seen at one site close to the mangroves.
White-browed Robin – Single bird seen on one occasion. This bird has been split from the Buff-sided Robin which occurs mainly in the northern parts of WA and the Northern Territory.
Mangrove Robin – Single bird seen appropriately in the mangroves. Took a bit of scrambling through the mangroves to see it.
Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo – A single bird seen close to the West Claudie River crossing. This was the last bird to be tracked down and was seen just before we had to head off to the airport. We had it flying from one side of the road to the other, usually behind our backs!

We saw many other great birds at Iron Range National Park, including huge flocks of Metallic Starlings at Restoration Island on Chili Beach at dusk, and birding tallies for the day ranged between 45 and 65 birds.

One of the highlights was seeing a Spotted Cuscus which was first sighted by Yvonne. The Common Spotted Cuscus (Spilocuscus maculatus) is a marsupial that lives in Cape York, New Guinea and nearby smaller islands. It is typically very shy and being nocturnal, is rarely seen during the day, especially in northern Australia.

Common Spotted Cuscus

Iron Range National Park to Cairns

After the last day of birding with Ben, we headed down to Lockhart airport for our flight back to Cairns. Once Ben had seen us off he had a long drive back to Cairns.

We had a wonderful time with Ben, who was good company and easy to get on with, plus knew where to find the birds. We saw all the target birds for Cape York, with the exception of the Red-bellied Pitta which is only seen later in the year, mainly during the wet season.

The flight back to Cairns was a good flight, with lovely views of coral reefs, deserted islands and rainforests and densely covered mountains. What was striking was the lack of development and the remoteness of the area.  

Remote Island off Cape York

We arrived into Cairns in the early evening and then picked up a hire car at the main airport terminal.  From there we drove up to Kuranda for our two night stay at Cassowary House. When we arrived we learnt that the our booked accommodation had been taken by a large touring group and Sue Gregory had organised for us to stay in a lovely B&B just down the road, for the same cost.

We did join Sue for breakfast on the veranda of Cassowary House and had great views of various Honeyeater, Riflebird and Catbird coming in to feed on the fresh fruit.

Kuranda
The day and a half was spent exploring the Kuranda and Atherton Tablelands area with a visit to the Longlands Gap State Forest.

Four new birds were seen:
Red-necked Crake – Two birds seen at Cassowary House in early morning
Superb Fruit-dove – Two birds seen at Cassowary House
Barred Cuckoo-shrike – Single bird seen at Cassowary House
Golden Bowerbird – Single female bird seen at Longlands Gap State Forest

We had been to Atherton Tablelands previously and this is a great area for a holiday and for birding.

We then had a midday flight back to Melbourne.

Overall I recorded 232 birds for the trip. These are listed below as per the IOC taxonomy:


CASUARIIFORMES

Cassowaries (Casuariidae)

Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius)

Galliformes

Megapodes (Megapodiidae)

Australian Brushturkey [sp] (Alectura lathami)

Orange-footed Scrubfowl [sp] (Megapodius reinwardt)

Guineafowl (Numididae)

Helmeted Guineafowl [sp] (Numida meleagris)

Pheasants, Fowl & Allies (Phasianidae)

Brown Quail [sp] (Coturnix ypsilophora)

Anseriformes

Magpie Goose (Anseranatidae)

Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)

Ducks, Geese & swans (Anatidae)

Plumed Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)

Wandering Whistling Duck [sp] (Dendrocygna arcuata)

Raja Shelduck [sp] (Tadorna radjah)

Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus)

Pacific Black Duck [sp] (Anas superciliosa)

Hardhead [sp] (Aythya australis)

Podicipediformes

Grebes (Podicipedidae)

Australasian Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)

Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)

Ciconiiformes

Storks (Ciconiidae)

Black-necked Stork [sp] (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

Pelecaniformes

Ibises, Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)

Australian White Ibis [sp] (Threskiornis moluccus)

Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis)

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia)

Herons, Bitterns (Ardeidae)

Nankeen Night Heron [sp] (Nycticorax caledonicus)

Striated Heron [sp] (Butorides striata)

Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus)

White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)

Great Egret [sp] (Ardea alba)

Intermediate Egret [sp] (Egretta intermedia)

Pied Heron (Egretta picata)

White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)

Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)

Pacific Reef Heron [sp] (Egretta sacra)

Pelicans (Pelecanidae)

Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

Suliformes

Frigatebirds (Fregatidae)

Great Frigatebird [sp] (Fregata minor)

Lesser Frigatebird [sp] (Fregata ariel)

Cormorants, Shags (Phalacrocoracidae)

Little Pied Cormorant [sp] (Microcarbo melanoleucos)

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)

Australian Pied Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax varius)

Anhingas, Darters (Anhingidae)

Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae)

ACCIPITRIFORMES

Ospreys (Pandionidae)

Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus)

Kites, Hawks & Eagles (Accipitridae)

Square-tailed Kite (Lophoictinia isura)

Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)

Black Kite [sp] (Milvus migrans)

Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)

Brahminy Kite [sp] (Haliastur indus)

White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

Brown Goshawk [sp] (Accipiter fasciatus)

Collared Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter cirrocephalus)

Red Goshawk (Erythrotriorchis radiatus)

Wedge-tailed Eagle [sp] (Aquila audax)

Little Eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides)

Falconiformes

Caracaras, Falcons (Falconidae)

Nankeen Kestrel [sp] (Falco cenchroides)

Brown Falcon [sp] (Falco berigora)

OTIDIFORMES

Bustards (Otididae)

Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis)

Gruiformes

Rails, Crakes & Coots (Rallidae)

Red-necked Crake (Rallina tricolor)

Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)

Cranes (Gruidae)

Brolga (Grus rubicunda)

Charadriiformes

Stone-curlews, Thick-Knees (Burhinidae)

Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius)

Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus magnirostris)

Stilts, Avocets (Recurvirostridae)

White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus)

Plovers (Charadriidae)

Masked Lapwing [sp] (Vanellus miles)

Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)

Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)

Lesser Sand Plover [sp] (Charadrius mongolus)

Greater Sand Plover [sp] (Charadrius leschenaultii)

Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)

Jacanas (Jacanidae)

Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)

Sandpipers, Snipes (Scolopacidae)

Latham's Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii)

Black-tailed Godwit [sp] (Limosa limosa)

Bar-tailed Godwit [sp] (Limosa lapponica)

Little Curlew (Numenius minutus)

Whimbrel [sp] (Numenius phaeopus)

Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis)

Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)

Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)

Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus)

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

Ruddy Turnstone [sp] (Arenaria interpres)

Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris)

Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)

Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)

Gulls, Terns & Skimmers (Laridae)

Brown Noddy [sp] (Anous stolidus)

Silver Gull [sp] (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae)

Gull-billed Tern [sp] (Gelochelidon nilotica)

Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)

Greater Crested Tern [sp] (Thalasseus bergii)

Lesser Crested Tern [sp] (Thalasseus bengalensis)

Little Tern [sp] (Sternula albifrons)

Bridled Tern [sp] (Onychoprion anaethetus)

Black-naped Tern [sp] (Sterna sumatrana)

Whiskered Tern [sp] (Chlidonias hybrida)

Columbiformes

Doves and Pigeons (Columbidae)

Rock Dove [sp] (Columba livia)

Spotted Dove [sp] (Spilopelia chinensis)

Brown Cuckoo-dove [sp] (Macropygia phasianella)

Pacific Emerald Dove [sp] (Chalcophaps longirostris)

Crested Pigeon [sp] (Ocyphaps lophotes)

Peaceful Dove [sp] (Geopelia placida)

Bar-shouldered Dove [sp] (Geopelia humeralis)

Wompoo Fruit Dove [sp] (Ptilinopus magnificus)

Superb Fruit Dove [sp] (Ptilinopus superbus)

Rose-crowned Fruit Dove [sp] (Ptilinopus regina)

Torresian Imperial Pigeon (Ducula spilorrhoa)

Psittaciformes

Cockatoos (Cacatuidae)

Palm Cockatoo [sp] (Probosciger aterrimus)

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo [sp] (Calyptorhynchus banksii)

Galah [sp] (Eolophus roseicapilla)

Little Corella [sp] (Cacatua sanguinea)

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo [sp] (Cacatua galerita)

Parrots and Macaws (Psittacidae)

Rainbow Lorikeet [sp] (Trichoglossus moluccanus)

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus)

Golden-shouldered Parrot (Psephotus chrysopterygius)

Red-cheeked Parrot [sp] (Geoffroyus geoffroyi)

Eclectus Parrot [sp] (Eclectus roratus)

Red-winged Parrot [sp] (Aprosmictus erythropterus)

Double-eyed Fig Parrot [sp] (Cyclopsitta diophthalma)

Cuculiformes

Cuckoos (Cuculidae)

Pheasant Coucal [sp] (Centropus phasianinus)

Channel-billed Cuckoo [sp] (Scythrops novaehollandiae)

Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo [sp] (Cacomantis castaneiventris)

Strigiformes

Barn Owls (Tytonidae)

Eastern Grass Owl [sp] (Tyto longimembris)

Owls (Strigidae)

Rufous Owl [sp] (Ninox rufa)

Southern Boobook [sp] (Ninox boobook)

Caprimulgiformes

Frogmouths (Podargidae)

Papuan Frogmouth [sp] (Podargus papuensis)

Tawny Frogmouth [sp] (Podargus strigoides)

Nightjars (Caprimulgidae)

Large-tailed Nightjar [sp] (Caprimulgus macrurus)

Apodiformes

Swifts (Apodidae)

Australian Swiftlet [sp] (Aerodramus terraereginae)

Coraciiformes

Rollers (Coraciidae)

Oriental Dollarbird [sp] (Eurystomus orientalis)

Kingfishers (Alcedinidae)

Laughing Kookaburra [sp] (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Blue-winged Kookaburra [sp] (Dacelo leachii)

Forest Kingfisher [sp] (Todiramphus macleayii)

Sacred Kingfisher [sp] (Todiramphus sanctus)

Yellow-billed Kingfisher [sp] (Syma torotoro)

Azure Kingfisher [sp] (Ceyx azureus)

Bee-Eaters (Meropidae)

Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

Passeriformes

Pittas (Pittidae)

Noisy Pitta [sp] (Pitta versicolor)

Bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchidae)

Spotted Catbird [sp] (Ailuroedus melanotis)

Golden Bowerbird (Prionodura newtoniana)

Great Bowerbird [sp] (Chlamydera nuchalis)

Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera cerviniventris)

Fairywrens (Maluridae)

Lovely Fairywren (Malurus amabilis)

Red-backed Fairywren [sp] (Malurus melanocephalus)

Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Macleay's Honeyeater (Xanthotis macleayanus)

Tawny-breasted Honeyeater [sp] (Xanthotis flaviventer)

Bridled Honeyeater (Lichenostomus frenatus)

Varied Honeyeater [sp] (Lichenostomus versicolor)

Yellow Honeyeater [sp] (Lichenostomus flavus)

Yellow-tinted Honeyeater [sp] (Lichenostomus flavescens)

Graceful Honeyeater [sp] (Meliphaga gracilis)

Yellow-spotted Honeyeater [sp] (Meliphaga notata)

Blue-faced Honeyeater [sp] (Entomyzon cyanotis)

White-throated Honeyeater [sp] (Melithreptus albogularis)

Banded Honeyeater (Cissomela pectoralis)

Little Friarbird [sp] (Philemon citreogularis)

Hornbill Friarbird (Philemon yorki)

Silver-crowned Friarbird [sp] (Philemon argenticeps)

Noisy Friarbird [sp] (Philemon corniculatus)

Brown Honeyeater [sp] (Lichmera indistincta)

White-streaked Honeyeater (Trichodere cockerelli)

Brown-backed Honeyeater (Ramsayornis modestus)

Bar-breasted Honeyeater (Ramsayornis fasciatus)

Rufous-banded Honeyeater (Conopophila albogularis)

Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)

Dusky Myzomela [sp] (Myzomela obscura)

Green-backed Honeyeater [sp] (Glycichaera fallax)

Thornbills (Acanthizidae)

Atherton Scrubwren (Sericornis keri)

Tropical Scrubwren [sp] (Sericornis beccarii)

Large-billed Gerygone [sp] (Gerygone magnirostris)

White-throated Gerygone [sp] (Gerygone olivacea)

Fairy Gerygone [sp] (Gerygone palpebrosa)

Australasian Babblers (Pomatostomidae)

Grey-crowned Babbler [sp] (Pomatostomus temporalis)

Whipbirds, Jewel-babblers, Quail-Thrushes (Psophodidae)

Eastern Whipbird [sp] (Psophodes olivaceus)

Boatbills (Machaerirhynchidae)

Yellow-breasted Boatbill [sp] (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer)

Butcherbirds (Cracticidae)

Black Butcherbird [sp] (Cracticus quoyi)

Black-backed Butcherbird [sp] (Cracticus mentalis)

Pied Butcherbird [sp] (Cracticus nigrogularis)

Australian Magpie [sp] (Gymnorhina tibicen)

Pied Currawong [sp] (Strepera graculina)

Woodswallows (Artamidae)

White-breasted Woodswallow [sp] (Artamus leucorynchus)

Black-faced Woodswallow [sp] (Artamus cinereus)

Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Black-faced Cuckooshrike [sp] (Coracina novaehollandiae)

Barred Cuckooshrike [sp] (Coracina lineata)

White-bellied Cuckooshrike [sp] (Coracina papuensis)

White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)

Varied Triller [sp] (Lalage leucomela)

Whistlers and Allies (Pachycephalidae)

Grey Whistler [sp] (Pachycephala simplex)

Australian Golden Whistler [sp] (Pachycephala pectoralis)

Rufous Whistler [sp] (Pachycephala rufiventris)

Little Shrikethrush [sp] (Colluricincla megarhyncha)

Grey Shrikethrush [sp] (Colluricincla harmonica)

Old World Orioles (Oriolidae)

Australasian Figbird [sp] (Sphecotheres vieilloti)

Olive-backed Oriole [sp] (Oriolus sagittatus)

Green Oriole [sp] (Oriolus flavocinctus)

Drongos (Dicruridae)

Spangled Drongo [sp] (Dicrurus bracteatus)

Fantails (Rhipiduridae)

Willie Wagtail [sp] (Rhipidura leucophrys)

Grey Fantail [sp] (Rhipidura albiscapa)

Rufous Fantail [sp] (Rhipidura rufifrons)

Monarch Flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Spectacled Monarch [sp] (Symposiachrus trivirgatus)

Black-winged Monarch [sp] (Monarcha frater)

White-eared Monarch (Carterornis leucotis)

Frill-necked Monarch (Arses lorealis)

Magpie-lark [sp] (Grallina cyanoleuca)

Leaden Flycatcher [sp] (Myiagra rubecula)

Shining Flycatcher [sp] (Myiagra alecto)

Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)

Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Torresian Crow [sp] (Corvus orru)

White-winged Chough and Apostlebird (Corcoracidae)

Apostlebird [sp] (Struthidea cinerea)

Birds-of-Paradise (Paradisaeidae)

Trumpet Manucode [sp] (Phonygammus keraudrenii)

Victoria's Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae)

Magnificent Riflebird [sp] (Ptiloris magnificus)

Australasian Robins (Petroicidae)

Grey-headed Robin (Heteromyias cinereifrons)

White-browed Robin (Poecilodryas superciliosa)

Mangrove Robin [sp] (Peneoenanthe pulverulenta)

White-faced Robin [sp] (Tregellasia leucops)

Pale-yellow Robin [sp] (Tregellasia capito)

Yellow-legged Flyrobin [sp] (Microeca griseoceps)

Lemon-bellied Flyrobin [sp] (Microeca flavigaster)

Northern Scrub Robin [sp] (Drymodes superciliaris)

Larks (Alaudidae)

Horsfield's Bush Lark [sp] (Mirafra javanica)

Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Welcome Swallow [sp] (Hirundo neoxena)

Cisticolas and Allies (Cisticolidae)

Golden-headed Cisticola [sp] (Cisticola exilis)

White-Eyes (Zosteropidae)

Silvereye [sp] (Zosterops lateralis)

Starlings (Sturnidae)

Metallic Starling [sp] (Aplonis metallica)

Common Myna [sp] (Acridotheres tristis)

Flowerpeckers (Dicaeidae)

Mistletoebird [sp] (Dicaeum hirundinaceum)

Sunbirds (Nectariniidae)

Olive-backed Sunbird [sp] (Cinnyris jugularis)

Old World Sparrows and Snowfinches (Passeridae)

House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)

Waxbills, Munias and Allies (Estrildidae)

Red-browed Finch [sp] (Neochmia temporalis)

Star Finch [sp] (Neochmia ruficauda)

Masked Finch [sp] (Poephila personata)

Black-throated Finch [sp] (Poephila cincta)

Double-barred Finch [sp] (Taeniopygia bichenovii)

Scaly-breasted Munia [sp] (Lonchura punctulata)

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin [sp] (Lonchura castaneothorax)

Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Australian Pipit [sp] (Anthus australis)





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