Awesome avian photos and facts

There are more than 890 species of birds found in Australia, and of these, more than 300 are endemic to our country! With so many, it’s impossible to choose a favourite, but we’ve collected some beautiful shots:

© Steve Murphy/AWC

The Gouldian Finch’s beautiful, bright colours have led to it to become popular in captivity, however, sadly in the wild its survival is threatened by changes in its habitat caused by altered fire patterns – it is now one of the Northern Territory’s listed threatened species.  

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Barking Owls, native to Australia, are known for their loud, explosive voices. When early settlers arrived and heard these owls screeching at night, some thought they were hearing the sound of women screaming!  

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Though the Crested Tern is usually found by the coast, there are occasional records in the interior of Australia, where birds were possibly blown by passing tropical cyclones.  

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Male and female Eclectus Parrots have such different colours that they are often mistaken as two different species.  

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The Laughing Kookaburra is not really laughing when it makes its distinctive call – it’s actually a territorial call to warn other birds to stay away.  

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