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Our birds

More than 250 species of birds have been recorded in the central Blue Mountains area. From lush rainforest gullies to windswept rocky heathland and eucalypt woodlands, the Blue Mountains is home to some of Australia's most beautiful and endangered birds. This site has taken care to highlight some of these birds, especially those under threat of extinction and their conservation status. All birds have been arranged into the Passerine or Non-Passerine classes and their family classification.

habitat

The Blue Mountains is a World Heritage National Park. The most globally important value of the Greater Blue Mountains is the area's representation of ecosystems dominated by eucalypts. The eucalypt forest communities of the region are the most diverse and intact scleromorphic (hard-leaved) forests in the Earth's temperate zone.

passerines

A passerine is any bird of the order Passeriformes, which includes more than half of all bird species. Known as perching birds or songbirds, passerines are distinguished from other orders of birds by the arrangement of their toes (three pointing forward and one back), which facilitates perching.

non-passerines

A non-passerine is a bird not belonging or relating to the order Passeriformes. Examples of non-passerine birds are: parrots (2 toes each way), and emu (3 toes, all forward). Their feet are multi-functional like parrots who walk, perch and use their feet to manipulate their environment & tools.

Conservation key

Each bird has been labelled with a conservation status according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018.


Interesting facts

1. They steer clear of danger by listening in on the warning cries of other birds.
2. Superb fairy-wren dads that sing to their eggs get more attentive chicks.
3. They can adjust their egg-size for the climate. They alter the size of their laid eggs to help chicks survive in harsher conditions. (Source: Australian Geographic, 2017.).
The Willie Wagtail is one of Australia's most widespread species, at least on the mainland. Reflecting this, it features prominently in Indigenous mythology. Willie Wagtails were disliked by Indigenous people in some areas, as they were thought to loiter at the edge of camps, listening to conversations then telling the secrets elsewhere. The Willie Wagtail was also seen as an ill omen, and they would abandon an expedition if a Willie Wagtail was seen on the morning of departure.
About 80% of the Superb Lyrebird's song consists of expert mimicry, with both natural and mechanical sounds imitated and joined together in a rousing medley. Sounds can include anything heard in the bird's immediate surroundings, such as chainsaws, car engines, dog barks and local native birds.
Although the introduction of the House Sparrow was deliberate, and welcomed by many people, it quickly became a major pest, and a reward was paid by the Australian government for the birds and their eggs. Today, the species is so well established in the east that no amount of effort will exterminate the ever-expanding population. The birds however have so far been prevented from establishing themselves in Western Australia, with every bird observed being deliberately destroyed.

endangered native birds

Regent Honeyeater - critically endangered
Swift Parrot - critically endangered
Wedge-tailed Eagle - endangered
Glossy black-cockatoo - endangered
SOUTHERN EMU-WREN - endangered
Powerful Owl - vulnerable

About Us

We are a non-profit organisation interested in the conservation and educating awareness of the local fauna, particularly birds that call the Blue Mountains home.

Our primary objective is to promote the conservation of native birds and their habitats through education, conservation science, advocacy efforts and diverse projects.

Birds are essential to maintaining the balance in our ecosystem. The feeding relationships among all the animals in an ecosystem help prevent any one species from becoming too numerous. Many birds are important in plant reproduction too, through their services as pollinators and/or seed dispersers. Through education we can all learn how to provide habitat and identify threats to assist our native birds to thrive and survive.

Contact us

our location

Birds of the Blue Mountains
P.O Box 69
Glenbrook, NSW, 2773

Say Hello

Email: contact@birdsofbluemountains.com
Phone: 02 4735 8855