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Australian Birds

Australian birds are some of the most unique and beautiful birds globally. Waterbirds, shorebirds and seabirds, colourful parrots, cockatoos, finches, wrens, robins, and raptors are just some.

Unfortunately, many species are experiencing a decline in numbers. Habitat loss is a significant problem. In addition, predation from feral animals and domestic species such as foxes, dogs and cats contribute to losses. As a result, the past 30 years have seen a dramatic decline in many species. Some are close to extinction.

In addition, wetlands, tidal mudflats and other coastal habitats are essential destinations for many migratory birds. These birds visit from the northern hemisphere each year. As a result, the degradation of tidal habitats has a devastating impact.

Ground nesting shorebirds are one of the most heavily impacted, with species declining in numbers by around 80% in some areas. Their nesting habits make them highly vulnerable to interference from pets, vehicles and other human activities. Furthermore, extreme weather events from climate change also have a negative impact.

Raising awareness of our beautiful Australian Birds is essential to preserving their populations in the future. In addition, understanding the impacts of housing and industry developments, recreational activities, and pollution on resident bird species is essential in making changes that benefit birds.

Ethical bird photography that does not interfere with normal bird behaviour can play a positive role. Furthermore, it can help develop an appreciation of the species that live here. Browse our images and profiles, including descriptions, habitat, diet, breeding habits, and conservation status. For some of our most endangered species, browse our articles to learn more.

Images in our Australian Bird profiles and photo galleries are exclusively the work of professional wildlife photographer Diana Andersen, Animalinfo Publications.

Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae)

Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae)

Australasian Darters, also referred to as snakebirds, are slender, elegant waterbirds found in Australia’s fresh or brackish water sources. They can be seen drying their wings along the banks of rivers, lakes and wetlands after diving for fish and other invertebrates.

Common Bronzewing Photo Gallery

Common Bronzewing Photo Gallery

Common Bronzewing photo gallery. A solidly built Australian pigeon with beautiful iridescent bronze feathering on their wings in the light.

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