Great Bowerbird (Chlamydera nuchalis)

The Great Bowerbird’s (Chlamydera nuchalis)  favoured habitat is a broad range of forest and woodland, and the margins of vine forests, monsoon forest, and mangrove swamps.

As with most members of the bowerbird family, breeding considerations dominate the lifecycle: females nest inconspicuously and raise their young alone, while the males spend most of the year building, maintaining, improving, defending, and above all displaying from their bowers. Only a male with a successful bower can attract mates.  Spend some time watching them decorate, they are so much fun to watch!

They are a common and conspicuous resident of northern Australia, from the area around Broome across the Top End to Cape York Peninsula and as far south as Mount Isa.  I got my best views in Katherine near the museum and at the Lazy Lizard Caravan Park but I pretty much saw them everywhere!

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Here’s just a few examples of why the Bowerbirds are so much fun to watch!  They dance, decorate, romance and more!

 

Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea)

The Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea), also known as the grey jumper, lazy jack or cwa bird  often travel in groups of about 12; for this reason they were named after the Biblical apostles, the twelve chief followers of Jesus Christ.

They have a large range in Australia but I have only seen them at Humbles Creek in the Northern Territory and Mosquito Creek Road in Queensland.  They do seem quite numerous in their range.

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A tight knit Apostlebird community is a beautiful thing!

 

Maybe a Judas bird in the midst?

 

Purple-crowned Fairy-wren (Malurus coronatus)

The beautiful Purple-crowned Fairy-wren (Malurus coronatus) is a species of bird in the Maluridae family.   I couldn’t get a decent shot at Victoria River so here’s a couple from Wikipedia, you can see the difference between male and female.

They are only found in the northern part of Australia spanning from Western Australia to parts of the Northern Territory and QueenslandVictoria River Roadhouse is the go-to place to spot them, also try Timber Creek.

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I could only find one clip on Youtube but it’s a good one!

White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)

The White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis) is native to New Guinea, and eastern and northern Australia.  This little guy from Pine Creek was surprisingly bold in letting any passing human know he wanted a drink of water!

They have a very large range across Australia in Queensland and the Northern Territory and even into southern Papua New Guinea.

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This one has something to say, probably asking the human below to get him some water!

Another one from Darwin

 

Rose-crowned Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus regina)

The Rose-crowned Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus regina) is also known as Pink-capped Fruit Dove or Swainson’s Fruit Dove.  Their delicate beauty and bright pink caps make them a real treat to see!

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They have quite a large range in northern and eastern Australia and also Indonesia.  I spotted this beauty at Howard Springs Nature Park in the Northern Territory.

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When you know you’re gorgeous!

 

Bonded pair

 

Rainbow Pitta (Pitta iris)

The Rainbow Pitta (Pitta iris) is a colourful bird with a velvet black head with brown stripes above the eye, dark green upper parts, pale blue shoulders, black underparts and an olive green tail. It feeds on insects, crustaceans and other small animals and builds an untidy, spherical nest. It is a shy forest bird and a real treat to see!

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They are endemic to Australia’s Northern Territory and are easily seen at Howard Springs and sometimes near Fogg Dam.  I spotted the one above barely 3 minutes after entering the park!

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This is the call to listen for.  They tend to be spread out but close enough to contact each other.

A birding group spots one.

This is pretty cool, I didn’t know you could attract them by tapping on the ground!

 

 

Puerto Rican Tody (Todus mexicanus)

The Puerto Rican Tody (Todus mexicanus) is a bird native to the island of Puerto Rico. Despite its scientific name, the Puerto Rican Tody is endemic to the island and is locally known as “San Pedrito” (“Little Saint Peter”).

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Puerto Rican Todies are endemic to the island of Puerto Rico.  I saw this little cutie at El Yunque National Forest.

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A group of birders found this one at El Yunque.

Although the narration is in Spanish there is some excellent footage of the bird eating bugs and feeding his young.

Rufous-throated Solitaire (Myadestes genibarbis)

The Rufous-throated Solitaire (Myadestes genibarbis) is a species of bird placed in the family Turdidae.  The bird is nicknamed the siffleur montagne (or mountain whistler) in Dominica.  This little guy came pretty close to me at the Syndicate.

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They are found on several Caribbean Islands such as Dominica, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Martinique, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent.

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I love this cute “red beard” effect of their colouring!

Antillean Crested Hummingbird (Orthorhyncus cristatus)

The Antillean Crested Hummingbird (Orthorhyncus cristatus) is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family.  I saw this one as we were driving up to the Syndicate Forest.  I think it’s a female as the crest isn’t that bright blue colour.

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They are found in found in the Caribbean Islands of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, north-east Puerto Rico, Saba, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Eustatius, the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Lesser Antilles.  The only island where I saw one was Dominica.

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These clips really show the beauty of the male bird’s crest!

 

 

And this one is trying to have a drink and a bath at the same time!