Tag Archives: Passeriformes

The Scarlet Robin

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Petroica boodang aka Scarlet Robin

Petroica boodang aka Scarlet Robin
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Petroicidae
Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park, South Australia – July 19th, 2014

Photo: Aldo Trissi

Thanks to Aldo Trissi for this great shot – The Scarlet Robin has more black on the throat, whereas the similar Flame Robin has a more vivid orangy colour and that colour goes up closer to the beak – This is a male.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlet_robin

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Red Wattlebird

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Anthochaera carunculata aka Red Wattlebird
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Meliphagidae
Adelaide, South Australia in the front garden of an Eastern hillside suburb – Ocober 18th, 2014

Photo: John Fleming
Article: Michal Dutkiewicz

Wattlebirds are Australian birds from the family known as Honeyeaters. I love the rasping and rattlingĀ sounds Wattlebirds make – They are another bird whose characteristic sounds I try to imitate while walking around, along with Magpies, Maned Ducks and others. John Fleming made this observation:
“This bird was regularly seen each morning at about 6:00AM singing from this tree branch. It seemed to be a favoured location to join the morning chorus. Unfortunately just a few short weeks after this photo was taken a red wattle bird was found on the ground nearby. The only redeeming feature was that it appeared to have suffered no trauma so i am hoping it was s case of natural causes.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wattlebird

The Champion Caroller!

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Cracticus tibicen aka Australian Magpie
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Artamidae
Morialta Conservation Park, South Australia – April 21st, 2014 – in Eucalypt, sunny conditions

To my ear, Australian Magpies have one of the best singing voices of the birds I am familiar with – I always delight in hearing their complex, highly individualistic, very musical carolling.