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Birdwatching

The exotic and beautiful bird life at Crystal Creek

As Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is directly adjacent to Lamington National Park and Springbrook National Park, it's a hot spot for birdwatching. In one three-hour morning session, 41 species were sighted and identified.

This bird list has been compiled from observations made on and around our property by Judy and Ralph Kraemer since 1989. Bird names are according to the Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds by Peter Slater.

Occurrence

  • C Common (often seen)
  • Uncommon (seen once in a while)
  • R Resident (lives in one area all year)
  • M Migrant (makes regular trips from area to area, locally or long-distance)
  • N Nomadic (moves from area to area with no seasonal regularity)
  • V Vagrant (visits an area irregularly, usually passing through)

Habitat

  • A All areas
  • R Rainforest
  • 0 Open areas
  • U Understory
  • T Treetops
  • G Grassy areas
  • C Near water

Birds observed

  • Albert's Lyrebird
  • Australian Hobby
  • Australian Kestrel
  • Australian King-Parrot
  • Australian Magpie
  • Australian Pelican
  • Azure Kingfisher
  • Bar-shouldered Dove
  • Barn Owl
  • Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
  • Black-faced Monarch
  • Black-shouldered Kite
  • Brown Cuckoo-Dove
  • Brown Falcon
  • Brown Gerygone
  • Brown Honeyeater
  • Brown Quail
  • Brown Thornbill
  • Brush Cuckoo
  • Brush Turkey
  • Buff-banded Rail
  • Cattle Egret
  • Channel-billed Cuckoo
  • Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
  • Cicadabird
  • Collared Sparrowhawk
  • Common Bronzewing
  • Common Koel
  • Crested Hawk
  • Crested Pigeon
  • Crested Shrike-tit
  • Crimson Rosella
  • Dollarbird
  • Double-barred Finch
  • Eastern Rosella
  • Eastern Spinebill
  • Eastern Whipbird
  • Eastern Yellow Robin
  • Emerald Dove
  • Fan-tailed Cuckoo
  • Figbird
  • Forest Kingfisher
  • Galah
  • Glossy Black-Cockatoo
  • Golden Whistler
  • Green Catbird
  • Grey Butcherbird
  • Grey Falcon
  • Grey Fantail
  • Grey Goshawk
  • Grey Shrike-thrush
  • Intermediate Egret
  • Jacky Winter
  • Large-billed Scrubwren
  • Laughing Kookaburra
  • Leaden Flycatcher
  • Lewin's Honeyeater
  • Lewin's Rail
  • Little Cuckoo-shrike
  • Little Eagle
  • Little Egret
  • Little Lorikeet
  • Little Pied Cormorant
  • Little Shrike-thrush
  • Logrunner
  • Magpie-lark
  • Marbled Frogmouth
  • Masked Lapwing
  • Mistletoebird
  • Noisy Friarbird
  • Noisy Miner
  • Noisy Pitta
  • Olive-backed Oriole
  • Pacific Black Duck
  • Pacific Heron
  • Pale-Yellow Robin
  • Pale-headed Rosella
  • Paradise Riflebird
  • Peaceful Dove
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Pheasant Coucal
  • Pied Butcherbird
  • Pied Currawong
  • Purple Swamphen
  • Rainbow Bee-Eater
  • Rainbow Lorikeet
  • Red-backed Fairy-wren
  • Red-browed Finch (Firetail)
  • Regent Bowerbird
  • Restless Flycatcher
  • Richard's Pipit
  • Rose Robin
  • Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
  • Royal Spoonbill
  • Rufous Fantail
  • Rufous Night Heron
  • Rufous Whistler
  • Sacred Ibis
  • Sacred Kingfisher
  • Satin Bowerbird
  • Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
  • Scarlet Honeyeater
  • Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
  • Silver Gull
  • Silvereye
  • Sooty Owl
  • Southern Boobook Owl
  • Spangled Drongo
  • Spectaed Monarch
  • Spotted Pardalote
  • Straw-necked Ibis
  • Striated Pardalote
  • Striated Thornbill
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  • Superb Blue Fairy-wren
  • Superb Fruit-Dove
  • Tawny Frogmouth
  • Topknot Pigeon
  • Torresian Crow
  • Tree Martin
  • Varied Sittella
  • Varied Triller
  • Variegated Fairy-wren
  • Wedge-tail Eagle
  • Welcome Swallow
  • White's Thrush
  • White-Winged Triller
  • White-bellied Sea-Eagle
  • White-browed Scrubwren
  • White-eared Monarch
  • White-faced Heron
  • White-headed Pigeon
  • White-naped Honeyeater
  • White-throated Gerygone
  • White-throated Needletail
  • White-throated Treecreeper
  • Willie Wagtail
  • Wompoo Fruit-Dove
  • Wonga Pigeon
  • Wood Duck
  • Yellow-eyed Cuckoo-shrike
  • Yellow-faced Honeyeater
  • Yellow-rumped Thornbill
  • Yellow-tailed Slack Cockatoo
  • Yellow-throated Scrubwren

Australian Bird Watching website

Satin BowerbirdSatin Bowerbird

Featured species
CCRR News February 2015

Satin bowerbirds live in the rainforest of Crystal Creek but to actually see one is rare, so we were delighted recently to see a young male foraging in the seed we leave daily on our deck.

Satin Bowerbirds are named after the beautiful dark sheeny plumage of the male, who is best known for his habit of collecting blue objects. In urban areas clothes pegs are the usual target, but in the rainforest, the blue tail feathers of Crimson Rosellas are a prized favourite. Decorations can also be violets, purples or occasionally even lime-coloured.

A bower is not a nest – these are built well above ground by the female bowerbird – it is a courting space built of fine twigs and maintained and decorated fastidiously by a single blue male. It's also the scene of fierce competition as neighbouring males will attempt to destroy the bower and pinch the twigs or decorations for their own bowers.

Bowerbirds are omnivorous, feeding on animal and plant material including seeds, fruit, flowers and nectar. They also love fresh green leafy vegetables, which can bring them into conflict with gardeners.

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