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Australasian Oscine Passerines Photographed in Forest and Garden Habitat

Images on this webpage feature oscine passerines I photographed in the Australasia ecozone (Australia and New Zealand) mostly in forest, woodland or garden habitat. Although the birds are primarily found in forest and gardens I have included those I photographed in secondary habitats such as parks, nature reserves, urban and shrubland.

Robins, Wrens, Warblers, White-eyes, Whistlers and Fantails

This first image collection features small oscines from several different families. On a visit to Ulva Island, which is just a short boat ride from New Zealand's Stewart Island, I photographed the rare Yellowhead (Mohoua ochrocephala) and a Stewart Island robin. The Yellowhead is an IUCN red listed endangered endemic that was listed as extinct on Stewart Island in 2012 but seems to be surviving on Ulva Island where pest control measure has irradiated stoats and rats. The endemic Stewart Island robin subspecies Petroica australis rakiura has not assessed by the IUCN is At-risk (Ref: CSoNZB).

Except for the native silvereye all the other New Zealand species are endemics. I captured images of the grey gerygone more commonly known as grey warbler at Lake Matherson; a silvereye at Dunedin Botanic Garden and a New Zealand fantail at Kahurangi National Park.

I photographed two Australian native species; a golden whistler at Briars Wildlife Sanctuary and a grey fantail at the Freycinet National Park in Tasmania. Australian endemic bird images include: An eastern yellow robin and at Briars Wildlife Sanctuary, a brown thornbill at Tower Hill Reserve and white-browed scrubwren in the Grampians. On a road trip along the Victoria’s Great Ocean Road I captured male and female images of the dimorphic superb fairy-wren.

Yellowhead (Mohoua ochrocephala), Ulva Island, Southland, New Zealand, 2015 Stewart Island Robin (Petroica australis rakiura), Ulva Island, Southland, New Zealand, 2015 Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla), Tower Hill Reserve, Victoria, Australia, 2013 South Island Tomtit (Petroica macrocephala macrocephala) at Lake Matheson in New Zealand Yellowhead (Mohoua ochrocephala), Ulva Island, Southland, New Zealand, 2015 Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis), Dunedin Botanic Gardens, New Zealand, 2015 Female Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus), Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia, 2013 Male Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus), Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia, 2013 Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa), Little Gravelly Beach Tack, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia, 2013 New Zealand Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa), Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand, 2015 New Zealand Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa), Displaying Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand, 2015 White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis), Silverband Falls, Grampians, Victoria, Australia, 2013. Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis), The Briars Wildlife Sanctuary, Mornington Peninsula, 2013 Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata), Tower Hill Reserve, Victoria, Australia, 2013 Grey or Gerygone Warbler (Gerygone igata), Lake Matherson, New Zealand, 2015 Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis), The Briars Wildlife Sanctuary, Mornington Peninsula, Australia, 2013

Featured oscine passerines, Passeriformes order

Acanthizidae (Warblers) family

Grey Gerygone (Gerygone igata)

White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis)

Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata)

Maluridae (Wrens) family

Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) {m & f}

Mohouidae (Whiteheads) family

Yellowhead (Mohoua ochrocephala) [EN]

Pachycephalidae (Whistlers) family

Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis)

Petroicidae (Robins) family

Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)

Stewart Island Robin (Petroica australis rakiura)

 [At Risk, Recovering, CSoNZB]

South Island Tomtit (Petroica macrocephala) {f}

Rhipiduridae (Fantails) family

Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)

New Zealand Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

Zosteropidae (White-eyes) family

Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

Honeyeaters

This collection displays several Australian endemic birds: A red wattlebird, little wattlebird, and a New Holland honeyeater at the Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne, the noisy miner in the Adelaide Botanic Garden and yellow-faced honeyeater on a road trip along the Great Ocean Road. I captured images of a male scarlet myzomela at the Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne.

New Zealand endemics include the Tui which widespread in New Zealand, the images are from three different locations in the South Island. The New Zealand bellbird is dimorphic, I photographed male and female in two different locations in Dunedin.

Male Scarlet Myzomela (Myzomela sanguinolenta) feeding on grass-tree nectar, Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, 2013 Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae), Stewart Island, Southland, New Zealand, 2015 Male New Zealand Bellbird (Anthornis melanura) in Dunedin Botanic Garden, Otago, New Zealand, 2012 Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera) at Australian Garden in Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae), Orokonui Ecosancturay, Otago, New Zealand, 2015 Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, 2013 New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) feeding on nectar in Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) and bees in Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Female New Zealand Bellbird (Anthornis melanura), Orokonui Ecosancturay, Otago, New Zealand, 2015 Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala), Adelaide Botanic Garden, South Australia, 2013 Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae), Farewell Spit Nature Reserve, New Zealand, 2015 Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops), Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia, 2013

Featured oscine passerines, Passeriformes order

Meliphagidae (honeyeaters) family

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

New Zealand Bellbird (Anthornis melanura) {m & f}

New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae)

Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)

Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata)

Scarlet Myzomela or Crimson Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta) {m}

Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae)

Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops)

Butcherbirds, Crows, Grassbirds and Swallows

All the Australian birds featured in this collection are endemics. The butcherbird images feature: A black currawong at Cradle Mountain National Park in Tasmania; pied currawong at the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia; Australian magpie at Adelaide Botanic Garden in South Australia; Grey butcherbird at Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria and pied butcherbird at Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens. The last Australian is a forest raven along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.

The fernbird at Hapuka River Estuary on the West Coast is a New Zealand endemic and the welcome swallow at Travis Wetland in Christchurch is an introduced species. The latter species is often found near water.

New Zealand Fernbird, Hapuka River Estuary, West Coast, New Zealand, 2015 Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina) with dead Flying Fox, Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, New South Wales, Australia, 2013 Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis), Fleurieu Peninsular, South Australia, 2013 Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena), Travis Wetland, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2015 Black Currawong (Strepera fuliginosa), Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen), Adelaide Botanic Garden, South Australia, 2013 Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park, South Gippsland Forest Raven, (Corvus tasmanicus), Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia, 2013.

Featured oscine passerines, Passeriformes order

Artamidae (Butcherbirds) family

Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)

Black Currawong (Strepera fuliginosa)

Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen)

Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus)

Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)

Corvidae (Crow) family

Forest Raven (Corvus tasmanicus)

Locustellidae (Grassbirds) family

New Zealand Fernbird (Megalurus punctatus)

Hirundinidae (Swallows) family

Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)

New Zealand Wrens

I captured images of the dimorphic male and female rifleman just off the Governors Bush track in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. The female was skittish and I only managed to get a few shot before it flew off; the male was a little easier to photograph intent on insect feeding. These are endemic to New Zealand and the images are of the South Island rifleman A. c. chloris subspecies.

Male Rifleman (Acanthisitta chloris) South Island Rifleman, Governors Bush track, Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand, 2015 Female Rifleman (Acanthisitta chloris) South Island Rifleman, Governors Bush track, Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand, 2015

Featured New Zealand Wrens

Acanthisittidae order, Acanthisittidae (NZ Wrens) family

South Island Rifleman (Acanthisitta chloris chloris) {m & f}

Abbreviations

IUCN: International Union for Conservation of Nature

[EN] Endangered

{m} Male, {f} Female

Webpage References

Ref: CSoNZB: Conservation status of New Zealand birds (2012). [Online] Available from: http://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/science-and-technical/nztcs4entire.pdf [Accessed 24th Feb 2017]