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Old World and Australasian Birds Photographed in Forest and Garden Habitat

Birds that occupy forest, woodland, garden, parks, nature reserves and urban habitats is huge and could arguably include over half the ten thousand plus known species. Besides these three types of habitat, some species can also be found in other habitats such savanna while others occupy just one type of habitat such as forest.

A brief introduction to oscines, suboscines, passerines and non-passerines is given on my birds (Aves) page.

Passerines or perching birds, so called because of their toe arrangement, are in the Passeriformes order, the largest and most diverse order of birds containing about five thousand known species. The order is divided into oscine passerines that are often less accurately called songbirds and suboscines. For convenience, I've also included the small group of Acanthisittidae (New Zealand Wrens) with oscines. Two subpages feature my passerine bird images; one for Australasian passerines and another for Old World passerines.

Non-passerine birds, that are primary found in forest habitat, feature in the third subpage.

AustraHyperlink to Australasian Oscine Passerines Web Pagelasian Oscine Passerines and Acanthisittidae

The image collection features a represented selection of species from the Australasian oscine families that I photographed in Australia and New Zealand.  In 2015 on Ulva Island I was fortunate to photograph the rare and endangered yellowhead together with a Stewart Island robin, is a subspecies of the New Zealand robin. In 2013 I photographed a rare visitor to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne; a scarlet myzomela honeyeater, native to Australia’s east coast. The collection below displays just one or two bird species from each family that are featured in subpage collections.

Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis), Dunedin Botanic Gardens, New Zealand, 2015 New Zealand Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa), Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand, 2015 Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa), Little Gravelly Beach Tack, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia, 2013 Stewart Island Robin (Petroica australis rakiura), Ulva Island, Southland, New Zealand, 2015 New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) and a bee, Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, 2013 Yellowhead (Mohoua ochrocephala), Ulva Island, Southland, New Zealand, 2015 Male Scarlet Myzomela (Myzomela sanguinolenta) feeding on grass-tree nectar, Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, 2013 Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina) with dead Flying Fox, Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, New South Wales, Australia, 2013 Black Currawong (Strepera fuliginosa), Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania, 2013 Male Bellbird (Anthornis melanura), Orokonui Ecosancturay, Otago, New Zealand, 2015 New Zealand Fernbird, Hapuka River Estuary, West Coast, New Zealand, 2015 Male Rifleman (Acanthisitta chloris) South Island Rifleman, Governors Bush track, Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand, 2015

Image Highlights of Australasian oscine passerines, Passeriformes order

Petroica (Robins) family

Stewart Island Robin (Petroica australis rakiura)

Zosteropidae (White-eyes) family

Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

Mohouidae (Whiteheads) family

Yellowhead (Mohoua ochrocephala) [EN]

Rhipiduridae (Fantails) family

Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)

New Zealand Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

Locustellidae (Grassbirds) family

New Zealand Fernbird (Megalurus punctatus)

Meliphagidae (honeyeaters) family

New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae)

Scarlet Myzomela or Crimson Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)

New Zealand Bellbird (Anthornis melanura)

Artamidae (Butcherbirds) family

Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)

Black Currawong (Strepera fuliginosa)

Acanthisittidae order, Acanthisittidae (NZ Wrens) family

Rifleman (Acanthisitta chloris)

Old WHyperlink to Old World Oscine Passerinesorld Oscine and Suboscine Passerines

A selection of Old World Passerine images photographed in Singapore, Mauritius and Seychelles. The subpage features more images of these and other Old Word oscines including common species that have been introduced into New Zealand where I photographed them. The highlights include; an image of the near threatened White-chested babbler at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve; two tailor birds, the ashy tailorbird at Singapore botanic gardens, the dark-necked tailorbird and the magnificent blue-winged pitta both in the Singapore's central catchment area. The collection below displays just one or two bird species from each family that are featured in subpage collections.

Blue-winged pitta (Pitta moluccensis), Central Catchment Area, Singapore, 2015 Dark-necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis), Central Catchment Area, Singapore, 2015 White-chested Babbler (Malacocincla malaccensis), Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, 2015 Ferruginous Flycatcher (Muscicapa ferruginea), Bidadari Cemetery and Woodland, Singapore, 2015 Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis), Chinese Garden, East Jurong, Singapore, 2015 Male Madagascan Red Fody (Foudia madagascariensis), Mahe, Seychelles, 2011 Male Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus), La Gaulette, Mauritius, 2014 Female Olive-Backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis), Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Singapore, 2015 Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps), Singapore Botanic Gardens, 2015 Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus), Singapore Botanic Gardens, 2015 Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), Sunbathing, Japanese Garden, East Jurong, Singapore, 2013 Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica), Chinese Garden, East Jurong, Singapore, 2015 Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier), Chinese Garden, East Jurong, Singapore, 2015

Image Highlights of Old World Passerines, Passeriformes order

Pellorneidae (Ground Babblers) family

White-chested Babbler (Trichastoma rostratum) [NT]

Cisticolidae (Cisticolas) family

Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps)

Dark-necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis)

Muscicapidae (Old World flycatchers) family

Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa latirostris)

Rhipiduridae (Fantail) family

Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica) also known as Malaysian Pied Fantail

Pycnonotidae (Bulbuls) family

Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)

Oriolidae (orioles) family

Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)

Sturnidae (Starling) family

Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)

Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)

Nectariniidae (Sunbird) family

Olive-Backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis)

Ploceidae (Weavers) family

Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus) {m}

Madagascar Red Fody (Foudia madagascariensis) {m}

Pittidae (Pitta) family

Blue-winged pitta (Pitta moluccensis)

Old WHyperlink to Non-Passerinesorld, including Australasian Non-passerines

This group of non-passerine images were photographed in Singapore, Mauritius, Malaysia, Seychelles and New Zealand. Featured endemics include an endangered pink-pigeon from Mauritius and two New Zealand endemics; the vulnerable weka and near threatened New Zealand pigeon. The featured Bornean crested fireback and red-breasted parakeet are IUCN red listed as near threatened.

The collection below displays just one or two bird species from each family featured in two subpage collections. The first subpage collection features woodpecker, cuckoo and cockatoo while the second displays dove, pigeon, rails and fowl.

Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) in Pasir Ris Park, Singapore New Zealand Pigeon (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) at Hapuka River Estuary, West Coast Pink Pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri), Macchabee Trail, Black River Gorges National Park, Mauritius Shining Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites lucidus), Orokonui Ecosancturay, Otago, New Zealand, 2015 Weka (Gallirallus australis), Bellbird walk, Lake Mahinapua, West Coast, New Zealand, 2015 Common Flameback Woodpecker (Dinopium javanense), Japanese Garden, East Jurong, Singapore, 2013 Malaysian hawk-cuckoo (Hierococcyx fugax) at Bidadari Cemetery Woodland, Singapore Bornean Crested Fireback (Lophura ignita) at Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia

Images Highlight from several Old World Non-Passerine Bird Orders/Families

Piciformes order, Picidae (Woodpecker) family

Common Flameback woodpecker (Dinopium javanense)

Cuculiformes order, Cuculidae (Cuckoos) family

Shining Bronze-cuckoo (Chalcites lucidus)

Malaysian hawk-cuckoo (Hierococcyx fugax)

Psittaciformes order, Cacatuidae (Cockatoos) family

Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) [NT]

Columbiformes order, Columbidae (Doves and Pigeons) family

Pink Pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri) [EN]

New Zealand Pigeon (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae) [NT]

Gruiformes order, Rallidae (Rails) family

Western Weka (Gallirallus australis)

Galliformes order, Phasianidae (Fowl) family

Bornean Crested Fireback (Lophura ignita) [NT]

Bird taxonomy

Aves taxonomy is a moving feast and a coherent approach to identification and classification can be difficult. The resources I use for include several authoritative websites and databases; these as referenced on wildlife webpage taxonomic classification refers.