Rainbow Bee-eater Rainbow Bee-eater
Photo by Jimmy Hislop
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Australian Native Birds
Smaller Birds
& Honeyeaters
Robins, wrens, finches
and honeyeaters, etc
The first part of this webpage could have been called "Nervous Little Birds" due to their flittering flighty nature - which makes them more difficult to photograph.

As with the Larger Birds Group, it is an arbitrary grouping to facilitate finding birds on this website.

25-30cm (10-12 inches) has been chosen as the size limit of the group. This is measured from bill tip to tail tip.

As a guide, magpies and seagulls are around 40cm - while wrens and robins are around 15cm.

The second part of the webpage is the honeyeaters (Family Meliphagidae) which includes honeyeaters, wattlebirds, friarbirds, miners, spinebills and chats.

There are about 75 members of the honeyeater family in Australia - twice that many worldwide.

Small Birds
Eastern Bristlebird
Golden Whistler
Grey Fantail
Grey Shrike-thrush
Rainbow Bee-eater
Red-browed Finch
Red-eared Firetail
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Red-winged Fairy Wren
Silvereye
Splendid Fairy Wren
Spotted Pardalote
Superb Fairy Wren
White-breasted Robin
White-browed Scrubwren
White-throated Treecreeper
White-winged Triller
Honeyeaters
Eastern Spinebill
New Holland Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Little Wattlebird
Red Wattlebird
Singing Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater
Yellow-throated Miner

Superb Fairy-wren Superb Fairy-wren
(Orbost, Vic)
Found in greater south-eastern Australia.
Like all Fairy-wrens, it is only the male that has the colourful plumage and only when breeding.
Here's an image from Cowra, NSW
and another from Orbost, Vic.
Splendid Fairy-wren Splendid Fairy-wren
(Albany, WA)
The easiest to identify as it is all blue.
Photo by Ron North
Here's two images from Margaret River, WA. The first image shows a male and female; the second image shows a female.
Red-winged Fairy-wren Red-winged Fairy-wren
(Albany, WA)
The Red-winged Fairy Wren is hard to distinguish from three very similar relatives. Its location and silvery-blue mantle helped greatly.
Here's an image of a moulting male.
Both photos by Ron North
Rainbow Bee-eater Rainbow Bee-eater
(Wallaroo, SA)
Found throughout Australia - except the more arid areas and Tasmania. It is known for pursuing and catching insects in flight.
Photo by Jimmy Hislop
White-breasted Robin White-breasted Robin
(Albany, WA)
Its even colours, black lores and location identifies it. It is found in the south-west of Western Australia.
[A bird's lore is the patch between its beak and eyes.]
Photo by Ron North
Grey Shrike-thrush Grey Shrike-thrush
(male)
(Leura, NSW)
The Grey Shrike-thrush is found all over Australia, and as with many birds it has slight variations in this area. The female has a white ring around its eyes.
Red-browed Finch Red-browed Finch
(Leura, NSW)
This poor little bird crashed into our window, and was stunned for quite awhile before recovering and flying away. (It's left foot is not caught.) It is found along the eastern coast and tablelands from Cape York to Adelaide.
White-throated Treecreeper White-throated Treecreeper
(female)
(Leura, NSW)
The White-throated Treecreeper is found on the coast and adjacent ranges from mid Queensland around to Adelaide. The female has an orange mark on her cheek. Their back is a solid browny-grey colour.
Spotted Pardalote Spotted Pardalote
(male)
(Lane Cove NP, NSW)
The Spotted Pardalote is found in the forests and woodland in the southern part of Australia. The female has a cream throat.
Golden Whistler Golden Whistler
(male)
(Albany, WA)
Found along the eastern and southern seaboard and ranges and Tasmania.
Very similar to the Mangrove Golden whistler which is found along the northern seaboard.    Photo by Ron North
White-browed Scrubwren White-browed Scrubwren
(Lane Cove NP, NSW)
One of many busy little brown birds. It is found along the coast and adjacent ranges in the southern half of Australia.
Silvereye Silvereye
(Dutton Bay, SA)
Easily identified - if you can get close to this nervous little bird. It is also found along the coast and adjacent ranges in the southern half of Australia.
Grey Fantail Grey Fantail
(Lane Cove NP, NSW)
A member of the unmistakable Fantail family - which includes the Willie Wagtail. The Grey Fantail is found throughout Australia.
Red-whiskered Bulbul Red-whiskered Bulbul
(introduced)
(Leura, NSW)
This reasonably well-behaved bird was introduced in the 1880s into Sydney.
We have a pair that nest most years in our garden and help out in the veggie patch. Here's another image.
Red-eared Firetail Red-eared Firetail
(Albany, WA)
There are 5 or so firetail finches - fortunately they tend to have their own discrete area, so are relatively easy to identify.
The Red-eared Firetail is found in south-western WA.    Photo by Ron North
White-winged Triller White-winged Triller
(male)
(Albany, WA)
This is a breeding male.
Just like the fairy-wrens, the male sports very distinctive plumage when breeding. The female and non-breeding males are brownish and don't have a solid black head.    Photo by Ron North
Eastern Bristlebird Eastern Bristlebird
(Jervis Bay, NSW)
This endangered bird is shy and lives in coastal heath on Australia's south-eastern coast.
Here's another image and another.
Photo by Wayne Goodman

The Honeyeater Family - Family Meliphagidae.

Singing Honeyeater Singing Honeyeater
(Port Neill, SA)
Found throughout Australia except on the eastern seaboard. The Birds In Backyards website provides further information.
White-plumed Honeyeater White-plumed Honeyeater
(Quorn, SA)
Identified by the white plume on its neck, this honeyeater is found in most parts of Australia except the tropical north.
New Holland Honeyeater New Holland Honeyeater
(Leura, NSW)
There are over 50 native birds called honeyeater. This one is distinguished from similar birds by the white around its eyes. It is found in south-eastern Australia and the south-west of WA.
New Holland was an early name for Australia.
Eastern Spinebill Eastern Spinebill
(female)
(Lane Cove NP, NSW)
The female Eastern Spinebill has an olive-grey crown, whereas the male has a glossy black head.
Noisy Miner Noisy Miner
(Cheltenham, NSW)
Found on the east coast and hinterland from northern Queensland to Adelaide.
A fearless bird that "shapes up" to Magpies and Currawongs. Its distinctive cry of alarm when a threat appears, rapidly brings the whole family around.
Here's an image by Martin Kandilas
Red Wattlebird Red Wattlebird
(Cheltenham, NSW)
The Red Wattlebird has a distinctive pinkish red wattle near its ear. Its red eyes also differentiate it from other wattlebirds. The Red Wattlebird is found in the south of all mainland southern states.
Little Wattlebird Little Wattlebird
(Orbost, Vic.)
A wattlebird without the wattle. This fellow is found along the coast and nearby ranges from southern Queensland to Adelaide and parts of Tasmania.
Yellow-throated Miner Yellow-throated Miner
(Kings Canyon, NT)
Found throughout Australia, except the eastern seaboard, Victoria and Tasmania.
It is distinguished from other miners by the yellow skin that runs from its beak.
Photo by Rosemary Culos

Glossary

ACT - Australian Capital Territory
NP - National Park
NSW - New South Wales
NT - Northern Territory
Qld - Queensland
SA - South Australia
Vic. - Victoria
WA - Western Australia

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