WA Birds 01. Emu to Indian Peafowl

 

Emu (photographs)

Dromaius novaehollandiae

Very common at Nallan Station near Cue.  Fairly common at Stirling Ranges, Denham, Carnarvon and Exmouth.  Seen at Eyre Bird Observatory (with five chicks in September 1990), Emu Rocks (near Hyden), near Jerramungup, Kalbarri, Lancelin turnoff.  A few times at Lake McLarty near Pinjarra.

 

Malleefowl (photographs)

Leipoa ocellata

Seen at Dryandra State Forest, Eyre Bird Observatory, near the cemetery at Hyden, west of Ravensthorpe, near Fitzgerald River bridge, White Wells Station.  There is an active mound in the Four Mile Beach campground in the Fitzgerald River NP near Hopetoun.  Reported at Kalbarri, Denham, just north of Billabong Roadhouse, Beacon.  If you stay at the the Fitzgerald River NP B&B on Quiss Road, they have several active mounds on their property.  Their stronghold is reported to be around the Ongerup and Gnowangerup districts where the Malleefowl Preservation Society was formed.

 

Orange-footed Scrubfowl

Megapodius reinwardt

Occurs in coastal vine thicket / rainforest patches in the north Kimberley.  One seen near mound at Walsh Point at Port Warrender near the Kimberley Coastal Camp.  Mound seen at Steep Head Island in the Admiralty Gulf.

 

Stubble Quail

Coturnix pectoralis

Seen in open stubble at Dryandra State Forest, Perth to Hyden, Dale River near Brookton, beside road near Jerramungup.  Reported at WA Water Ski Park in Baldivis and nearby.  Difficult to find suitable habitat in winter and spring.

 

Brown Quail (photographs)

Coturnix ypsilophora

Common at Broome, Kununurra, Argyle Diamond Mine.  Common on several islands off the Pilbara coast.  Seen at Karratha and Roebourne.  Seen in the south west at Torndirrup, Two People’s Bay, Cheyne’s Beach, Cape Le Grande, Gleneagle State Forest, Wungong Gorge.

 

King Quail

Coturnix chinensis

Rare in WA. Seen at Kingston Rest Station near Kununurra in irrigated lukina crop.  Possible at Parry Lagoons.

 

Common Pheasant (introduced)

Phasianus colchicus

Common on Rottnest Island (especially the golf course).

 

Indian Peafowl (introduced) (photograph)

Pavo cristatus

Common at Rottnest Island (around settlement and Kingston Barracks).  Used to be at the Pearl Coast Zoo in Broome until it was closed.  A few are still seen along the Crab Creek road to the Broome Bird Observatory but status uncertain.

 

Helmeted Guineafowl (introduced)

Numida meleagris

Not officially recognised on the Australian list. Used to be at the Pearl Coast Zoo in Broome until it was closed.  A few are still seen along the Crab Creek road to the Broome Bird Observatory but status uncertain.

 

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