WA Birds 13. White-throated Needletail to Rufous Treecreeper

 

White-throated Needletail

Hirundapus caudacutus

Rare in WA.  Reported at Broome.

 

Fork-tailed Swift

Apus pacificus

Fairly common summer migrant, especially along the coast and in the north.  Seen at Kununurra, Argyle Diamond Mine, Broome, 80 Mile Beach, Carnarvon, Cape Le Grande.

 

House Swift

Apus affinis

Vagrant.  Two reported by Danny Rogers at Broome in February 1998..

 

Azure Kingfisher

Alcedo azurea

Fairly common on freshwater pools in the Kimberley.  The easiest place is probably Kingston Rest Station near Kununurra.  Seen at Kununurra, Manning Gorge, Camp Creek.

 

Little Kingfisher

Alcedo pusilla

Only one report in WA that I have heard of.  Very small, bright blue back, very white front.

 

Laughing Kookaburra (introduced) (photograph)

Dacelo novaeguineae

Fairly common throughout the south west.  Apparently introduced to WA in the 1920s.  Its range does not overlap with the Blue-winged.

 

Blue-winged Kookaburra

Dacelo leachii

Common in the Kimberley.  Its pre dawn and dusk choruses are common.  It also occurs in the Pilbara down to Shark Bay.  Seen at Millstream Chichester.

 

Forest Kingfisher

Todirhamphus macleayii

Rare in WA in the north east Kimberley close to the NT border.  Seen at Flying Fox Creek near Lake Argyle.  Reported at Lake Argyle homestead, Kununurra.  Look for prominent white wing patches in flight and white forehead spot.

 

Red-backed Kingfisher

Todirhamphus pyrrhopygia

Fairly common to common in the Kimberley and dry woodlands.  Common at Argyle Diamond Mine.  Seen at Kununurra, Broome, Exmouth, Cue, Walga Rock, Gibson Desert.

 

Sacred Kingfisher (photographs)

Todirhamphus sanctus

Occurs throughout WA.  Very common in the Broome mangroves.  Common at Argyle Diamond Mine in the wet season.  Fairly common summer breeding migrant to the south.  Resident on Rottnest Island.

 

Collared Kingfisher

Todirhamphus chloris

Easily seen at Wyndham wharf.  Seen at Derby, Broome, Dampier, Miaboolya Beach near Carnarvon.  Much larger than Sacred Kingfisher with greener back, whiter front and distinct collar.

 

Rainbow Bee-eater (photographs)

Merops ornatus

Occurs throughout most of WA.  A summer breeding migrant in the south.  Seen breeding at Rottnest Island, Pelican Point, Bluegum Lake.  Flocks of 100 seen at Argyle Diamond Mine from February to early May.

 

Dollarbird (photograph)

Eurystomus orientalis

Common in much of the Kimberley in the wet season.  Seen at Kununurra, Argyle Diamond Mine, Broome.

 

Blue-winged Pitta

Pitta moluccensis

Very rare vagrant to Australia.  A live bird found on Burrup Peninsular in late 1994 taken to Perth Zoo.  One reported dead at Coconut Well just north of Broome in late 1995.  Historical records at Derby and 80 Mile Beach.

 

Fairy Pitta

Pitta nympha

Very rare vagrant to Australia.  One seen in Derby in December 2007.

 

Rainbow Pitta

Pitta iris

Locally common in rainforest patches in the north Kimberley.  Seen at St Patrick's Island and common in rainforest patches near the Kimberley Coastal Camp.

 

Noisy Scrub-bird (photograph)

Atrichornis clamosus

Endemic.  Common at Two People's Bay and Waychinicup, but very difficult to see in dense habitat, even though it can be close enough for its call to be painful to the ears.  Thought to be extinct until rediscovered in 1961.  It prefers very dense gullies.

 

White-browed Treecreeper

Cormobates leucophaeus

Seen at Nallan Station near Cue in September 1997 and October 1999.  Seen at Lorna Glen Station in August 2003.  Reported to be fairly common in calitris at Sandstone and areas south east.  Reported near Warne River east of Paynes Find.  Easily located by call, but it wasn't calling at Nallan Station.

 

Black-tailed Treecreeper (photographs)

Climacteris melanura

Fairly common in eucalypt woodland in the Kimberley.  Seen at Kununurra, Argyle Diamond Mine, near Derby, near Broome.  A separate race occurs in the Pilbara.  Easily located by call.

 

Rufous Treecreeper (photograph)

Climacteris rufa

Very common in the south and south west, especially in areas with wandoo, karri and marble gum such as Dryandra State Forest, Stirling Ranges, Porongorups, Flynn Road and Bungendore State Forest.  Often feeds on the ground.  Easily located by call.

 

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