WA Birds 16. Red Wattlebird to Gibberbird

 

Red Wattlebird

Anthochaera carunculata

Very common around Perth and in the south west.  More common in woodland.  Far less common in heathland.

 

Little Wattlebird

Anthochaera chrysoptera

WA race is likely to be separated from the eastern race.  Common in coastal banksia at Esperance and in hakea at Waychinicup.  Best site in Perth is in banksias at the Kings Park Botanic Gardens and in dryandra at Bungendore State Forest.  Seen in dryandra at Dryandra State Forest.

 

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Acanthagenys rufogularis

Very common especially in the mulga at Shark Bay, Carnarvon, Warne River, Cue, White Wells Station, Lorna Glen Station.  Seen at Murchison River bridge, Hyden, Eyre Bird Observatory, Carnegie Station, Gibson Desert.  Beautiful call.

 

Silver-crowned Friarbird

Philemon corniculatus

Occurs in the north and east Kimberley.  Seen fairly often near Kununurra.  Also seen near Wyndham, Argyle Diamond Mine, Koolan Island.

 

Little Friarbird (photograph)

Philemon citreogularis

Very common throughout the Kimberley at Broome, Derby, Argyle Diamond Mine, Kununurra, Wyndham.

 

Blue-faced Honeyeater (photograph)

Entomyzon cyanotis

Fairly common around Kununurra.  Seen a few times at the Argyle Diamond Mine.

 

Yellow-throated Miner (photographs)

Manorina flavigula

Occurs in small flocks across most of the state.  Abundant at Esperance and from New Norcia to Cue.  Seen south of Narrogin to Stirling Ranges.  Common at Argyle Diamond Mine.  Seen at Broome.  Common in towns in the Pilbara.  Seen nesting in Exmouth in October 2000.  Not common near Perth but can usually be seen along Forrest Road near Armadale Golf Course.  Seen near Lake McLarty.

 

White-lined Honeyeater

Meliphaga albilineata

Common near the Kimberley Coastal Camp at Port Warrender in the Kimberley.  Seen at the Sale River.

 

Singing Honeyeater (photograph)

Lichenostomus virescens

Distributed across most of the state.  Very common in Perth and Broome.  Seen in Kununurra and Argyle Diamond Mine.

 

White-gaped Honeyeater

Lichenostomus unicolor

Common in the Kimberley especially near water courses including Kununurra, Derby, Broome and Kimberley Coastal Camp.  Seen at Argyle Diamond Mine.

 

White-eared Honeyeater

Lichenostomus leucotis

Fairly common in the mallee in the south and south west.  Seen at Dryandra State Forest, Fitzgerald River, White Wells Station.

 

Purple-gaped Honeyeater

Lichenostomus cratitus

Common at Jerramungup, Fitzgerald River and Stirling Range in mallee heath.  Seen at old station near Eyre Bird Observatory.

 

Grey-headed Honeyeater

Lichenostomus keartlandi

Fairly common in the dunes near the port in Broome.  Common at Shothole Canyon and Mandu Mandu Gorge near Exmouth.  Seen in the Gibson Desert Nature Reserve.  Reported through the Pilbara and further east.

 

Yellow-plumed Honeyeater

Lichenostomus ornatus

Common in wandoo woodlands at Dryandra State Forest, Stirling Ranges and Flynn Road.  Common in eucalypt woodland between Hyden and Norseman.  Seen at White Wells Station.

 

Grey-fronted Honeyeater

Lichenostomus plumulus

Common at the Argyle Diamond Mine including breeding in July 1993 and late 1997.  Seen at Kununurra, north Kimberley, Derby, White Wells Station.

 

Yellow-tinted Honeyeater (photograph)

Lichenostomus flavescens

Common in the Kimberley especially near water courses and melaleucas.  Seen at Broome, Derby, Argyle Diamond Mine, Kununurra, Wyndham, Kimberley Coastal Camp.

 

White-plumed Honeyeater (photographs)

Lichenostomus penicillatus

Very common in the Pilbara, Gascoyne and Murchison from Geraldton up to Exmouth, across to Sandfire Roadhouse and down to Gibson Desert and Cue.  Seen nesting in Exmouth in October 2000.  Very easy to attract by pishing.

 

Black-chinned Honeyeater (photographs)

Melithreptus gularis

Golden-backed race which may be separated as a full species.  Seen in the Kimberley at Broome, Kununurra and Argyle Diamond Mine.  Two seen at Millstream Homestead.

 

Brown-headed Honeyeater

Melithreptus brevirostris

Common in mallee heath in the south and south west.  Seen at Dryandra State Forest, near the Stirling Ranges, Fitzgerald River, Eyre Bird Observatory, White Wells Station, Wubin.

 

White-throated Honeyeater (photographs)

Melithreptus albogularis

Fairly common in the Kimberley especially near water courses.  Less common in the west Kimberley.  Seen at Broome, Derby, Argyle Diamond Mine, Kununurra, Wyndham, Kimberley Coastal Camp.

 

White-naped Honeyeater (photograph)

Melithreptus lunatus

Common in the south west especially in marri forest.  Seen at Wungong Gorge, Bungendore State Forest, Dryandra State Forest, Stirling Ranges, Albany.  Their harsh call is fairly distinctive.  Two distinct western races with a white and a green eye crescent.

 

Brown Honeyeater (photograph)

Lichmera indistincta

Very common in much of Western Australia.  Very common in Broome, Kununurra, Argyle Diamond Mine, Perth.  Very easy to attract by pishing.

 

Painted Honeyeater

Grantiella picta

Very rare vagrant to Western Australia.  One reported at Bell Creek in the Kimberley by Jonny Schoenjahn in May 2002..

 

New Holland Honeyeater (photograph)

Phylidonyris novaehollandiae

Abundant in many places in the south west.  Less common than White-cheeked in coastal heath.  Very easy to attract by pishing. In Perth, easily seen at Bibra Lake and Wungong Gorge / Bungendore State Forest.

 

White-cheeked Honeyeater

Phylidonyris nigra

Common in many places in the south west, especially in heathland.  Seen at Kalbarri, Dryandra State Forest, Stirling Ranges, Waychinicup, Albany, Esperance, Flynn Road.  In Perth it can be found at Pelican Point, Kings Park, Bungendore State Forest, Bold Park, Lake Monger, Applecross.  It often has a high display flight.

 

White-fronted Honeyeater

Phylidonyris albifrons

An arid honeyeater that is very nomadic.  Very common at Kalbarri.  Seen near Carnarvon, Nallan Station, Broome, Wubin, Bindoon, Eyre Bird Observatory, Lorna Glen Station, Canning Stock Route.

 

Tawny-crowned Honeyeater

Phylidonyris melanops

Common in many places in the south west, especially in heathland.  Seen at Kalbarri, Dryandra State Forest, Stirling Ranges, Fitzgerald River, Waychinicup, Albany, Flynn Road, White Wells Station.  It often has a high display flight.  It nests very close to the ground.

 

Bar-breasted Honeyeater (photograph)

Ramsayornis fasciatus

Common especially near melaleuca in the Kimberley.  Common at Kimberley Coastal Camp, and Camp Creek near Prince Regent River.  Seen at Kununurra, near Wyndham, Argyle Diamond Mine, May River near Derby.  Builds a distinctive nest hanging over water.

 

Rufous-throated Honeyeater (photograph)

Conopophila rufogularis

Very common in most of the Kimberley.  Seen at Broome, Derby, Argyle Diamond Mine, Kununurra, Wyndham, Kimberley Coastal Camp.

 

Grey Honeyeater (photographs)

Conopophila whitei

Seen 32km south of Paynes Find in September 1997 and November 2003.  A pair seen with a fledgling near nest near Yalgoo in October 1999.  One seen at Nallan Station in October 1999.  Reported to be fairly common near Tom Price.  Reported from Mount Magnet to Mullewa.

 

Western Spinebill (photograph)

Acanthorhynchus superciliosus

Endemic.  Common in heath from Kalbarri to Fitzgerald River.  Common in dryandra and banksia at Dryandra State Forest, Stirling Ranges, Waychinicup, Albany.  Easily found in Perth at Bungendore State Forest and fairly common in Kings Park and Bold Park.  Easy to attract by pishing or rubbing polystyrene on glass.

 

Banded Honeyeater

Certhionyx pectoralis

Occurs throughout the Kimberley in eucalypt woodland but rare in the west Kimberley.  Nomadic.  Fairly common near Kununurra, Argyle Diamond Mine.

 

Black Honeyeater

Certhionyx niger

An arid honeyeater that is very nomadic.  Seen at Kalbarri, Wubin, Broome, Gunbarrel Highway, Canning Stock Route, near Ngumbin Jumpup.  A pair reported breeding at Dryandra State Forest.  Females often take charcoal from camp fires.  It often has a high display flight.

 

Pied Honeyeater

Certhionyx variegatus

An arid honeyeater that is very nomadic.  Seen at Kalbarri, Wubin, Broome, Canning Stock Route, Gunbarrel Highway, Carnarvon.

 

Dusky Honeyeater

Myzomela obscura

Not officially on the WA list but expected sometime.  Possible reported near Kununurra.

 

Red-headed Honeyeater (photographs)

Myzomela erythrocephala

Fairly common at Quarry Beach, Barred Creek near Broome.  Seen near Kimberley Coastal Camp.

 

Crimson Chat

Epthianura tricolor

Seen at Nallan Station, Millstream Chichester, Broome, Anna Plains Station, Argyle Diamond Mine, Carbla Bore, south of Payne's Find, Gibson Desert, Gunbarrel Highway.

 

Orange Chat

Epthianura aurifrons

Common at Cargill Saltworks near Port Hedland.  Seen at Carbla Bore, Lake Eda, Lake Austin near Cue, Lake Annean near Meekatharra.  Reported at New Beach, Hamelin Pool.

 

Yellow Chat

Epthianura crocea

Very common on the shores of Lake Argyle and along the upper Ord River, but apparently absent during 1998.  Fairly common at Parry Lagoons.  Reported at Lake Eda, Camballin and near Kununurra.  A few seen at Kidney Bean Lagoon near Broome where up to 1,000 have been reported in 1998/1999.

 

White-fronted Chat (photograph)

Epthianura albifrons

Widespread in the south and south west.  Common near Lake McLarty, Rottnest Island, WA Water Ski Park.  Seen at Alfred Cove, Adenia Road Lagoon, Mandurah Harbour, Hyden, Eyre Bird Observatory.

 

Gibberbird

Ashbyia lovensis

Only one WA record of a dead bird.

 

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