WA Birds 21. House Sparrow to Mistletoebird

 

House Sparrow (introduced)

Passer domesticus

Rare in WA.  A few are found from time to time (Wanneroo in 199?).  They are listed as vermin and any sightings must be reported to the Agriculture Protection Board (08 9368 3275).

 

Zebra Finch (photograph)

Taeniopygia guttata

Very common and widespread in the Kimberley, the interior and areas such as Carnarvon and Denham.

 

Double-barred Finch

Taeniopygia bichenovii

Very common near water in the Kimberley.  Seen at Broome, Derby, Windjana Gorge, Geikie Gorge, Fitzroy Crossing, Argyle Diamond Mine, Kununurra and Wyndham.

 

Long-tailed Finch

Poephila acuticauda

Common in the Kimberley.  Seen at Broome, Derby, Windjana Gorge, Geikie Gorge, Fitzroy Crossing, Argyle Diamond Mine, Kununurra and Wyndham.

 

Masked Finch

Poephila personata

Common in the north and east Kimberley.  Rare in the west Kimberley.  Seen at Kununurra, Wyndham and Argyle Diamond Mine.

 

Crimson Finch (photograph)

Neochmia phaeton

Common near water in the Kimberley especially where there is pandanus.  Seen at Kununurra, Wyndham, Argyle Diamond Mine and Geikie Gorge.

 

Star Finch

Neochmia ruficauda

Separate populations in the Kimberley and the Pilbara.  Common in Kununurra and at Parry Lagoons. Seen at Paraburdoo, Carnarvon and Millstream Chichester.

 

Red-browed Finch (introduced)

Neochmia temporalis

There is a small feral population in the Darling Range at Piesse Brook near Kalamunda.

 

Red-eared Firetail (photograph)

Stagnopleura oculata

Endemic.  The best sites are the Tree in the Rock car park in the Porongorups, and Lake Seppings west of Albany.  They are often seen at the information centre at the Cape Naturaliste lighthouse where they come in to the bird bath.  Other good sites are Wungong Gorge, Bickley Brook, Little Beach car park at Two People's Bay near Albany, Albany port, Woody Island and Lake Monjingup at Esperance.  Also seen along southern shore of Oyster Harbour near Albany and Nanga Mill camp along the Murray River.  Most easily located by its call.  Responds to an imitation of its call, but often does not approach.

 

Painted Finch

Emblema pictum

Common at Ngumbin Jumpup on the Great Northern Highway.  Usually found at the Mary River crossing including about 1,000 in early September 199?.  Seen a few times at Argyle Diamond Mine and Broome.  Seen in the Pilbara at Cargill Saltworks near Port Hedland, Millstream Chichester National Park and along the Great Northern Highway north of Carnarvon.

 

Yellow-rumped Mannikin

Lonchura flaviprymna

Fairly common in Kununurra.   Seen at Kingston Rest Station and Argyle Diamond Mine.

 

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

Lonchura castaneothorax

Common in the Kimberley in reed beds and rank grass.  Very common at Kununurra and Argyle Diamond Mine.  Fairly common at Derby and Broome.  Escapees have established small feral populations at several Perth lakes such as Herdsman Lake, Lake Gwelup and Bibra Lake.

 

Pictorella Mannikin

Heteromunia pectoralis

Widespread but uncommon in dry areas of the Kimberley.  Fairly common at the Argyle Diamond Mine, near Kununurra and near Wyndham.  Seen a few times at Broome and near Geikie Gorge.

 

Gouldian Finch

Erythrura gouldiae

Endangered species but fairly widespread.  Seen near Kununurra, Wyndham, Argyle Diamond Mine, northern Dampier Peninsula and at a cattle dam halfway between Willare Bridge and Fitzroy Crossing.

 

European Goldfinch (introduced)

Erythrura gouldiae

Uncommon but possibly increasing in Perth.  Seen at Robinson Reserve in Tuart Hill in April 2003.  Reported along the Swan River from Ashfield to Mt Lawley, and Lake Coogee.

 

Mistletoebird (photographs)

Dicaeum hirundinaceum

Occurs throughout WA.  Common in the Kimberley.  A summer visitor to Kings Park and Canning River wetlands in Perth.  Common at Wungong Gorge in autumn.  Common at Northam Weir in the peppercorn trees.

 

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