The Dark Knight
With their cocky ways and their resourcefulness, there is much to admire about crows and ravens – except when these same personality traits make them infuriating neighbours.
They show great ingenuity when it comes to feeding and nest building. For example, Little Ravens have been sprung pulling the rubber strips right out of car windscreen wipers to line their nest.
It Ain’t Black and White with this Buddy
Grey Butcherbirds,much like Ravens, are meat-loving birds that aren’t afraid to come near to our homes and gardens. In fact, our backyards are often a treasure trove for these buddies that eat insects, beetles, caterpillars, mice, lizards, skinks and other small buddies.
Avoid using pesticides or chemicals in your garden, as you could unwittingly poison a helpful predator like the Grey Butcherbird.
Have a Laugh with a Kookaburra in Your Backyard
The Laughing Kookaburra is one of the most well-loved birds of our suburbs. Look out for them on fences, trees and rooftops. Laughing Kookaburras are easily recognized by their ‘Koo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-haa-haa-haa-haa’ call which sounds like a cackling laugh.
There are two kinds of Kookaburras in Australia, the Laughing Kookaburra and the Blue Winged Kookaburra, whichhas a distinctive silver-blue line on its wings.
Enjoy Life with a Pair of Resident Magpie-larks
The Magpie-lark is a common bird with many different names. It is also called a Peewee, Peewit, Mudlark or Little Magpie. Its name Magpie-lark is also confusing because it is neither a Magpie nor a Lark. It is more closely related to Monarchs, Fantails and Drongos.
Whatever you call them, they’re pretty adaptable and they’ll live just about anywhere. As long as there is open space for them to look for their food, and the occasional bit of water for them to make their mud nests, they’re happy.
Enjoy the Antics of Cluey Australian Magpies Near You
Australian Magpies enjoy living in suburbs where there are trees and adjacent open areas such as lawns, golf courses and playing fields. For most of the year, Magpies are friendly and sociable, and may even venture into your house to beg for food! But for four to six weeks a year during August to September, the male Magpie will defend his home vigorously.
Masked Lapwing (Plover)
The Masked Avenger
An eerie call can be heard flying through the air at night as you try to sleep—“kekekekekekekek”. No it’s not a ghost—it’s the Masked Lapwing, who you might know as a plover.
If these birds aren’t making scary noises during the night, you might also recognise them as the slightly over-protective troublemakers who tried to chase you out of the park one time.
Noisy Neighbours Can Be Useful
If you live in eastern Australia, chances are you're pretty familiar with this little troublemaker, the Noisy Miner. These birds can be raucous neighbours, but also helpful in your garden if they're given the chance.
You don't have to go far to find this backyard buddy. In fact, if you live in a suburban area, there's every chance that you have some outside right now.
Local Butcher with the Voice of an Angel
A beautiful song of clear, loud whistling notes rises from the still morning air. You look around, and find a black and white bird on your television aerial. Or maybe you can't spot it at all because the singer is hidden away high in the treetops.
Found across most of Australia, except Tasmania and southern Victoria, there’s a good chance of finding this interesting bird in your own backyard.
All about an Excellent Singer – the Pied Currawong
If you have heard a black and white bird calling ‘curra-wong, curra-wong’ around your place, then you have just identified the Pied Currawong. This call is where the bird gets its name from.
Pied Currawongs love hanging out in the suburbs in eastern Australia. You cannot miss them.
Currawongs will walk along the rails of your veranda, perch on your clothesline or sing from the telegraph pole outside your home.
Invite Rainbow Lorikeets to clown around in your backyard
What's that flash of colourful feathers, ducking and weaving through the trees and shrubs in your backyard? It's a Rainbow Lorikeet, and the playful games and bright multicoloured feathers of these parrots make them the 'clowns of the bird world'.
Imagine your tongue is like a bristle brush – the Rainbow Lorikeet's is. Unlike many other parrots, it doesn't eat seeds (in fact, these can be bad for lorikeets). Instead, it uses its bristle brush tongue to get sweet gooey nectar and pollen from deep within native flowers. Like a young child with a messy ice-cream cone, lorikeets get the nectar and pollen all over their heads!