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Showing Class Aves between Cairns and Cape Tribulation

Class Aves

Australasian darter

Australasian darter
Anhinga novaehollandiae

Often also called a "Snake bird" due to its appearance when swimming, where its long neck protrudes from the water and looks like a snake.

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Male Australasian Figbird

Australasian Figbird
Sphecotheres vieilloti

Often just referred to as "Figbird", the Australasian Figbird is the only Figbird in Australia.

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Australasian swamphen

Australasian swamphen
Porphyrio melanotus

Previously considered a sub species of the Purple swamp hen but now recognised as its own species.

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Australian Koel

Australian koel
Eudynamys cyanocephalus

Previously considered a subspecies of the Asian koel, Australian koels are also known as Stormbirds or Rainbirds due to there propensity for singing more before rain.

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Azure Kingfisher

Azure Kingfisher
Ceyx azureus

A strikingly coloured kingfisher native to Eastern Australia and New Guinea

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Beach stone-curlew

Beach stone-curlew
Esacus magnirostris

Large ground dwelling bird that is becoming rare, especially south of Cairns.

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Black kite

Black kite
Milvus migrans

A common raptor, often seen between Cairns and Cape Tribulation, occasionally in flocks.

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Black-winged stilt

Black-winged stilt
Himantopus himantopus

A medium sized, black and white wader found in fresh and brackish wetlands and mangroves.

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Blue-winged kookaburra

Blue-winged kookaburra
Dacelo leachii

Slightly smaller than the Laughing kookaburra, the Blue-winged kookaburra is native to the rainforest areas of northern Australia and southern New Guinea.

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Brahminy kite

Brahminy kite
Haliastur indus

A distinctive bird of prey, with white head and breast, and red-brown wings and tail.

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Brown cuckoo-dove

Brown cuckoo-dove
Macropygia phasianella

Also known as the "brown pigeon", or "pheasant pigeon", Brown cuckoo-doves occur along the east coast and up into the tablelands, all the way from Cape York to the Victorian border.

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Bush stone-curlews

Bush stone-curlew
Burhinus grallarius

When you hear a scream at night, it is quite possibly just one of these interesting birds.

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Southern Cassowary

Cassowary (Southern)
Casuarius casuarius

Found only in far north Queensland and New Guinea, the Southern Cassowary is the second largest bird in the world (after the ostrich).

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Cattle Egret

Cattle egret
Bubulcus ibis

Often easy to spot, in paddocks with cattle on the side of the road, where they feed on insects.

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Double-eyed fig parrot

Double-eyed fig parrot
Cyclopsitta diophthalma

The Double-eyed fig parrot is the smallest parrot found in Australia.

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Eastern reef egret

Eastern reef egret
Egretta sacra

Interestingly, this species can either be white, or grey.

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Forest kingfisher

Forest kingfisher
Todiramphus macleayii

Found in along the coast between Cairns and Cape Tribulation, you will often spot these fishers, near a river close to the coast.

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Greater Crested Tern

Greater Crested Tern
Thalasseus bergii subsp. cristata

Greater Crested Terns can be seen in large colonies along the rocky coast and small islands between Cairns and Cape Tribulation

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Greater sand plover

Greater sand plover
Charadrius leschenaultii

This small wader can often be spotted along the intertidal areas between Cairn and Cape Tribulation hunting for food.

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Green oriole

Green oriole
Oriolus flavocinctus

A shy and inconspicuous bird found foraging for fruit in dense rainforest.

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Helmeted friarbird

Helmeted friarbird
Philemon buceroides yorki

Found along the east coast of Queensland, this varient of the Hemeted friarbird has a large knob on its bill as well as a bare grey facial skin and a red eye.

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Lewins honeyeater

Lewin`s honeyeater
Meliphaga lewinii

Preferring the wetter areas of eastern Australia, this small bird is often seen in the upper branches of trees, feeding on fruit and insects.

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Little Pied Cormorant

Little pied cormorant
Microcarbo melanoleucos

A communal bird that lives on the edges of swamps and rivers where it can feed.

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Lovely fairywren

Lovely fairywren
Malurus amabilis

Only occurring in north east Queensland and the Gulf country, the Lovely Fairywren is a lively little bird.

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Masked Lapwing Plover

Masked Lapwing Plover
Vanellus miles

Often maligned for their bold (and aggressively defensive) nesting habits, Lapwing Plovers are usually shy and harmless.

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Metallic starling

Metallic starling
Aplonis metallica

Often seen in large flocks, following fruiting trees, Metallic Starlings are a glossy black with a coloured purple-green "sheen" to the coat which gives them there common name.

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Mistletoebird

Mistletoebird
Dicaeum hirundinaceum

As its name suggests these active birds feed mainly on the berries of mistletoe plants (although it will catch insects to feed its young).

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Female sunbird

Olive-backed Sunbird
Cinnyris jugularis

Also known as the yellow-bellied sunbird, you will often find the nest of these beautiful birds in public places, like verandas and gazebos.

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Orange-footed scrubfowl

Orange-footed scrubfowl
Megapodius reinwardt

Building huge mounds for nests, these chicken sized megapodes are a regular sight between Cairns and Cape Tribulation.

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Pacific baza

Pacific baza
Aviceda subcristata

Also known as the Crested hawk, this is a small long-tailed hawk with a distinctive crest on its head.

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Pacific black duck

Pacific black duck
Anas superciliosa

A dark, dabbling, duck with growing up to 55-60cm in size.

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Papuan Frogmouth on its nest

Papuan frogmouth
Podargus papuensis

The longest of the frogmouths, the Papuan Frogmouth grows to around 53cm.

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Pheasant coucal

Pheasant coucal
Centropus phasianinus subs. melanurus

A large (up to 70cm) species of cuckoo that is found in far north Queensland and New Guinea's sub tropical moist lowland rainforest.

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Pied imperial pigeon

Pied imperial pigeon
Ducula bicolor

A large, attractive, mostly white pigeon that can be seen between Cairns and Cape Tribulation during the wet season.

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Pied oystercatcher

Pied oystercatcher
Haematopus longirostris

A commonly seen wading bird along the coast between Cairns and Cape Tribulation

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Rainbow bee-eater

Rainbow bee-eater
Merops ornatus

An aptly named and striking bird commonly seen around the Daintree Region

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Rainbow lorikeet

Rainbow lorikeet
Trichoglossus moluccanus

An unmistakable, brightly coloured parrot of the rainforest and woodland areas.

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Red-winged parrot

Red-winged parrot
Aprosmictus erythropterus

This parrot is found in grassland, savannah and woodland of northern and north-eatern Australia as well as New Guinea.

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Royal Spoonbill

Royal spoonbill
Platalea regia

Also known as the black-billed spoonbill, it is often encountered wading on intertidal flats using its wide bill to catch small fish, crabs and frogs.

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Forest kingfisher

Sacred kingfisher
Todiramphus sanctus

The Polynesians believed this medium sized kingfisher had power over the waves, hence the common name of Sacred kingfisher.

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Male shining flycatcher

Shining fly catcher
Myiagra alecto

The male shining flycatcher is a black, and shining, dark blue, whilst the female is brown with a white belly.

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Terek sandpiper

Terek sandpiper
Xenus cinereus

Named after the river where it was first spotted, near the Caspian Sea, this is a small migratory wader often seen in shallows around the coast.

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Varied triller

Varied triller
Lalage leucomela

A member of the cuckoo-shrike family, varied trillers a common in the Daintree Rainfores where they like the warm humid environment.

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Wedge-tailed eagle

Wedge-tailed eagle
Aquila audax

The largest bird of prey in Australia, Wedge-tailed eagles are a magnificent sight with an unmistakable "wedge shaped" tail.

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Wompoo fruit dove

Wompoo fruit dove
Ptilinopus magnificus

A large, spectacularly coloured fruit dove found in tropical north Queensland and into New Guinea.

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Yellow-spotted honeyeater

Yellow-spotted honeyeater
Meliphaga notata

Also known as the Lesser lewin, this olive-brown and grey bird is endemic to north Queensland.

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