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Showing Phylum Chordata between Cairns and Cape Tribulation

Phylum Chordata

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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Bar-shouldered dove

Bar-shouldered dove
Geopelia humeralis

Bar-shouldered doves are native to Australia and New Guinea and can grow to up to 30cm.

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Barred mudskipper

Barred mudskipper
Periophthalmus argentilineatus

Fascinating, amphibious fish, that can skip across the water to avoid predation, and spends most of its life on land.

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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 bittern

Black bittern
Ixobrychus flavicollis

Up to 58cm in length, this is a large bittern, found in wetland areas.

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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-necked stork

Black-necked stork
Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus

Often known as the Jabiru, the Black-necked Stork is a truly impressive bird of wetland habitats.

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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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Dugong

Dugong
Dugong dugon

Also known as Sea cows, Dugong are the only mammals in the ocean that are strictly herbivorous.

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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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Eastern Water Dragon

Eastern Water Dragon
Intellagama lesueurii

Also know as the `Australian Water Dragon`, Eastern Water Dragons are excellent swimmers and climbers.

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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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Goulds bronze cuckoo
Chrysococcyx minutillus

Native to north-eastern Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea lowland tropical moist rainforests.

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Graceful honeyeater

Graceful honeyeater
Meliphaga gracilis

Very difficult to distinguish from the Yellow-spot honeyeater and the Lewin's Honey Eater, however can be identified by the call.

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Great-billed heron

Great-billed heron
Ardea sumatrana

Australias largest heron, it hunts its prey in shallow water.

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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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Green Tree Snake

Green Tree Snake
Dendrelaphis punctulatus

A common, attractive, and harmless snake common in the wet tropics of northern Queensland.

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Grey Fantail

Grey fantail
Rhipidura albiscapa

A small insectivorous bird of the "old world" passerine order.

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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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Lace Monitor

Lace Monitor
Varanus varius

One of the Monitors often refereed to as "Goanna", they can grow to over 2m and are often seen foraging for food.

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 Laughing kookaburra

Laughing kookaburra
Dacelo novaeguineae

An iconic Australian bird with the one of the most distinctive calls of any Australian bird.

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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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Juvenile Maori Wrasse

Maori Wrasse
Cheilinus undulatus

Often also called Humphead Wrasse or Napolean Wrasse, this is the largest fish of the family Labridae, and males can grow up to 2 metres in length.

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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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Nankeen night heron

Nankeen night heron
Nycticorax caledonicus

Also known as the Rufous Night Heron, this is a medium sized heron that is mostly nocturnal.

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Northern brown bandicoot

Northern brown bandicoot
Isoodon macrourus

If you are outside at night, especially in open grassy areas, you are likely to encounter this critter.

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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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Radjah shelduck

Radjah shelduck
Tadorna radjah

Also known as the Black-backed Shelduck or the Burdekin Duck, this is a strikingly coloured black and white duck with green bands on the top of the wings that can be seen from above when in flight.

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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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Baby Saltwater Crocodiles

Saltwater Crocodile
Crocodylus porosus

North Queenslands iconic apex predator, this is why you don't swim in the rivers up here.

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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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Spangled drongo

Spangled drongo
Dicrurus bracteatus

The only Australian Drongo, it can be easily identified by its forked tale and glossy black plumage.

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Spectacled flying fox

Spectacled flying fox
Pteropus conspicillatus

These cute yet noisy flying mammals are a common sight, in huge numbers along the Daintree River.

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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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Immature White-bellied sea eagle

White-bellied sea eagle
Haliaeetus leucogaster

A large, distinctive raptor with a white head, body and wings and grey upperparts.

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White-browed crake

White-browed crake
Amaurornis cinerea

A small (15-20cm) ground dwelling bird in the Rail (Rallidae) family.

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White-lipped tree frog

White-lipped tree frog
Litoria infrafrenata

An icon of the Daintree Rainforest, the White-lipped tree frog is the largest tree frog in the world.

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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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