Barking Owl – barks like a dog or cries like a woman

Barking Owl – barks like a dog or cries like a woman

This descriptive name suggests that this owl barks like a dog. Indeed the sound of woof-woof that it makes is like a dog barking. Interestingly, The owl can also make a sound of a crying woman making this bird very vocal. In appearance, Barking Owl is a medium size bird with a heart-shaped face and…

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo – awesome and noisy pet

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo – awesome and noisy pet

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo is one of the largest of the many species of white cockatoos. It is a spectacular, clever bird that is super active, noisy and long-lived. They have white feathers and a nice, cheeky, yellow crest that hangs from the top of their head. The sexes look similar in size, but interestingly females…

Pheasant Coucal – unique medieval war cuckoo bird

Pheasant Coucal – unique medieval war cuckoo bird

Pheasant Coucal is a very unique bird with feathers looking like medieval armour or posture taken from a small dinosaur from the Cretaceous era. It has a long tail, short, rounded wings, a blackhead, neck and underbody with upper parts and wings reddish-brown with black and cream barring. Its black tail is barred orange. Sexes…

Royal Spoonbill – weird beak and lush feathers crest

Royal Spoonbill – weird beak and lush feathers crest

Royal Spoonbill, also known as the Black-Billed Spoonbill is a weird-looking bird with a spoon-like bill. The most distinctive feature of this bird is obviously its bill. However, another interesting thing is that spoonbills, during breeding season develop a lush crest of white features. The crest is up to 200 millimetres long and it sprouts…

Southern Cassowary – dangerous ancient bird

Southern Cassowary – dangerous ancient bird

Southern Cassowary, called also Australian Cassowary is an iconic bird that can be found in the tropical rainforest in Northern Australia. It is a large looking bird, with grey casque, and long, red wattle hanging from the neck. The feathers of the body are black, the head skin is blue, and the rear of the…

Australian Pelican – enormous bill and 13 litres pouch

Australian Pelican – enormous bill and 13 litres pouch

Australian Pelican is a big, waterbird and there are seven species of pelicans in the world. They are predominantly white with black along with primaries of the wings. The pale pink bill is enormous, even by the pelican standard. Males are larger than females.  They can be found throughout Australia. Normally, you find pelicans around…

Clever Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

Clever Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

The Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo is a very distinctive bird that we always enjoy watching in its natural inhabitant. Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo appearance The one feature that let you recognize it without a doubt is the scarlet or red panels underneath their tail especially visible in males. Females have yellow spots on the head, neck or…

Rainbow Bee-Eater – amazing acrobatic hunter that is born underground

Rainbow Bee-Eater – amazing acrobatic hunter that is born underground

Rainbow Bee-Eater is a tiny, colourful bird with a long curved bill and long tail. It has a golden crown and red eyes sitting on a black horizontal stripe. Rainbow Bee Eater eats bees, but also wasps, beetles, butterflies, and other small insects are on their diet. It is the only bee-eater in Australia. They…

Little Black Cormorant – an outstanding fisherman

Little Black Cormorant – an outstanding fisherman

The Little Black Cormorant is a small, slim, completely black cormorant with a green sheen to the back and a slender grey hooked bill. Little Black Cormorant habitat It likes freshwater wetlands but can be found on sheltered coastal waters. You rarely see it outside of water habitats. It is often seen resting on rocks,…

Magpie Goose – white and black emblem of Northern Australia

Magpie Goose – white and black emblem of Northern Australia

Magpie Goose loves Northern Australia.  The magpie goose has black and white plumage and long, brightly coloured legs. It is a big bird – 70–90 cm in size.  Male Geese have a large knob on the top of their head making them easily identifiable from females. Pairs of Magpie geese mate for life. Large, noisy…