The most visible birds at our place in Parap is Bar-shouldered Dove
followed by Peaceful Dove, White-gaped Honeyeater, Figbird, Yellow
Oriole,Pied Imperial-pigeon, Helmeted Friarbird (in the wet season
mainly) and Orange-footed Scrubfowl.
The most numerous in order - Figbird, Rufous-banded Honeyeater,
White-gaped Honeyeater, Red-headed Honeyeater, Bar-shouldered Dove,
Peaceful Dove and Brown Honeyeater. In in the mid-late dry season
Double-barred Finches and Chestnut-breasted Mannikins (flocks of 100-200)
predominate. In the wet season Fork-tailed Swifts are common above
Parap, sometimes in their thousands.
The composition of birds in my garden has changed since I first moved
here in 1984. Then Silver-crowned Friarbird was the most common large
honeyeater and Brown and Rufous-banded the most common small birds. With
a somewhat warmer and wetter climate since those days my small patch of
relict monsoon forest has expanded hugely and the once small trees around
the elevated house are now in some cases giants, towering over the roof.
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