The very first Eungella Bird Week and Bushwalking Festival is almost upon us!
Nestled in the hinterland of central of Queensland, just outside Mackay, Eungella is the longest stretch of tropical rainforest in Australia. It supports almost 900 species of plants and a spectacular array of wildlife, including 227 recorded bird species.
Here are just 6 you might spy during Engella Bird Week, which kicks off late September. (You can check out a full list here)
1. Wompoo Fruit Dove
These large colourful doves, with their piercing red eyes and vibrant plum, green and yellow plumage, are found across the north east coast of Australia. Despite their spectacular appearance, they can be easily missed, and you’ll need to watch out for them foraging in the upper canopy.
Their bubbly “wallock-a-woo”and “wom-poo” sounds give rise to their interesting name. As their name also suggests, they love fruit, and will often swallow large pieces whole.
2. Rufous Owl
These large tropical hawk owls are sparsely populated across northern Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. They’re recognisable by their large head, greenish yellow eyes and slow double hoot.
Mostly nocturnal, these owls are very territorial and will attack other owls who encroach in their space. They are generally not aggressive to humans.
3. Eungella Honeyeater
A true darling of the Eungella Rainforest, these rare honeyeaters are endemic to this region alone. Very curious and fast moving, they’ll happily come and investigate a bit of noise.
If you don’t spot them by their short black bill and whitish stipe below the eye, you’ll know their near from their distinct laughing whistle.
4. Buff Breasted Paradise Kingfisher
These rare beauties are isolated to the lowland rainforests of Cape York Peninsula and New Guinea.
They’re easily distinguishable by their azure blue wings and cap, golden cheeks and breast, black mask and white streamer tail. They live on invertebrates as well as small fish and lizards.
Editor’s Note: Buff Breasted Kingfishers are usually only spotted in the region during breeding season, from November to April. Thanks for the pick up Lindsay in QLD!
5. Red Browed Finch
These tiny ground feeders live in small flocks and love hanging out around grasslands and picnic tables.
You’ll recognise them by their grey breast plumage, olive green wings, striking red brow and beak and their piercing ‘che che che’ call. They’re fairly common along east coast of Australia.
6. Lewin’s Honeyeater
Distributed across the wetter parts of the east coast of Australia, these shy honeyeaters are known for their dark olive plumage, stout bill and long vibrating “brrrrrrp” call.
They usually fly solo, but can form loose flocks of up to 10. They feed mainly on fruits, but are also partial to nectar and small insects.
See you at Bird Week!
Eungella Bird Week and Bushwalking Festival caters for serious birdos wanting to add to their list, right through to first time bird watchers and bushwalkers wanting to know a little more about these amazing creatures and their habitats.
The week is packed with guided walks through the spectacular Eungella rainforest, expert presentations, artist workshops, local markets and plenty of opportunity to relax and explore the area. Find out more and secure your spot here.
25 September – 1 October 2017
Eungella Bird Week & Bushwalking Festival
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