Eungella Bird and Wildlife Week is happening again this September! Woohoo!
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. (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. Azure Kingfisher
These little beauties are some of the smallest and most dazzling kingfishers in Australia.
They’re easily distinguishable by their azure blue wings and cap, golden breast and white neck. Hanging out on waterways and wetlands, they live on invertebrates as well as small fish and lizards.
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.
Eungella Bird and Wildlife Week caters for serious birdos wanting to add to their list, right through to casual nature lovers wanting to know a little more about some amazing creatures and their habitats.
The week is packed with guided bird and wildlife watching in the spectacular Eungella rainforest, foodie experiences, documentary nights and plenty of opportunity to relax and explore the area.