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Birds of Canberra's Backyards

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by Belladonna (subscribe)
Loves going out and about, drinking coffee, eating chocolate, and writing about her adventures!
Published May 2nd 2020
Birdwatching in your own backyard
Canberra is the Bush Capital. And because of that, Canberra is also home to an abundance of birdlife. You'll find them everywhere, in our parks, nature reserves, hills, mountains, rivers, lakes, ponds, forests, wetlands, woodlands, shopping centres, and in our own backyards.

Before the Coronavirus pandemic hit, I have to admit that I took our birds for granted. They were always there, in the background, flying around, and doing what birds do. The only time I really paid attention to them was magpie season in springtime when during walks and bike rides, Canberrans will have a very good chance of being attacked by swooping magpies.

Since lockdown, however, I have given more attention to the birds that visit my backyard. And what a lot of interesting birds we have! One morning, this spectacular bird visited.
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It's a yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, and even during my pre-pandemic ignorance, I had never seen this bird in my backyard before. According to the Canberra Ornithologists Group, these cockatoos can be commonly found in the forested areas (including pine forests) of Canberra. They breed over the summer months, with their numbers increasing from March to August, and they will also fly into nearby suburban areas for food sources.

The following birds can also be found in suburban backyards. Have you found any of these visiting your backyard recently?

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.
Very commonly seen in Canberra's suburbs and gardens. Abundant in autumn and winter.
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The Australian Magpie, one of our best known birds.

The Pied Currawong, which mainly inhabit the forests but who have adapted very well to suburban environments. I see lots of currawongs in our backyard.

The Australian Magpie-Lark.

The Crested Pigeon.

The gorgeous Rainbow Lorikeet.

The glorious Galah.

And sometimes we'll hear the Laughing Kookaburra.

This bird is also common in our gardens and suburbs: the Superb Fairy-Wren. I haven't seen one of these in my backyard in a long time, but I'm hoping I will one day!

There are plenty of other birds that have adapted to our suburbs and that may be regular visitors to your garden such as the Crimson Rosella, Willie Wagtail, Satin Bowerbird and of course, the ubiquitous Common Indian Myna. And if you live near a lake, river or wetland, you'll be lucky enough to also see all kinds of ducks as well as lapwings, egrets, herons, sandpipers, the Australian Ibis, the dusky moorhen and all kinds of water birds.

What kinds of birds can you see in your backyard?

To find out more about Canberra's birds, visit the excellent Canberra Ornithologists Group website here.

To find out how you can attract more Australian native birds to your backyard, check out these great gardening tips.

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