The Sub-Tropical Queensland region is internationally recognized as a major destination for birdwatchers from around the world.
Over half of Australia’s bird species are found here, including 12 species that are locally endemic to the rainforests in South East Queensland and of the Cairns and Tablelands region: Golden and Tooth-billed Bowerbirds, Victoria’s Riflebird, Bridled and Macleay’s Honeyeaters, Bower’s Shrike-thrush, Chowchilla, Pied Monarch, Mountain Thornbill, Fernwren, Atherton Scrubwren and Lesser Sooty Owl.
Within a 100 kms of Narrowleaf there are several different habitats that we regularly visit. They provide habitat for species such as Little Lorikeet, Fuscous, White-cheeked and Banded Honeyeaters, Crested Shrike-tit, Lovely Wren, Grey Butcherbird and button quails.
In the woodland south of Narrowleaf we find species such as Squatter Pigeon, Black-throated Finch, Pale-headed Rosella, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Red-backed Wren, Great Bowerbird, Grey-crowned Babbler, Apostlebird , Buff-breasted and Painted Button-quail and Barking Owl. Nearby – Bustard, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Spotted and Swamp Harriers and other raptors can be found.
The tropical rainforests are home to the local endemic bird species. In addition, Cassowary, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Blue-faced Finch, Red-necked Crake, White-eared Monarch, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, Wompoo, Topknot and White-headed Pigeons, Noisy Pitta, Grey-headed and Pale Yellow Robins are found here. The region also has a number of permanent and ephemeral wetlands which provide habitat for species such as Cotton and Green Pygmy-goose, Radjah Shelduck, Wandering and Plumed Whistling-ducks, Glossy Ibis, Comb-crested Jacana, White-browed, Baillon’s and Spotless Crakes, Black and Little Bittern and Black-necked Stork. During the cooler months we commonly see large mixed flocks of Sarus Cranes and Brolgas on arable land.
Australian Bustard Rufous Owl Black-necked Stork