novaehollandiae

April 7, 2015 - Australasian Grebe, Australian Grebe, Eastern Little Grebe, Australian Little Grebe, or Australasian Little Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae)

Requested by: taylorrbranham

These small diving birds are found throughout Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. Living around fresh water, they feed on small fish, aquatic invertebrates, amphibians, and plants. Unlike most swimming birds, the Australasian Grebe has the ability to control its own buoyancy by adjusting the angle of its waterproof feathers. This allows the grebe to sink like a submarine with only its head remaining above the water and to swim higher or lower at the surface. They are territorial and often live in solitary breeding pairs, or small groups. Like other grebes, they eat their own feathers, which helps protect their digestive system from the sharp fish bones they swallow.

#748 - Recurvirostra novaehollandiae - Red-necked Avocet

Also known as the Australian avocet, cobbler, cobbler’s awl, and painted lady. A wader of the family Recurvirostridae, and fairly common and widespread throughout to Australia, except for the north and north east coastal areas of the country. It used to be seen quite often in New Zealand, but not for the last century or so.

Red-necked avocets prefer saline water, but can tolerate anything from fresh to hypersaline. Salt-evaporation ponds, sewage works, and ephemeral ponds are all good habitats - in this case they were standing around in the lake, ignoring the Black-winged Stilts that were strolling through the flock. Breeding typically takes place at inland saltlakes, either directly on the ground or amongst low vegetation. They’re largely silent, but if disturbed make a yapping call, and flocks in flight sound like dogs barking.

Unlike other species of avocet, the red-necked avocet is not recorded as stirring mud with its bill. Instead they sweep the bill back-and-forth, whilst wading through the water, swimming, or even when the head is completely submerged. Alternatively, they peck at prey items, including brine shrimps, annelid worms, molluscs, aquatic insects, fish, seeds and vegetation.

Alcoa Wellard Wetlands, Perth

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#760 - Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae - Australian Silver Gull

One last species from the Wellard Wetlands, because it was amusing to watch a dozen birdwatchers swivel their binoculars towards a new arrival, and then go ‘oh’ when they realised it was just a Silver Gull.

Not to be confused with the Herring Gull of Europe, despite the similar appearance, and the shared common name in some languages. Probably THE most common bird around Australian cities, but mostly because our cities are almost all on the coast, and we produce so much edible waste that the Silver Gull population has exploded. It’s all across the continent anyway, and in New Zealand and New Caledonia too. They’ve twice been recorded in the US - in  Lake Ontario in 1947, and New Jersey, in 1996. Both are now thought to have been escapees, but I’m baffled that anybody would want to keep one in the first place.

It’s pretty much universally known as the seagull over here, and much smaller than other other two resident gulls - the Pacific and the Kelp. Quite an elegant white and grey bird, really - juveniles are mottled with brown.

Animals In Drayton Zoo

AFRICAN SPOTTED EAGLE OWL
Bubo africanus
BARN OWL
Tyto alba
BENGAL EAGLE OWL
Bubo bengalensis
BOOBOOK OWL
Ninox novaeseelandiae
DUCKS
Anas platyrhynchos
EAST AFRICAN CROWNED CRANE
Balearica regulorum gibbericeps
EURASIAN EAGLE OWL
Bubo bubo
GREAT GREY OWL
Strix nebulosa
GREAT HORNED OWL
Bubo virginianus
MILKY EAGLE OWL
Bubo lacteus
NORTHERN WHITE FACED SCOP OWL
Ptilopsis leucotis
SNOWY OWL
Bubo scandiacus
SPECTACLED OWL
Pulsatrix perspicillata
TAWNY EAGLE
Aquila rapax
TAWNY OWL
Strix aluco
BLACK LEOPARD
Panthera pardus
FISHING CAT
Prionailurus viverrinus
NORTHERN LYNX
Lynx
SCOTTISH WILDCAT
Felis silvestris grampia
SLENDER-TAILED MEERKAT
Suricata
SUMATRAN TIGER
Panthera tigris sumatrae
AFRICAN CRESTED PORCUPINE
Hystrix africaeustralis
CAPYBARA
Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris
CHILEAN FLAMINGO
Phoenicopterus chilensis
EMU
Dromaius novaehollandiae
GREATER RHEA
Rhea americana
GUINEA PIG
Cavia porcellus domestic
HOUSE MOUSE
Mus musculus
OSTRICH
Struthio camelus
RACCOON
Procyon lotor
RED KANGAROO
Macropus rufus
RED-NECKED WALLABY
Macropus rufogriseus
REINDEER
Rangifer tarandus
SOUTH AMERICAN TAPIR
Tapirus terrestris
ALEXANDRINE PARAKEET
Psittacula eupatria
BLUE AND GOLD MACAW
Ara Ararauna
COCKATIEL
Nymphicus hollandicus
COMMON CANARY
Serinus canaria
GALAH
Eolophus roseicapilla
GREEN WINGED MACAW
Ara chloroptera
LAUGHING DOVE
Streptopelia senegalensis
LAUGHING KOOKABURRA
Dacelo novaeguineae
MONK PARAKEET
Myiopsitta monachus
NEW GUINEA SULPHUR CRESTED COCKATOO
Cacatua galerita triton
PATAGONIAN CONURE
Cyanoliseus patagonus
RAINBOW LORIKEET
Trichoglossus haematodus
SCARLET MACAW
Ara macao
SRI LANKAN ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET
Psittacula krameri manillensis
SUPERB STARLING
Spreo superbus
WHITE CHEEKED GUINEA TURACO
Tauraco leucotis
WHITE COCKATOO
Cacatua alba
ZEBRA FINCH
Taeniopygia guttata
BLACK-HEADED SPIDER MONKEY
Ateles fusciceps robustus
CHIMPANZEE
Pan troglodytes
COMMON MARMOSET
Callthrix jacchus
COTTON TOP TAMARIN
Saguinus oedipus
LAR GIBBON
Hylobates lar
RED HANDED TAMARIN
Saguinus midas
RHESUS MACAQUE
Macaca mulatta
RING-TAILED LEMUR
Lemur catta
SOUTHERN PIGTAILED MACAQUE
Macaca nemestrina
WHITE LIPPED TAMARIN
Saguinus labiatus
AFRICAN PANCAKE TORTOISE
Malacochersus tornieri
AFRICAN PLATED LIZARD
Gerrhosaurus validus
ASIAN BROWN TORTOISE
Manouria emys emys
AXOLOTL
Ambystoma mexicanum
BALKAN GREEN LIZARD
Lacerta trilineata
BEARDED DRAGON
Pogona vitticeps
BELL’S HINGEBACK TORTOISE
Kinixys belliana
COMMON KINGSNAKE
Lampropeltis getula
CORNSNAKE
Pantherophis guttatus
CUBAN BOA
Epicrates angulifer
DUMERIL’S GROUND BOA
Acrantophis dumerili
DWARF WEST AFRICAN CROCODILE
Osteolaemus tetraspis
EAST AFRICAN BLACK MUD TURTLE
Pelusios subniger
EMPEROR SCORPION
Pandinus imperator
GIANT AFRICAN MILLIPEDE
Archispirostreptus gigas
GREEN ANACONDA
Eunectes murinus gigas
HERMANN’S TORTOISE
Testudo hermanni
JAMAICAN BOA
Epicrates subflavus
JAPANESE RATSNAKE
Elaphe climacophora
LEOPARD GECKO
Eublepharis macularius
LOGGERHEAD MUSK TURTLE
Sternotherus minor
MADAGASCAN HISSING COCKROACHES
Gromphadorhina portentosa
MADAGASCAN TREE BOA
Sanzinia madagascariensis
MEDITERRANEAN SPUR-THIGHED TORTOISE
Testudo graeca graeca
NILE MONITOR
Varanus niloticus
ORIENTAL FIRE-BELLIED NEWT
Cynops orientalis
PLECO SUCKER FISH
Paraphyletic
PREHENSILE TAILED SKINK
Corucia zebrata
RED-FOOTED TORTOISE
Chelonoidis carbonaria
REEVE’S TERRAPIN
Mauremys reevesii
RHINOCEROS IGUANA
Cyclura cornuta
ROYAL PYTHON
Python regius
SAVU ISLAND PYTHON
Liasis mackloti savuensis
SOUTH EAST ASIAN BOX TURTLE
Cuora amboinensis
SPINY TAILED LIZARD
Uromastyx geyri
STICK INSECT
Phasmatodoa
TAIWAN BEAUTY SNAKE
Elaphe taeniura
THREE-TOED BOX TURTLE
Terrapene Carolina triunguis
African Spotted Eagle Owl
Barn Owl
Bengal Eagle Owl
Boobook Owl
Ducks
East African Crowned Crane
Eurasian Eagle Owl
Great Grey Owl
Great Horned Owl
Milky Eagle Owl
Northern White Faced Scop Owl
Snowy Owl
Spectacled Owl
Tawny Eagle
Tawny Owl
Black Leopard
Fishing Cat
Northern Lynx
Scottish Wildcat
Slender-tailed Meerkat
Sumatran Tiger
African Crested Porcupine
Capybara
Chilean Flamingo
Emu
Greater Rhea
Guinea Pig
House Mouse
Ostrich
Raccoon
Red Kangaroo
Red-necked Wallaby
Reindeer
South American Tapir
Alexandrine Parakeet
Blue and Gold Macaw
Cockatiel
Common Canary
Galah
Green Winged Macaw
Laughing Dove
Laughing Kookaburra
Monk Parakeet
New Guinea Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Patagonian Conure
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scarlet Macaw
Sri Lankan Rose-Ringed Parakeet
Superb Starling
White Cheeked Guinea Turaco
White Cockatoo
Zebra Finch
Black-headed Spider Monkey
Chimpanzee
Common Marmoset
Cotton Top Tamarin
Lar Gibbon
Red Handed Tamarin
Rhesus Macaque
Ring-tailed Lemur
Southern Pigtailed Macaque
White Lipped Tamarin
African Pancake Tortoise
African Plated Lizard
Asian Brown Tortoise
Axolotl
Balkan Green Lizard
Bearded Dragon
Bell’s Hingeback Tortoise
Common Kingsnake
Cornsnake
Cuban Boa
Dumeril’s Ground Boa
Dwarf West African Crocodile
East African Black Mud Turtle
Emperor Scorpion
Giant African Millipede
Green Anaconda
Hermann’s Tortoise
Jamaican Boa
Japanese Ratsnake
Leopard Gecko
Loggerhead Musk Turtle
Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches
Madagascan Tree Boa
Mediterranean Spur-thighed Tortoise
Nile Monitor
Oriental Fire-Bellied Newt
Pleco Sucker Fish
Prehensile Tailed Skink
Red-Footed Tortoise
Reeve’s Terrapin
Rhinoceros Iguana
Royal Python
Savu Island Python
South East Asian Box Turtle
Spiny Tailed Lizard
Stick Insect
Taiwan Beauty Snake