2. Grey Fantail
Rhipidura albiscapa
This quaint little bird can be found in almost any bushland setting throughout the region as well as parks and gardens. Known for its rapid turning movements, squeaky, chattering call and inquisitive nature. See at Brisbane Forest Park, Karawatha, Tingalpa Reserve, Port of Brisbane, Anstead  etc etc

5. Purple Swamphen 
Porphyrio porphyrio
A very common species which prefer swamps, lakes and waterways with vegetated verges and reed beds where they nest. Can be found right across the Brisbane region in suitable habitat. Often call at night. see at Sandgate Lagoon, Eagleby wetlands, Sherwood Arboretum, Enoggera Dam, Lake Samsonvale etc
8. Tawny Frogmouth
Podargus strigoides
Curious nocturnal species that roost by day in dry eucalypts and many other habitats - will often be overlooked due to its camouflage pose whilst perched on a tree limb - call is a low oom oom oom - common throughout the greater Brisbane region and beyond, and a regular visitor to suburban gardens.
11. Australian Brush Turkey
Alectura lathami
Large megapode found in rainforest and more densely  vegetated areas including parks, reserves and gardens of the Brisbane region. Can be wary or become very used to humans and even build their mounds in suburban gardens. Common in suitable habitat including Mt Coot-tha, Indooroopilly, Corinda, Mt Cotton, Brisbane Forest Park, Gold Creek Road etc

13. Pale-headed Rosella
Platycercus adscitus
The most common Rosella species seen in the Brisbane region is the Pale-headed Rosella. These birds are widespread throughout the region and are often seen in pairs. A cautious species that rarely allow close approach and prefer the safety of trees. Reliably seen at the entry to the Gold Creek Reservoir at Brookfield often in fairly large group.
16. Australian Magpie
Cracticus tibicen
One of Australia’s best known birds and commonly found right throughout the Brisbane region in a wide variety of habitats. Perhaps best known for its sometimes aggressive behaviour towards humans when breeding and protecting its young. Very common and conspicuous species with striking black and white plumage and a wonderful melodious song. Can be found in virtually all suburbs in Brisbane.
 
1. Pied Butcherbird
Cracticus nigrogularis
A common and well known species found in virtually all suburbs in parks, gardens, golf courses and woodland areas. A beautiful songster. Can be aggressive when rearing young. prefers outer suburbs including Brookfield, Runcorn, Willawong, Albany Creek but can be found in virtually all suburbs.
4. Golden-headed Cisticola 
Cisticola exilis
This bird inhabits wet grasslands, swampy verges, reed-beds, pastures and rank herbage and is a common species. The male can be particularly prominent in the breeding season performing impressive song flights from tall grass stems. See at the Oxley Common, Eagleby Wetlands, Jimboomba, Boondall Wetlands, Wynnum North wader roost etc
7. Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Coracina novaehollandiae
Will be found in virtually all suburbs and surrounding areas, though often shy and difficult to approach closely. Inhabits many different habitats including gardens and parks. Striking grey and black plumage. Always at the Oxley Common at Rocklea and many other locations.
10. Channel-billed Cuckoo
Scythrops novaehollandiae
A migrant species, they arrive in Spring and stay till the end of Summer before returning to the islands north of Australia. A very large cuckoo, yet very shy and often hard to approach - their raucous call announces their presence. Reliable at Sherwood Forest Park, along the Brisbane river, Fig Tree Pocket but could be seen or heard flying overhead virtually anywhere in the Brisbane environs.
12. Australian Wood Duck
Chenonetta jubata
A very common and widespread species they can be found in all suburbs and locations where there is water such as dams, ponds, lakes, creeks and rivers, farms and will often raise young in the heart of suburbia. Often seen in pairs or small groups.
15. Pacific Black Duck
Anas superciliosa
Perhaps the most common of all the ducks and teals found in the Brisbane region, they are found on most ornamental lakes, dams and swamps as well as parks and reserves.. See at Botanical Gardens, Northpine Dam, Sherwood Arboretum, UQ University lagoon, Minnippi wetlands, Tinchi Tamba wetlands, etc etc


 
3. Magpie-lark
Grallina cyanoleuca
Widespread and very common bird of the Brisbane region and beyond. Has adapted to human habitation and found in most areas..  Often feeds on the ground and has a mellow and liquid call. Recorded from all suburbs and most habitats except for rainforests.
6. Crested Pigeon 
Ocyphaps lophotes
A species that has become increasingly common in urban areas like Brisbane, having historically been more a bird of inland and rural areas. A pretty bird, they can be found in parks, gardens and many other habitats often in pairs or sometimes in larger groups. See reliably at Eagleby, Archerfield Airport, Oxley Common, etc

9. Variegated Fairy-wren
Malurus lamberti
One of the three Fairy-wren varieties found in the Brisbane region - perhaps the least common of the three, but by no means scarce. Will often be found in the same area as the other species - they favour forest understory, roadside and garden thickets, heath and shubbery. Tend to be found less in suburban gardens than the Superb Fairy-wren. Found in many reserves throughout including Downfall Creek Reserve at Chermside, Oxley Common, Eagleby wetland centre area, Anstead Bushland Reserve, Tingalpa reserve, Karawatha and many other locations.

14 Willy Wagtail 
Rhipidura leucophrys
Quaint and well known species that can be found right throughout the Brisbane region in gardens, woodland, parks and parks.  Singly or in pairs they sing consistently both day and often at night as well. Constantly on the move, catching insects and wagging their tail - they often nest in suburban gardens.

17. Rainbow Lorikeet
Trichoglossus haematodus
Surely one of the worlds most brilliantly plumaged birds is the Rainbow Lorikeet - a common bird throughout the region, they congregate in large roosting flocks at night in various locations. A noisy
and gregarious bird that feed on native flowering plants. Night roosts throughout the city include Mains Road at Sunnybank where many hundreds come each night to roost. Visit and breed in gardens, parks and reserves right throughout the Brisbane region.


 

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Some birds found in the Greater Brisbane region and where to find them
On the following pages are a variety of bird species that are found in the Greater Brisbane region - most are common and should be found without too much problem, however some rarer and hard to get species are also included - there are many more of course - all images photographed by me.

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