Grey Fantail  

The Birds

of Scott Creek

Wedgetail Eagle

There are 132 species of birds recorded in the park.

Two of these, the Beautiful Firetail (Stagonopluera bella), and the Chestnut-rumped Heathwren (Hylacola pyrrhopygia) are endangered. 

There are a further seven species considered vulnerable, these are :

The Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus); the White Winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos); the Spotted Nightjar (Eurostopodus argus); the Crested Shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus); Jacky Winter (Microeca fascinans); the Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata) and the Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata).

There are a further two rare species:

the Shining Bronze-cuckoo (Chrysococcyx lucidus); and the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus).

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo feeding on wattle.  Photo : Tom Hands
Flocks of over fifty Yellow Tailed Black
Cockatoos can be seen in the park at
various times of the year.

Tawny frog mouth with chicks.  Photo : Tom Hands

Above : Tawny Frog Mouth with babies


There are also several species of uncommon birds:

the Collared Sparrow Hawk (Accipiter fasciatus), the Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera); the White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica); the Hardhead (Aythya australis); Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita); Grey Butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus); Austalian Hobby (Falco longipennis); Spotless Crake (Porzana tabuenis) and the White Browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis).

Our secretary, Don Reid, has prepared a full listing of the bird species in the park.

Don is one of several of our members who are involved in the long term study of birds, and to this end has undertaken bird banding at six sites in the park over the last twenty years (the next date for bird banding can be found in the latest Bandicoot Tails.)

And, as can be seen around the page, our members also pursue an interest in bird photography.

Doctor Scott Field and Professor Hugh Possingham has written an article about bird extinction in the Adelaide Hills which should concern most readers.

fantail in flight

Bee Eater : Photo Peter Charles

Two of the locals:

On the left :
a Rainbow Bee-eater

Photo : Peter Charles

On the right :
a young Mistletoe Bird

Photo : Peter Charles

Mistletoe bird nest

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