Brisbane Birds Are Colourful Critters


Brisbane birds are some of the most common and colorful Australian wildlife you'll see around the city. You will not only see them but also hear them, as our birds often have quite distinctive calls. Some might even call them harsh or annoying!

Part of visiting any place is seeing the birds and animals that live there. They add a touch of exotica to even the most ordinary spots, which Brisbane certainly isn't.

Brisbane Birds, bush turkey

© James Niland | Flickr.com - Australian Brush Turkey

Visitors are surprised to see the wild brush turkeys rooting around in the garden. One visitor told me that this was one bird they didn't expect to see in Brisbane, and were surprised when they saw one on almost their first day.

Brisbane is a city with a large area of green space with lush trees, which many species of birds have made their homes in. When visiting Brisbane, you will more than likely see birds in many places, as most live in the trees which the city has planted throughout the suburbs that surround the city.

The planting of many of the beautiful flowering native trees such as Grevilleas has become more popular in recent years. With the addition of these nectar producing trees in the parks and in the streets, the number of birds inhabiting the city has grown as well.

© Kristian Thergersen | Flickr.comGrevillea

© Jan Smith | Flickr.com - Rainbow Lorikeet in a Grevillea

Just like the pictures on our wildlife page, some of the images of the Brisbane birds came from the local wildlife parks. You'll find birds in the trees all around the countryside and on the coastal areas around Brisbane, but they're all native to the Brisbane area.

The next photo just below is of another of the Brisbane birds that you'll see all over the place, similar to the sparrows seen in the northern hemisphere. These birds have a quite distinctive look and they live in the Australian native trees around the city.

It is said to be a member of the honeyeater family, and it's called a 'noisy miner'. As you can see in the picture below, the noisy miner birds are grey with a black head, orange-yellow beak and feet, a quite characteristic yellow patch behind the eye and white tips on the tail feathers. The yellow coloring around its eyes gives it a goggle-eyed appearance, comically so in this picture.

The noisy miner, a common Brisbane bird

© Andrew Thomas | Flickr.com - Noisy Miner

Unfortunately we have also had an invasion of Indian miner birds. They look similar, but are a darker chocolate brown color, and are more aggressive and are causing issues for many native bird species.

One of the most common birds you'll see is the ibis. This image shows how tame, indeed pushy, ibis have become.

They are not scared of people as you can see when you look at the one in the photo. They happily strut around the city, like they own it and perhaps they did before modern man arrived, to share the land with them.

Brisbane Birds, white ibis

© Andrew Thomas | Flickr.com - Ibis Wandering around Brisbane City (Resized)

When you're eating outside, as you tend to do in Brisbane, you can be sure an ibis will soon be there to help you clear up. They seem to like clearing up any foodstuffs people leave behind, but don't feed them or they won't leave you alone.

In fact as you can see in the photo below, visitors are warned about this in places where they have become a problem.

© Brisbane WalkAbout | Superb Fairy Wren

© Brisbane WalkAbout | Don't Feed the Ibis

Noisy miner at Lone Pine Restaurant

© Brisbane WalkAbout | Noisy Miner

The photo of the miner bird above right was taken at Lone Pine koala sanctuary, and they also are inclined to be around where food is. I much prefer birds that mind their own business, like the lovely little blue wren on the left above.

Black and white magpies are some of the more common Brisbane birds too, and will be seen in local trees, especially in trees along the streets.

Brisbane City Council has for years had a policy of greening the suburbs, so this means there are lots of trees that they can make their home in, and you'll also see them outside town on field fence posts and trees.

© Lisa Hunt | Flickr.com - Australian Magpie

In the spring when they are hatching their young, they can be a little aggressive, and have a habit of attacking pushbike riders who ride under the trees their nests are in.

Bike riders who regularly ride in areas where they nest have added interesting straw-like pieces that stick out from their helmets to confuse the birds so they don't get attacked. Walkers also learn to be careful, and will usually cross the street to avoid them.

Many visitors mistake smaller Magpie Larks for Australian Magpies as they have similar colouring. Both birds forage on the ground and are often seen in the same areas, but they use different nesting materials.

The magpie has a solid black head and crown whereas the Magpie Lark has white stripes on a black background on the head.


Brisbane Birds, magpie

© Gail Hampshire | Flickr.com - Magpie Lark

Liz has an organic garden which attracts many birds and she often has a couple of magpies nesting in a tall street tree nearby. When she was digging up weeds and disturbing the soil, they would swoop down on her to get her to move, so they could bring their three chicks in to educate them on how to feed themselves.

She happily got out of their way to allow them to feed their young. Father magpie would sit on the fence keeping watch while the mother brought her three young chicks down into the garden.

Brisbane Birds Known the World Over!

One of the better-known birds living in and around Brisbane would be the Kookaburra.

© Tony Smith | Flickr.com - Kookaburra

Almost every child brought up in Australia would know the words to the iconic Australian Nursey Rhyme/Song written by written by Marion Sinclair in 1932.

Play the video below to hear the song!



Even if you don't see them at first, you will definitely hear them laughing in both the city and the areas nearby, so expect to be a little surprised at how much like the laugh of a person it sounds!



If you have a particular interest in Australian or Brisbane birds and animals, you may also want to view some of our other articles. Discover more about the creatures that you find going walkabout, or in the case of birds, fly about, in the Brisbane region.

Read more great information, and see pictures of the birds and animals that live in the south-east corner of Queensland, Australia.

If you are visiting the Gold Coast, take a look at the article on Lamington Park, which is located in the Gold Coast hinterland, as its a good place to visit when you're on the coast. Also, check out the pages with pictures of kangaroos, Pelicans or other wildlife in Queensland.

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