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In the bush

The Australian “bush” includes tropical rainforests, open woodlands and arid scrubs. Land clearing and habitat loss has reduced bird numbers especially in the woodlands of the wheat belt. Isolation of remaining patches of bush stops spread of small birds and hinders migration of honeyeaters. Today the main story of the bush is the severe drought; bush birds and water birds leave for the coast, nesting birds struggle to feed their young and numbers are reducing.

Link to Cowra Woodland Bird Survey

Picture: The Nankeen Kestrel prefers open grasslands and farmlands. It is seen watching from its perch or hovering above its prey to dive on mice, small birds or lizards.

Colourful Crimson Rosellas prefer tall forest and rainforest but can adapt to open country too.Orange and Yellow varieties of this species are seen in southern Australia.

Colourful Crimson Rosellas prefer tall forest and rainforest but can adapt to open country too.Orange and Yellow varieties of this species are seen in southern Australia.

The Brown Thornbill uses dense and shrubby bush to provide food, shelter and safety. Bush clearing reduces numbers and endangers these and other small birds.

The Brown Thornbill uses dense and shrubby bush to provide food, shelter and safety. Bush clearing reduces numbers and endangers these and other small birds.

This Comb-crested Jacana trips lightly across lily-pads. They inhabit tropical swamps in northern coastal Australia and can be seen in northern NSW.

This Comb-crested Jacana trips lightly across lily-pads. They inhabit tropical swamps in northern coastal Australia and can be seen in northern NSW.

The Hooded Parrot is unique to the savannas of the Northern Territory. To nest they dig a 50 to 80 cm tunnel in a termite mound.

The Hooded Parrot is unique to the savannas of the Northern Territory. To nest they dig a 50 to 80 cm tunnel in a termite mound.

The White-throated Treecreeper is a woodland inhabitant. It pecks its way up trees searching for ants.

The White-throated Treecreeper is a woodland inhabitant. It pecks its way up trees searching for ants.

Eastern Yellow Robins live in woodland and rainforest, feeding on insects and spiders.

Eastern Yellow Robins live in woodland and rainforest, feeding on insects and spiders.

This beautiful male Australian King-Parrot also lives in the woodlands and rainforests of Australia’s east coast.

This beautiful male Australian King-Parrot also lives in the woodlands and rainforests of Australia’s east coast.

As you travel further inland into more arid country, Apostlebirds can be seen on the roadside in their family groups.

As you travel further inland into more arid country, Apostlebirds can be seen on the roadside in their family groups.

The Emu is common across Australia’s dry grasslands. At 1.5 to 1.9 metres tall it is Australia’s largest bird..

The Emu is common across Australia’s dry grasslands. At 1.5 to 1.9 metres tall it is Australia’s largest bird..