Lorikeet and Apostlebird

rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow lorikeet takes flight

Rainbow Lorikeets are gorgeous but they are so common that I rarely post pictures of them here. I’m making an exception this time because we rarely see them from this angle and (full disclosure) because I just like the image.

I took it in Centenary Park, Charters Towers, on a day trip earlier this week. The flowering tree was full of lorikeets and there were plenty of Blue-faced Honeyeaters too, but the bird I was more excited to see was the Apostlebird, Struthidea cinerea. 

Apostlebirds are inland residents, common West of the Divide but not around Townsville or along the coast. My first encounter with them was beside the road at Belyando Crossing, halfway between Charters Towers and Clermont, and they were plentiful at Porcupine Gorge when I camped there a couple of years ago.

They are sociable birds, travelling in small groups like the apostles for whom they are named. They are one of only two Australian species in their family, Corcoracidae, Australian mud-nesters (see wikipedia for more about them).

Apostlebird on the nest

I noticed this nest when one adult flew in to relieve another on egg-warming duty. It was quite high in the tree so the image quality isn’t all I would like; if you want to see clearer photos, Birdway is only one click away.

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