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Beautiful Birds of the Adelaide Hills


The environs of Mount Lofty House and the Adelaide Hills in general are a rich natural area, home to beautiful scenery that includes an array of plant and animal life. One group of fauna that is noticeably abundant in the area is the birdlife. If you’re an avid ornithologist or budding bird-watcher, it’s worth making a trip to the Adelaide Hills to experience the offerings. Here is a list of the most unique, endemic or key bird species to the area, that you may get the privilege to spot if you happen to be patient, and in the right place at the right time!

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

A large bird with black plumage and yellow highlights, this is one of the six species of black cockatoo in Australia, and favours eucalypt woodland and pine plantations and has a typical squawking cockatoo call.

Adelaide Rosella

This colourful individual is very similar to the yellow and crimson rosellas, with vibrant greens, blues and oranges with black features. These birds favour eucalypt and wetter forests and their calls range from chattering to shrill screeches when alarmed.

Musk Lorikeet

A small but stocky green bird, mostly green with dashes of blue, red and yellow on the upper body. Although they prefer dry, open woodlands, they may be found in suburban parks, backyards and streets. This lorikeet has a harsh, rolling screech.

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

A small and slender bird with a brown, cream and grey body, steely blue-grey wings and a speckled tail. Their trilled calls can be heard in woodlands and forests.

Bassian Thrush

This secretive bird is mottled brown and cream with a longer tail. It prefers damper, densely forested areas, including gullies, with thick canopies and leaf litter.

Chestnut-rumped Heathwren

A cute, cocky-tailed little fellow, the Chestnut-rumped Heathwren mimics the calls of other birds, as well as using its own trilling, warbling and whistling song. They inhabit undergrowth in shrublands, and have a mottled chest, brown wings and a deep red spot on the base of the tail.

White-throated Treecreeper

This dark brown bird has a distinctive cream throat and chest. It inhabits forest areas including rainforests and woodlands, where its loud, piping call can be heard.

Red-browed Finch

An adorable grey and olive finch with a bright red beak, a short and high-pitched whistle and inhabits grassy areas with underbrush vegetation.

Plan a Stay at Mount Lofty House for Birdwatching

If you love watching birdlife, then plan a trip to the Adelaide Hills. Mount Lofty House can offer the perfect accommodation to relax, eat and drink while birdwatching to your heart’s content. Book a stay with us and enjoy the local wildlife today!

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