The Birds of Bluegums


the birds of bluegums

We are so lucky to be located right in the foothills of Barrington Tops National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed area, near Chichester Dam. Our secluded location creates an idyllic habitat for a remarkable array of native birdlife. Explore the nearby trails at Jerusalem Creek and venture deep into the rainforest and be transported to a world where birdsong and the serenity of nature harmoniously blend.

When you arrive at your cabin get ready for a warm welcome from our feathered welcoming committee.  The birds of our secluded haven will often eagerly await your arrival depending on the time of day and the season and will be ready to greet you with their melodic songs and vibrant presence (some way cheekier than others).

As you explore the property, you will see King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas, their colourful plumage a feast for the eyes. Keep an eye out for the graceful flight of Sacred Kingfishers and the lively antics of Bower Birds, Red-browed finches, Easter Yellow Robins, Eastern Spinebills and Blue Fairy-wrens as they nest and thrive around Bluegums Cabins.

If luck is on your side, you may even catch a glimpse of the elusive and gorgeously coloured Regent Bower or the striking red-tailed cockatoo.

As the sun sets, prepare for a truly enchanting encounter. The Tawny Frogmouths emerge from their daytime slumber, their mysterious presence adding an air of intrigue to the night. Witness their distinctive forms perched in the trees (and at night on the fence posts), their presence a testament to the serenity and seclusion of our location.

Your stay at Bluegums Cabins promises to be an unforgettable journey into the world of wildlife. With our direct access to rainforest and National Parks, you will have the opportunity to connect with nature in its purest form. So, why wait? Book your stay with us now and let the symphony of birdlife serenade your soul as you discover the wonders that await you at Bluegums Cabins.

We would love to hear from you when you spot something not on this list. We would love your photos too and happy to credit you. Our email is

Whether you’re a seasoned birder or a curious beginner, our cabins provide a gateway to the captivating world of birds. Book your stay with us and embark on a birdwatching adventure you won’t soon forget. Let nature’s feathered wonders serenade you while you explore the diversity that thrives in our picturesque surroundings.

The birds spotted by us or our guests

  • Australasian Figbird
  • Australian Brush-turkey
  • Australian King-Parrot
  • Australian Magpie
  • Australian Wood Duck
  • Bar-shouldered Dove
  • Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
  • Black-faced Monarch
  • Brown Cuckoo-Dove
  • Brown Gerygone
  • Brown Quail
  • Brown Thornbill
  • Crested Pigeon
  • Crested Shrike-tit
  • Crimson Rosella
  • Eastern Spinebill
  • Eastern Whipbird
  • Eastern Yellow robin
  • Fan-tailed Cuckoo
  • Golden Whistler
  • Green Catbird
  • Grey Butcherbird
  • Grey Fantail
  • Grey Goshawk
  • Grey Shrike-thrush
  • Horsefield’s Bronze-Cuckoo
  • Jacky Winter
  • Laughing Kookaburra
  • Leaden Flycatcher
  • Lewin’s Honeyeater
  • Log runner
  • Masked Lapwing
  • Mistletoe bird
  • New Holland Honeyeater
  • Noisy Friarbird
  • Olive backed Oriole
  • Peaceful Dove
  • Pheasant Coucal
  • Pied Currawong
  • Rainbow Lorikeet
  • Red wattle bird
  • Red-browed Finch
  • Regent Bowerbird
  • Rose Robin
  • Rufous Fantail
  • Sacred Kingfisher
  • Satin Bowerbird
  • Silvereye
  • Small Corella
  • Spotted Pardalote
  • Superb Fairy-wren
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  • Tawny Frogmouth
  • Torresian Crow
  • Varied Triller
  • Wedge-tailed Eagle
  • Welcome Swallow
  • White faced Heron
  • White-bellied Sea-Eagle
  • White-browed Scrub wren
  • White-headed Pigeon
  • White-throated Treecreeper
  • Willie Wagtail
  • Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

Bird descriptions from Aussie Bird Count

For novices (like us) there are bird descriptions below and there are also bird guides in each cabin but we encourage you to download the Aussie Bird Count App which will work wherever you are and don’t forget to get involved in the Aussie Bird Count also each year in October.

Bird basics

  • Kookaburras: Known for their distinct laughter-like call, Kookaburras are iconic Australian birds. They belong to the kingfisher family and are renowned for their feeding habits, which include catching small vertebrates like lizards and snakes.
  • Honeyeaters: Australia is home to numerous species of honeyeaters. These birds have specialised beaks for feeding on nectar, and they play a crucial role in pollination. They are often vibrant in coloration and have melodic calls.
  • Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos: These large, majestic cockatoos are known for their striking appearance, with predominantly black feathers and a distinctive yellow patch on their tails. They have a powerful beak and can be seen flying in flocks, emitting loud, screeching calls.
  • King Parrots: Male King Parrots are stunning with their bright red plumage on the head and underparts, contrasting with green wings and back. Females have a more subdued green coloration. They are often found in forested areas, feeding on seeds, fruits, and blossoms.
  • Crimson Rosellas: These medium-sized parrots are known for their vibrant red, blue, and black plumage. They are often found in open forests and woodlands, feeding on seeds, fruits, and nectar. Their loud, melodious calls are a familiar sound in the Australian bush.
  • Kingfishers: Australia is home to several species of kingfishers, including the iconic Laughing Kookaburra. These birds are known for their vibrant plumage and their impressive hunting skills, catching fish and other small aquatic prey.
  • Bower Birds: Bower Birds are renowned for their unique courtship behaviour. The males build intricate and elaborate bowers, decorated with various objects like feathers, leaves, and even human-made items. They are known for their colourful plumage and intricate displays.
  • Wrens: Wrens are small, energetic birds found across Australia. They are known for their lively behaviour and beautiful songs. Several species of wrens inhabit different habitats, from dense forests to arid regions.
  • Robins: Australian robins are a diverse group of birds characterised by their vibrant colours. They often have red or orange chests and are found in a variety of habitats, including forests, woodlands, and scrublands.
  • Tawny Frogmouths: Although resembling owls, Tawny Frogmouths are not actually owls but belong to a separate family. They are nocturnal birds known for their camouflage and the frog-like shape of their mouths. They are usually found perched on branches during the day.
  • Regent Bowerbird: The Regent Bowerbird is a rare and striking bird. Males have black plumage with bright yellow highlights, while females are predominantly olive-green. They are known for their intricate bower constructions and their elaborate courtship displays.
  • Red-tailed Cockatoo: The Red-tailed Cockatoo is a large parrot with a predominantly white body and a distinctive red tail. They inhabit woodland and savannah regions and are known for their loud calls and strong beaks.

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