The paintings in this section show some birds that share the Woodlands with Swifties. All these birds are "threatened" and benefit when habitat is saved in the name of the Swift Parrot.
Some of the birds in these paintings may look a little strange and not exactly as they do in real life. That's because they were painted a long time ago. We see the world differently at different times, and this can be influenced by how much knowledge we have and the sorts of technology we have at our disposal, for example cameras and binoculars.
Binoculars are a great way to get a close-up look at birds in the wild. When you see a bird but you don't know what it's called, have a look at the pictures in a bird field guide or do a search on the Birds In Back Yards
website.To print out these images click on the large image and a separate page will appear.
These images were provided by the State Library of Victoria
which houses one of Australia's finest collections of natural history bird books.
Further InformationRegent Honeyeater
Lithograph from The Birds of Australia: in seven volumes
Published by the author, 1848.
This image is from the State Library of Victoria collection.
One of Australia’s rarest honeyeaters, the Regent Honeyeater has splendid yellow-and-black feathers. It also has some bare skin on its face, which looks a bit as though it is covered in warts, which led to it being called the Warty-faced Honeyeater in olden times. They are usually seen climbing among the leaves in the tops of gum trees, where they poke their beaks into flowers to drink the rich nectar, often hanging upside down to do it. They also eat insects plucked from the leaves or the bark, or caught after a brief chase through the air. This honeyeater was once common in south-eastern Australia, but its habitat has gradually disappeared, and with it, so has the Regent Honeyeater.
Birds that share the Woodlands with Swifties
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State Library of Victoria