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Birds from Oceania - photos


Due to this region's isolation by ocean and sea, many mammals from larger continents were not able to migrate to this part of the world. However, birds ability to fly has seen them establish and adapt in large numbers. Over time, many of these birds adaptations made them unique when compared to other parts of the world and even within Oceania itself. Both Australia and New Zealand are renown for their bird species. Read more

Cockatoo - Australia

Cockatoo photos

Kaka - New Zealand

New Zealand Kaka photos

Lorikeet - Australia

Lorikeet photos

Kea - New Zealand

New Zealand Kea photos

Rosella - Australia

Rosella photos

Takahe - New Zealand

New Zealand Takahe photos

Cassowary - Australia

Cassowary photos

Kokako - New Zealand

New Zealand Kokako photos

Kookaburra - Australia

Kookaburra photos

Tui - New Zealand

New Zealand Tui photos

Raven - Australia

Raven photos

Weka - New Zealand

New Zealand Weka photos

Magpie - Australia

Magpie photos

Kiwi - New Zealand

Kiwi photos

Pied Currawong - Australia

Pied Currawong photos

Kereru - New Zealand

New Zealand kereru photos

Ibis - Australia

Ibis photos

New Zealand Robin - New Zealand

New Zealand Robin photos

Parrots - Australia

Parrot photos

Herons - New Zealand

New Zealand Heron photos

Water Birds - Australia

Australian Water Bird photos

More Birds - Australia

More Australian Birds photos

In New Zealand, around a third of the birds became flightless due to the lack of mammals and other preditors. But since the arrival of man, mammals brought to New Zealand quickly established themselves in this new land and ravaged the endemic bird life.

In Australia, bird species are varied and range in size from smaller species to the second and third largest birds on earth, the emu and the cassowary. Australia is also famous for bird species that sport a colourful plumage including a wide range of parrots.

The smaller islands of the South Pacific have much fewer birds, but still host a number of unique and rare bird species.

Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual Oceania)


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