Bird Watching

Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park is home to a number of bird species only found in this area of Australia.

The eclectus parrot (Eclectus roratus macgillivrayi) is unusual due to the complete differentiation in the colourful plumage of the males and females.  Located only in the Iron and McIlwraith Ranges between the Pascoe and Rocky Rivers, this beautiful bird is a must see for serious bird watchers.

The Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) is known by a number of names:  Goliath Cockatoo, Great Black Cockatoo and Goliath Aratoo.  It is a large, predominantly black cockatoo with distinctive red patches on its cheeks.

The Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) is known for its elaborate courtship displays in which the male fully extends his wings, raises his tail and swings his head side to side to show off his metallic blue-green breast shield.

Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park is also home to an isolated population of Southern Cassowaries as well as populations of Lovely Fairywrens, Silver-crowned Friarbirds, Yellow, Yellow-spotted, White-streaked and Banded Honeyeaters, and White-browed Robins.

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