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Australian bird habitats: alpine habitats & alpine birds

Aboriginal names: "omeo" = Mountains; "terama" = Mountain

Description of habitat

Without trying to be scientifically correct, we describe here as "alpine" habitats in mountain ranges, starting at 1500 m above sea level. At high altitudes, where temperatures tend to be lower than near sea level, plant growth is slower and less abundant. Also the breeding season will be shorter than at lower altitudes. This influences which bird species can establish themselves in such habitats.

Bird species found in this type of habitat or plant

This is not necessarily a complete list. We display here some examples of bird species found by us in this kind of habitat or plant. Hover your cursor on thumbnails to see names of species; click on thumbnail to go to the page describing the species.

Photos

Low shrubs flowering at an altitude of 1500 m in Mount Kaputar National Park, in the Great Dividing Range in NSW

White-eared Honeyeater in shrubs at an altitude of 1300 m
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, August 2013]

View of the back of a nosy Pied Currawong seen at an altitude of 1500 m
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, August 2007]

These pages are largely based on our own observations and those of our contributors. The structure of these bird pages is explained HERE. For more salient facts on any bird species please refer to a field guide.

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