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Australian bird habitats: heath & heath birds

Description of habitat

Heath is low scrub growing on poor (sandy and/or acidic) soil, with low fertility. It is usually dominated by hardy plant species that can deal with such poor conditions. Coastal heath is usually dominated by salt-resistent plants.

Note that heath can also be found in alpine areas.

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

Patch of coastal heath amongst open scrub in the background at Munmorah SCA, NSW Central Coast

Slightly different type of coastal heath at Munmorah SCA, NSW Central Coast; this is the habitat in which we found Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters (see below)

Coastal heath at Royal NP, near Sydney, NSW

Coastal heath in blossom at Hat Head NP, NSW

Coastal heathland in southern WA (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Arpenteur NR, near Albany, WA, March 2018]

Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters in heathland at Munmorah SCA
[Munmorah SCA, NSW, July 2013]

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