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Australian bird habitats:

Description of habitat

Just by the way it is created, manicured grassland, in contrast to natural grassland, is a much poorer habitat for birds. Seed-propagating grass varieties are being suppressed at the expense of root-expanding species. This leaves no potential food source for seed-eaters and only plant- or insect-eating bird species will therefore come onto lawns and sport complexes. Some grubs can be found under the surface too.

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.


Large number of Purple Swamphens on a sports pitch

Spotted Bowerbird feeding on clover on a lawn

Galah feeding on buffalo grass

Willie Wagtails are one of only a few bird species that can find prey on a lawn
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2013]

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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