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Key plants used by Australian birds: Banksia [...]

Aboriginal names: "dhiinaa" [gamilaraay, yuwaalaraay, yuwaalayaay], "thiinaa" [gamilaraay], "pomera", "biara" [Torres Strait Islands]

Banksias are a genus of plant species. Their flowers produce large amounts of nectar, which makes them a major food source for various species of birds, including many honeyeaters. The scientific name, banksia, is also used as the common name. Banksias are usually found in (often coastal) scrub.

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

15-20 m high banksia trees at Wyrrabalong NP, NSW

Banksia shrub in Western Australia

Banksia shrub in Kalbarri NP, WA

Flower of a coastal banksia before opening its petals

Banksia flower at its prime, with nectar for birds to feed on

White-cheeked Honeyeater feeding on a banksia flower
[Myall Lakes NP, NSW, June 2009]

New Holland Honeyeater using a banksia as its vantage point
[Munmorah SCA, NSW, June 2009]

Usage

This is not necessarily a complete list. We collate here various ways in which birds can use various types of plant.

Perch Roost Shade Food Nectar Fruit Seed Prey Nest
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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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