Key plants used by Australian birds:
Aboriginal names: "bilaarr/belah/belar" [gamilaraay], "muurrgu/murrgu" [yuwaalaraay], "bruck-bruck", "kullindi", "narang", "nyerri", "queeda"
The Belah (Belar), or "She-oak", is one species in a whole family of trees/shrubs called "Casuarina" or "Casuarinaceae". Casuarinas are usually found in open forest or scrub. Most species of casuarinas are dioecious, i.e. there are male and female plants, which look different. Casuarinas are important sources of nectar for various species of honeyeaters. Glossy Black-Cockatoos have a preference for casuarina seeds.
Note that the name of "Oak" is a misnomer.
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.
Casuarinas lining a creek at Warrumbungle NP
Small stand of casuarinas (in front of some eucalypts)
Female Glossy Black Cockatoo
cracking open a casuarina seed cone
[Near Narrabri, NSW, October 2006]
Finches do not have the power to crack casuarina seeds as Glossy Black-Cockatoos would do - they
must wait until the seed cones open up by themselves to release the
[Old Quipolly Dam, Qurindi, NSW, May 2013]
This is not necessarily a complete list. We collate here various ways in which birds can use various types of plant.