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Key plants used by Australian birds:
Cypress pine (Callitris [...], Actinostrobus [...]))

Aboriginal names: "bindarreegah" = Native pine; "coolooli", "coorung-coorung", "gurraari" [gamilaraay] = Cypress pine
"dhani" [gamilaraay] = sap, resin

The name "Cypress pine" is in use in Australia for two genera of closely related conifers. The name cypress pine should probably only be used for genus Callitris. They are mostly found in the moderate to semi-arid parts of the continent and Tasmania. There are male and female trees. Germination is triggered by the scorching of cones in bushfires. Apart from attracting some bird species (e.g. the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo) with their seed cones, areas of dense cypress pine growth are popular hunting grounds for lots of insect-hunting bird species.

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.


Young (10-15 year-old) growth of female White Cypress Pine, Callitris glaucophylla, along a hill ridge with poor, rocky soil

Male White Cypress Pine, Callitris glaucophylla, shedding its pollen in a wind gust

Cones of a male White Cypress Pine, Callitris glaucophylla
[Eulah Creek, NSW, August 2023]

Close-up near-lateral view of a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo munching on a cone of a male White Cypress Pine, Callitris glaucophylla
[Eulah Creek, NSW, April 2022]

White-browed Babblers like to nest in White Cypress Pines


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
Shelter Vantage

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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