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Key plants used by Australian birds:
Grasstree (Xanthorrhoea [...])

Aboriginal names: "dhalan" [gamilaraay], "tanpara" [nganyaywana], "baaluk/balluk", "kalgal", "karwin", "kinbarro", "mundark", "timbarra"

Grasstrees (also called "Black Boys") are a family of slow-growing trees native to Australia. Their flowers have so many blossoms that large numbers of insects and birds can feed on them at the same time. This attracts species that tend to move around in flocks, such as e.g. Silvereyes.

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.


Huge (and thereby hundreds of years old) Grasstrees at Coolah Tops NP, NSW

Flowering Grasstree on the edge of the Pilliga scrub, NSW

Grasstrees in Kalbarri NP, WA

Silvereyes feeding on the blossoms of a Grasstree
[Watagans NP, NSW, June 2009]


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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