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Key plants used by Australian birds:
Mangrove (Rhizophora [...])

Aboriginal names: "egaie" = Mangrove; "nandaloo" = Mangrove tree

The word "mangrove" is used for both the entire habitat of trees or shrubs that grow in saline coastal sediments in the tropics and subtropics and for the family of plants forming it. Mangrove wetlands are not only important habitats for a large number of aquatic waders, but also many species of nectar-eating birds. Our page on intertidal wetlands lists all bird species living in this type of habitat, while this page describes specifically the way mangrove plants are used by birds and which bird species use them.

Aquatic waders and large aquatic predators listed here will use mangrove for protection or will hunt for prey between the roots. Nectar-eating birds can either visit flowers for nectar or find insects.

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.


Mangrove swamp at Urunga Heads, NSW; the bird shown in the mudflat in front is a Black-necked Stork


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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