Key plants used by Australian birds:
Aboriginal names: "baan" [gamilaraay, yuwaalaraay, yuwaalayaay], "almurta", "bambil", "binyara", "coolbunna"
Mistletoes are two genera of parasitic plants that host on a variety of other Australian plants. They are propagated by the Mistletoebird. Although propagated by only one bird species, mistletoes play an important part in the lives of many other bird species as a valuable source of nectar and, for some, also nesting space.
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.
This eucalypt tree was obviously the favourite of the local Mistletoebirds
Clump of Mistletoe with budding flowers
Close-up view of the flowers of a Mistletoe hosting on a eucalypt tree
Flowering Mistletoe hosting on a casuarina
Close-up view of a flowers of Mistletoe hosting on a casuarina
Example of a species having a preference for Mistletoe in
[Near Narrabri, NSW, February 2008]
Close-up frontal view of a male Mistletoebird
[Eulah Creek, NSW, January 2019]
Frontal view of a female
collecting nesting material
[Eulah Creek, NSW, November 2012]
Dusky Woodswallow nest on top of the base of a clump of
(photo courtesy of
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2021]
This is not necessarily a complete list. We collate here various ways in which birds can use various types of plant.