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Key plants used by Australian birds:
Mulga (Acacia aneura)

Aboriginal names: "malga" [yuwaalaraay, yuwaalayaay], "boonaroo", "kurku"

Mulga is one of the dominant shrubs/trees in the interior of the Australian continent. Mulga scrub

provides many species of birds with a place to live; although most plants in the acacia family (which includes wattles) use insects, rather than birds, for pollenation, these hardy shrubs and trees are important, because they often offer the only available cover in the semi-arid to arid interior of the continent.

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.


Example of Mulga scrub from Gundabooka NP, near Bourke, NSW; a dominant bird species in Mulga scrub is the Red-capped Robin

Mulga scrub by the side of a road in Outback SW QLD

Flowering mulga shrub/tree

Close-up view of a Mulga flower; as is typical for all wattles and acacias known to us, these flowers are pollenated by insects, not by birds


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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