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Key plants used by Australian birds:
River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis)

Aboriginal names: "carrickalinga" = Red Gum; "yarraan" = River Red Gum [gamilaraay]

River Red Gums are a particularly important species of eucalypt. They grow along watercourses over most of the Australian continent, including the semi-arid to arid interior. Especially in the centre they provide birds with valuable living spaces, including nesting space (such as e.g. hollows) and nectar as food source. Tapping into the subterranean waterflow of the watercourses they line, River Red Gums can survive for many years without the need for the river/creek where they stand to have surface water.

There are separate pages on other eucalypts and Swamp Mahogany.

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.

Photos

Massive, more than 500-year old River Red Gum at Orroroo, SA

Intertwined, stunted River Red Gums in a gully in an otherwise arid environment, on the southern boundaries of the Flinders Ranges, SA

Little Corellas and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos resting in the shade of a River Red Gum's foliage

Little Corella nesting hollow in a River Red Gum near Narrabri, NSW

Usage

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
space
Nest
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Shelter Vantage
point

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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