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Key plants used by Australian birds:
White Cedar (Melia azedarach)

White Cedars are decidious trees occurring naturally in the Great Dividing Range and in the north of the Australian continent. They are gaining more importance as a food source for birds, because they are used as decorative trees in large parts of Australia. Inland, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos have taken a liking not only to the trees' nut-like fruit, but also to chewing on the flowers to get to their (small quantity of) nectar. Usually the fruit are food for parrots of the hill ranges.

Note that the name of "Cedar" is a misnomer that probably derives from the species name, "azedarach".

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.


White Cedar tree in blossom

Later in the season White Cedar trees have dense, shady crowns

Male Australian King-Parrot shelling a nut of a White Cedar

Female Australian King-Parrot picking up White Cedar nuts under a tree
[20 km south of Narrabri, NSW, April 2006]

Female Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo going for the nectar in White Cedar flowers
[Brewarrina, NSW, September 2012]

White-plumed Honeyeater's nest in a White Cedar tree
[20 km south of Narrabri, NSW, 2005]


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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