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Key plants used by Australian birds:
Wilga (Geijera parviflora)

Aboriginal names: "dhiil" [yuwaalaraay, yuwaalayaay]

Wilgas are a common tree species in inland Australia. Although not attracting birds with nectar (pollenation is done by insects), their fruit are taken by some bird species. The Wilga's significance lies in its dense foliage and drooping branches, which make it one of the best trees for birds to take cover in and under. Wilgas are particularly popular with male bowerbirds, who use them as cover for their bowers. Wilgas are usually found in scrub, but also as undergrowth of taller trees, e.g. under eucalypts in what is called sclerophyll woodland.

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.


Several small Wilga trees growing under a eucalypt

Spotted Bowerbird's bower under a Wilga tree
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2007]


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

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