Birds of Australia
It's a Big Country With a Big List of Birds
There are an estimated 830 plus types of birds in Australia with roughly 45% of these endemic; that is they are no-where else in the world.
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Water Birds are those that frequent any body of water; either sea water and inland fresh water or sometimes both.
Shore Birds are found on coastal beaches, mudflats and wetland lagoons. Many are migratory and visit Australia during the cold Northern Hemisphere winter.
There are 15 species of shore birds [approximately 1.2 million birds] who live permenantly in Australia. Another 35 or 36 species migrate every year and 15 or 16 species visit occasionally.
The Sea Birds food source is the sea, feeding upon fish and squid, however they come ashore to roost, often on the islands scattered along the vast Australian coastline.
Birds of Prey
Flightless Birds and Ground Dwelling Birds
Australia is the chosen summer destination for a number of species of migrating birds with many of these coming south to feed while their home in the Arctic is frozen over during the Northern Hemisphere's winter.
About 35 or 36 species of waterbirds migrate to Australia on an annual basis involving approximately over 2 million birds and flights of up to 26,000 kilometres; mostly from Alaska and Siberia. Another 15 or 16 species visit occasionally.
Migratory waterbirds include species such as plovers, sandpipers, stints, curlews and snipes.
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