Chris Coleborn

Have you thought of the number of colours that are to be found in Australian bird names? Below is a list of colours that from part of our bird's names. Often there are more than one bird species sharing the colour. We give only one example. Can you think of any more colours?

Crimson Finch and Plum-headed Finch, Azure Kingfisher, Black Kite, Blue Bonnet, Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Brown Honeyeater, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Chestnut Rail, Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Citrine Wagtail, Emerald Dove, Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, Flame Robin, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Golden Whistler, Green Pygmy-goose, Grey Shrike-thrush, Leaden Flycatcher, Nankeen Night Heron, Nutmeg Mannikin, Olive-backed Oriole, Orange-Chat, Pink Robin, Purple-crowned Fairy-wren, Red-winged Parrot, Rose-crowned Fruit Dove, Ruddy Turnstone, Rufous Songlark, Russet-tailed Thrush, Scarlet Honeyeater, Silver-crowned Friarbird, Slaty-backed Thornbill, Sooty Oystercatcher, Straw-necked Ibis, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Tawny Grassbird, Turquoise Parrot, Pale White-eye, Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Pale-yellow Robin, Rusty-tailed Gerygone, Pearly Flycatcher, & Lavender -flanked Fairy-wren.

This article was published in The Christian Bird Observer’s Magazine, April 2002