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Key plants used by Australian birds:
Bottlebrush (Callistemon [...])

There is a whole family of shrubs/trees called Callistemon, or Bottlebrush. These trees/shrubs with dense foliage are a valuable source of nectar, when flowering. Several types of honeyeaters feed on their nectar. Some small parrots/lorikeets will take either nectar or the budding flowers too. Having dense foliage, bottlebrushes are also popular with some bird species for nesting. Bottlebrushes are often found in heath or along (often sandy) creekbeds.

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.


Example of a bottlebrush tree with red flowers

Bottlebrush tree with light-yellow flowers seen by us at Munmorah SCA, NSW

Bottlebrush tree with pinkish flowers seen by us at Kalbarri NP, WA

Closer look at bottlebrush flowers

More detailed look at bottlebrush flowers

White-naped Honeyeater feeding on nectar of a white-blossomed bottlebrush
[Munmorah SCA, NSW, June 2011]

White-eared Honeyeater taking nectar from a Callistemon shrub
[Narrabri Creek, Narrabri, NSW, June 2018]


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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