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October 12, 2012

Cocoparra National Park

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Griffith Birding.

I side-tracked off to Cocoparra National Park on the way to Griffith. I headed off from West Wyalong along the Mid Western Highway towards Hay and turned left after Rankin Springs. The first area you come to in Cocoparra National Park was Jack’s Creek, a gorge that you walk along and then over the top and back again.

Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)

Eastern Yellow Robin are very common in inland areas.

Inland Thornbill
Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza apicalis) Speckled Warbler (Chthonicola sagittata)

I think this is an Inland Thornbill. Then again, it could be a Striated Thornbill. I am really crap at identifying thornbills and stuff like them. It is actually a Speckled Warbler (Chthonicola sagittata). ID thanks to Tobias. It is a small insect-eating bird that feeds mainly on the ground.

Unidentified Yellow Thornbill (Acanthiza nana)

I have no idea where to start with this one, but notice the white stripe above the bill. Thanks to Tobias. who identified it as a Yellow Thornbill. “The Yellow Thornbill is a small to medium-sized thornbill and is the most yellow of the thornbill group. It is greenish-olive on the back, with white streaking on the cheeks and ears, and has pale to bright yellow underparts. There is a reddish brown tone on the chin and throat. The young birds are similar but duller.” (

White-browed Babbler
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus)

White-browed Babblers are another species of very gregarious and sociable birds that are very enjoyable to watch.

Willy Wagtail
Willy Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)

Cocoparra National Park bird list

Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)
Inland Thornbill (Acanthiza apicalis)
White-browed Babbler (Pomatostomus superciliosus)
Grey Fantail
Willy Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys)
White-winged Chough
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus)

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