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At any one time, there are up to 60 different species of birds in the Aviary, comprising both Australian Native and Foreign species.

(Australia has over 800 species of birds and there are over 11,000 species of birds worldwide).

Australian parrots like the Rainbow Lorikeet and Cockatiel are the most numerous at The Canberra Walk-in Aviary.

The aviaries collection of birds consists of Finches, Parrots, Doves, Quail, Pheasants and Partridges from not only Australia but from other parts of the world. A full species list is at the bottom of this page.

anatomy The Rainbow Lorikeet is a small, brightly-colored Australian parrot with a brush-tipped tongue. This active bird has a shrill call while flying and chatters while eating. It is found in rainforests, open forests, woodlands, heath, mangrove forests, parks and orchards in Australia. In the wild, this parrot feeds in flocks of about 20 parrots, but roosts in flocks of thousands of birds. Mating pairs stay together for life. The Rainbow Lorikeet has a life span of about 20 years.
Anatomy: The Rainbow Lorikeet is up to about 14 inches (35 cm) long. They weigh about 5 ounces (133 grams). These parrots have brightly-colored red, green, blue, yellow, and orange feathers; the curved bill is red. The males and females are hard to distinguish.
Eggs and Chicks: There are 2 white eggs in each clutch (a set of eggs laid in one nesting period). The eggs are laid in a tree cavity high above the ground. The female incubates the eggs for 25-26 days, and the male feeds her. Both parents will feed the chicks.
Diet: Rainbow Lorikeets eat flowers, pollen, nectar, seeds, insects, and some fruit, feeding while upside-down. They use their brush-tipped tongue to get the pollen. The tip of the tongue has hairy projections (called papillae) that soak up nectar and catch pollen. These birds spend most of the day feeding.
Predators: Rainbow Lorikeets are eaten by peregrine falcons, brown falcons, whistling kites, and pythons.

Classification: Order Psittaciformes, Family Psittacidae, Subfamily Lorinae, Genus Trichoglossus, Species haematodus.



Finches are for many people the bird of choice. Finches are not noisy, do not require a large aviary and are quite an active, energetic bird. Bright and energetic finches are highly social with one another. A small planted finch aviary can be quite an attractive addition to your backyard. Finches do not usually bond with people. This makes them less appealing to people who want a pet that can be held and taught tricks. However it does mean that finches are a good choice for busy people as once their basic needs are met, little else has to be done.

You can have multiple pairs or varieites of finches in the same aviary. Most finches are not destructive to the vegetation in a planted aviary.


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Bird Species of the Canberra Walk in Aviary as at July 2020

Common Species  Name

Species Origin

Scientific   Name



Bourke Parrots

Australian Native

Neopsephotus bourkii


Australian Native

Melopsittacus undulatus


Australian Native

Nymphicus hollandicus

Elegant Parrot

Australian Native

Neophema elegans

Indian Ring Neck Parrot (Various Colours)

Foreign Species

Psittacula krameri

Kakariki (Red Fronted)

Foreign Species

Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae

King Parrots

Australian Native

Alisterus scapularis

Monk - Quaker Parrots

Foreign Species

Myiopsitta monachus

Plum Head Parrot

Foreign Species

Psittacula cyanocephala

Princess Parrot in Normal’s (Green) & Blues

Australian Native

Polytelis alexandrae

Red Rump Parrot - (Normal & Various Colours)

Australian Native

Psephotus haematonotus

Red Winged Parrot

Australian Native

Aprosmictus erythropterus

Regent Parrot

Australian Native

Polytelis anthopeplus

Superb Parrots

Australian Native

Polytelis swainsonii

Turquoise Parrots

Australian Native

Neophema pulchella




Little Lorikeets

Australian Native

Glossopsitta pusilla

Musk Lorikeet

Australian Native

Glossopsitta concinna

Purple Crown Lorikeet

Australian Native

Glossopsitta porphyrocephala

Rainbow Lorikeet in Normal’s & Olives     

Australian Native

Trichoglossus haematodus

Red Collar Lorikeet

Australian Native

Trichoglossus haematodus rubritorquis

Scaly Breasted Lorikeet in Normal’s & Olives

Australian Native

Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus

Varied Lorikeet

Australian Native

Psitteuteles versicolor

Rainbow x Scaley Hybrid & Musk x Scaley Hybrid

Australian Native


Finches & Wrens


Black Throated Finch

Australian Native

Poephila cincta


Foreign Species

Serinus canaria domestica

Cordon Blue Waxbill Finch

Foreign Species

Uraeginthus bengalus

Crimson Chat

Australian Native

Ephthianura tricolour

Cuban Finch

Foreign Species

Tiaris canora

Diamond Firetail Finch

Australian Native

Emblema guttata

Double Bar Finch

Australian Native

Poephila bichenov

Gouldian Finch

Australian Native

Chloebia gouldiae

Jacarini Finch

Foreign Species

Volatina jacarina

Java Sparrow

Foreign Species

Lonchura oryzivora

Long Tailed Finch

Australian Native

Poephila acuticauda

Orange Breast Waxbill Finch

Foreign Species

Amandava subflava

Painted Firetail Finch

Australian Native

Emblema pictum

Red Brow Finch

Australian Native

Aegintha temporalis

Red Face Parrot Finch

Foreign Species

Erythrura psittacea

Star Finch (Red & Yellow headed)

Australian Native

Neochima ruficauda

Silver Eyes

Australian Native

Zosterops lateralis

Yellow Siskin Finch

Foreign Species

Carduelis magellancia

Varigated Fairy Wren Australian Native  Malurus lamberti

Doves, Quails & Others


Barborary Doves

Australian Native

Streptopelia risoria

Bob White Quail

Foreign Species

Colinus virginianus

Bleeding Heart Pigeon

Foreign Species

Gallicolumba luzonica

Californian Quail

Foreign Species

Lophortyx californicus

Chukar Partridge

Foreign Species

Alectoris chukar

Diamond Doves

Australian Native

Geopelia cuneata

Golden Pheasant

Foreign Species

Chrysolophus pictus

King Quail

Native Species

Coturnix chinensis

Japanese Quail

Foreign Species

Coturnix japonica

New Guniea Ground Dove Foreign Species Gallicolumba jobiensis
Peaceful Dove              Australian Native
Geopelia placida
Spinifex Pigeon Australian Native Geophaps plumifera

 54 different species in total as at 1/12/2023