Port Douglas Zoo
Ready to see birds in Port Douglas? Wildlife Habitat is renowned for its abundance of local bird species. More than half (approx. 52%) of Australia’s bird species are found within the Wet Tropics region. Over 75 species of bird can be discovered whilst you are walking through our large immersive habitats, including the endangered Southern Cassowary, the Black Necked Stork and an abundance of cheeky cockatoos.
Cockatoos have a large robust bill for processing seeds and nuts along with their muscular tongue. We have 5 different species of cockatoo at Wildlife Habitat: Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Galah and the Cockatiel.
When disturbed it crouches down low to the ground or freezes rather than flying away which is a major contributor to its decline. Introduced predators such as the fox are a major threat to the species. The stone curlew relies on fallen branches and debris to assist in its ability to hide, to both roost and nest. This too may be a contributor to its decline.
Species at Wildlife Habitat include – Red-collared lorikeet, Rainbow lorikeet and Scaly-breasted lorikeet, Double-eyed Fig-parrot, Cockatiel, Eclectus parrot, Budgerigar and Pale-headed rosella.
Emus are found throughout mainland Australia and habitats range from coastal regions and mountain ranges to arid desert plains.
Their diet includes flowers, insects, fruits and seeds, and they aid their digestion by consuming stones.
After James’ unfortunate passing in 2018, Wildlife Habitat is still home to Jabbie, who has mothered 18 young.
These majestic birds are predators of mainly coastal and near-coastal wetland areas of northern and eastern Australia. Throughout the monsoonal areas of northern Australia, the Black-necked Stork is still widespread, but fewer numbers appear through southern QLD and NSW.
They are usually found independently feeding on fish from freshwater ecosystems, however crustaceans, baby crocodiles and turtles also form part of their diet.
Known for its distinctive cackle, the Laughing Kookaburra can be found throughout eastern Australia and south-west Western Australia. It is the largest member of the Kingfisher family and can grow up to 45cm in length.
The Blue Winged Kookaburra is a smaller species that can be found in north east and north west Australia in coastal and subcoastal areas. The Blue Winged Kookaburra also has a “laughing” call.
Kookaburras are carnivorous and live on a diet of reptiles, large insects, fish and small mammals.
Pigeons & Doves
Most species forage for fruits and seeds as well as the occasional insect or two. Most species of birds need to take small gulps of water at a time which they then swallow, but pigeons and doves are able to drink continuously without needing to raise their heads to swallow. Incredible!
Species found at the park include the Emerald Dove, Rose-crowned fruit-dove, Pied imperial pigeon, White-headed pigeon, Wonga pigeon, Brown cuckoo dove, Forest Bronzewing, Diamond dove, Bar shouldered dove and the Peaceful Dove.
Ducks & Geese
Species of duck and goose at Wildlife Habitat: Wandering Whistling-duck, Pacific Black duck, Maned duck, Plumed Whistling-duck, Radjah Shelduck, Magpie Goose, Grey teal , Chestnut teal , Blue-billed duck, Hardhead duck.
Pelicans hunt for fish as a large group and work by driving fish into shallower waters and then catching them in their bills. The Australian Pelican has a particularly sensitive bill which helps it to detect prey in murky waters.
Frogmouths are masters of camouflage; their textured plumage resembles tree bark, which makes them incredibly hard to spot in the wild.
Wildlife Habitat is home to two varieties of Frogmouth; the Papuan and the Tawny. The easiest way to differ between these two species is to look at their eye colour. Tawny Frogmouth’s have yellow-orange eyes, whereas Papuan Frogmouths have red eyes.