The header photo above is of our local Varied Sittella. Varied Sittellas are endemic to Australia and widespread across the mainland. However, their plumage is quite different depending on your location. Our local bird is called the White-winged Varied Sittella and has distinct white wings in flight. They do tend to be very vocal in flight and feed in the dense foliage. The way they feed is very similar to a Nuthatch. They always appear to feed downwards and often upside-down.
We have observed Varied Sittellas once flying over our home, but generally we observe them around thirty kilometres from town. One reliable place is the banks of the Fitzroy River. On our recent camping trip we had Varied Sittellas around our camp the whole time. The reason for this was that juvenile birds had recently left the nest. We don’t know where the nest was this year, but we have seen them in the past in a fork of a tree.
The adult Varied Sittellas were very vocal as they came back and forth with food. The two juveniles were balancing in a tree just on the edge of our camp. Here are some photos of the juvenile Varied Sittellas waiting for their next meal.
Juvenile White-winged Varied Sittellas
Varied Sittellas are one of the smallest bird species in Australia at 10-11cm long. Despite their size they are a vocal bird and that is often what gives them away. It is one of many bird species that we get to enjoy when we go camping.