Green Oriole

Karumba, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland is a bird-watcher’s paradise.

This month we are featuring the stunning Green Oriole; a medium-size songbird with red eyes and a long red bill.

Also Known As…

The Green Oriole goes by a few different names.

Alternate names for the Green Oriole include the Yellow-belled Oriole, Yellow Oriole, and the Australian Yellow Oriole.

A challenging bird to spot, as their yellow-green plumage blends with the foliage, it is their deep musical calls that usually gives away their discreet location.

Breeding and Habitat

Green Orioles like to breed during the months of October to March – the wet season.

They forage slowly and methodically through the middle and upper strata of dense forests and like to form small flocks in the non-breeding season.

It’s preferred habitat is among the mangroves, in the rainforests, swamps, gardens, and in the thickets along watercourses.

The Unique Green Oriole Song

If you’re hoping to hear a Green Oriole sing, you’re in luck.  These spectacular birds love to sing, and their vocals are often characterized as a throaty and rich “yok-yok-yoddle” sound.

The Green Oriole makes it home in Australia and New Guinea.

What birds have you spotted during your stay in Karumba?

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Green Orioles are are just one of many species of birds that can be found in Karumba and seen around the park.  Click here to read about another local bird – the Red-headed honeyeaters.

Be sure to bring your camera with you on your next visit to Karumba.

Photography by @lester_trotter | Source: Wikipedia

Morning Glory

Morning Glory – a rare meteorological event most Australians don’t know exists.

What is the Morning Glory?

The Morning Glory is the most incredible thing you can see in the sky. And it happens right here in the Gulf of Carpentaria. 

A rare meteorological event, it occurs at dawn between September and November when the conditions are right.

A spectacular sight in the sky.

The Morning Glory is an unexplainable cloud formation that moves across the sky at speeds of up to 40km per hour in a north-easterly direction.

It looks like a massive spinning roll of cotton wool that stretches from one horizon to the other.   

Also known as kangólgi.

The local Garawa Aboriginal people refer to the cloud formation as kangólgi. 

They believe the presence of the Morning Glory is a sign of a flourishing bird population in the area.

What causes this incredible phenomenon?

The Morning Glory is believed to occur when a humid easterly front from the Coral Sea and a warm westerly front from the Gulf collide.

However, despite significant advances in meteorology and technology, the Morning Glory remains a natural event that defies understanding or explanation. 

Best place to view

The best spot to observe the Morning Glory is from a remote, isolated outback town and coastal locality in the Shire of Burke called Burketown. Approximately 142km southwest of Karumba. 

Or you can take a ride in a glider plane and surf the clouds from the sky.

Only in the Gulf

While similar phenomena appear in other parts of the world like Germany, Eastern Russia, Brazil, and Canada, the Morning Glory cloud is seen only in Northern Australia.

Photo Credit: dropbears

Red-Headed Honeyeater

Karumba is the perfect spot for bird-watchers, bird enthusiasts and photographers.

This month we are featuring the Red-Headed Honeyeater.

The red-headed honeyeater (also known as the red-headed myzomela) is a passerine bird that stands about 12cm with a long down-curbed bill and short tail. It lives in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Northern Queensland, Australia.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical environments. Karumba is a perfect spot.

This beautiful bird loves to feed in large canopy trees and enjoys darting from flower to flower and eating insects off foliage.

The handsome male honeyeater has a glossy red head with brown and paler grey-brown underparts. The beautiful female honeyeater has predominantly brown-grey plumage.

While there isn’t a wealth of information that’s been documented about the honeyeater’s breeding behaviour, it has been documented that it likes to build small cup-shaped nests in the mangroves, and will lay 2-3 small, white eggs with small red splotches.

What birds have you spotted during your stay in Karumba?

Share your photos and sightings on Instagram and Facebook. Tag us so we can share your posts.

Red-headed honeyeaters are just one of many species of birds that can be found in Karumba and seen around the park.

Be sure to bring your camera with you on your next visit to Karumba.

Photography by @paulabowler4 | Source: Wikipedia