Australia is home to some of the world’s most unique and curious botanical treasures.
These greeting cards showcase some of these native beauties.
Known as the Superb Fairy Wren for its stunning blue plumage, this little Australian feathered friend is striking in appearance and brings joy to those who glimpse its electric blue feathers as it flitters here and there. It has recently been voted Australia’s favourite bird.
This little male is perched amongBanksia serrata blossoms. A member of the Proteaceae family, it is also known as the Old Man Banksia — named after the naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, it was one of the original specimens he collected in Botany Bay on the first voyage to the Pacific on Captain Cook’s Endeavour in 1770.
Black cockatoo fly
With their distinctive yellow cheeks and panelled tail feathers, the yellow-tailed black cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus funereus is one of the largest Australian parrots.
Their mournful cries can be heard as they fly above forest canopies in search of their favoured seeds of hakea, banksia and casuarina.
This black beauty has just enjoyed a meal from the coastal banksia, Banksia integrifolia, one of the most widely distributed species along the east coast of Australia, with habitats ranging from coastal dunes to mountain ridges.
These gorgeous long-tailed grass finches are also know as owl finches due to their resemblance to the Barn Owl.
Never far from water, Double-barred finches (Taeniopygia bichenovii) often feed in flocks on grass seeds and prefer to feast in grassy woodlands, open forests and farmlands. This subspecies is found up and down the east coast of Australia.
This trio sits amongst the long stems of a flowering lomandra.
The Gouldian finch, Erythrura gouldiae or rainbow finch has the most spectacularly coloured plumage.
Named after the famous British ornithologist John Gould’s wife, Elizabeth, this brightest of birds is one of the most colourful creatures on earth.
This female sits amongst the vibrant blooms of the Firewheel Tree, Stenocarpus sinatus an Australian rainforest tree of the Protea family.
The iconic Superb Lyrebird, Menura novaehollandiae is a master of mimicry able to imitate any sound it hears.
Its spectacular plumage when spread out in display resembles the ancient Greek musical instrument, the lyre for which it is named.
This male is perched amongst ferns and foliage with the dramatic Blue Mountains in the distance.
The spotted pardalote Pardalotus punctatus is one of the tiniest Australian birds. It is also know as the peep-wren or diamond bird. It is rarely seen but often heard twittering high in the tops of gum trees.
This pardalote sits amidst the snow white blossom of the Eucalyptus cinerea or Argyle Apple favoured by florists around the world for its distinctive foliage.
The Scarlet Robin Petroica boodang is a common red-breasted passerine found across Australia.
The vivid plumage of this male is reflected in the Banksia coccinea bloom it is perched upon. Also known as the scarlet banksia, its flowers attract nectar and insect-feeding birds.