Where is it?: Hawthorndene is a southern hills suburb. It is bounded by Main Road, Adelaide-Melbourne Railway Line, Cypress Avenue, Hawthorndene Drive, Upper Sturt Road, a line S to McGough Road, McGough Road, a line south to the Sturt River, Sturt River, a line NE to Turners Avenue and Turners Avenue back to Main Road.

Local Council area: City of Mitcham

Landscape Management Region: Green Adelaide

History: The name originally proposed for the 1925 subdivision of the old Hewett Estate was ‘Hawthorn’, for the English Hawthorne which grew in the area, but this was rejected because a suburb of the same name already existed north of Lower Mitcham. The name ‘Hawthorne Dene*’ was also rejected for similar reasons although it was widely used. AC Catt & Company’s 1925 brochure offering land for sale between East Terrace/Cypress Avenue and Myrtle Road refers to ‘Hawthornedene’ and ‘Hawthorne-dene’. The authorities however, had already decided on the rather awkward and unpopular ‘Hawthodene’ and this remained the official name of the suburb until 1959 when the Mitcham Council and State Government agreed to the current ‘Hawthorndene’.

Places to see birds: Blackwood Forest Recreation Park, Archibald Reserve.

Total Species Recorded to Date: 95 (non-passerines 53, passerines 42)

Common Species: Crested Pigeon, Eastern Rosella, Rainbow Lorikeet, Galah, Noisy Miner, Australian Magpie, Little Raven

Less Common Species: Common Bronzewing, Tawny Frogmouth, White-browed Scrubwren, Spotted Pardalote, Black-faced Cuckooshrike, Mistletoebird


Note: This checklist is a guide to the bird species that have been recorded in this local area. We encourage you to record your sightings and add your locality on the checklist and return to Birds SA for inclusion in the Biological Survey of South Australia database.

Updated: 25/07/2021

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