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One of Mount Kaputar's giant pink slugs. Image Credit: Michael Murphy

Better than millennial pink: Australia's rosy wildlife

  • BY AG Staff |
  • September 13, 2017

Very few Australian animals sport shades of pink, but when they do they certainly give 'millennial pink' a run for its money.

 1. Great bowerbird

Male great bowerbirds (Chlamydera nuchalis), found in northern Australia, are easily recognised by their gorgeous magenta crest, which, contrasted against their brown feathers, makes them look a little bit like a cherry ripe. 

great bower bird

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2. Common garden katydid nymph

While adult common garden katydids (Caedicia simplex) are typically green, nymphs take on the colour of whatever they’ve been eating. This nymph seems to have consumed a red rose or two.

Common garden katydid nymph

(Image Credit: Marine Schwartz)

3. Pink robin

The pink robin (Petroica rodinogaster) sports gorgeous hot pink breast feathers and can only be found in parts of south-east Australia.

Pink robin

(Image Credit: Wikimedia/JJ Harrison)

4. Giant pink slugs

Like something out of a sci-fi movie, these bright pink slugs (Triboniophorus aff. graeffei) grow up to 20 cm in length. After a decent rainfall, hundreds can be spotted making their way down the trees of Mount Kaputar National Park.

kaputar slugs

(Image Credit: Michael Murphy)

5. Pink-tailed worm-lizard

Not to be mistaken for a snake, the pink-tailed worm-lizard (Aprasia parapulchella) has a pink to reddish-coloured tail that’s almost at equal length with its body.

pink-tailed worm-lizard

(Image Credit: Wikimedia/Matt)

6. Rose-crowned fruit-dove

Cloaked in an emerald green with bright splashes of yellow, orange and pink, the rose-crowned fruit-dove (Ptilinopus regina) is the avian embodiment of a tropical sunset.

Rose-crowned fruit dove

(Image Credit: Flickr/Geoff Whalan)

7. Pink galah

With a powdery pink crown and dark-rosey chest, Australia's pink galahs (Eolophus roseicapilla), found in all Australian states and territories, are the most popular of pink pariahs. 

pink galah

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