Tag: birds of australia


A guide to helping our native animals with the heat this summer

While we enjoy the summer holidays – returning to our air-conditioned abodes when it gets too much – our native animals, especially our koalas and birds, can find it difficult to cope with the sweltering heat and limited water sources. Here’s how you can help them out this summer.


GALLERY: the richly-coloured finches of Queensland

Queensland has the highest bird populations of any state, the most spectacular residing in the far north expanses of the Wet Tropics and Cape York. The state is also a haven for a diverse and richly coloured group of finches substantial enough that it’s home to the largest specialist bird club in Australia, the Queensland Finch Society, who are dedicated to rehabilitating the states iconic species. According to Gary Fitt, the current president of the society, “there are only three finch species in Australia that don’t occur in QLD, meaning 15 of the 18 species are in QLD.


GALLERY: the purple-crowned fairy-wren

Unlike his relatives who travel long and far to show off their colourful plumage, the purple-crowned fairy-wren chooses just one lucky lady. See his gorgeous violet-hued plummage in our gallery. Read more about purple-crowned fairy-wrens HERE.