Straddling the equator, born of fire and shaped by the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galápagos archipelago has a unique place in the natural world. Found here are the animals that prompted Charles Darwin to imagine and formulate the theory that explained the diversity of life: evolution by natural selection. Here are our six favourite birds that call the Galápagos archipelago home.
Golden bowerbirds are known for their faithfulness: often the bowers constructed by these birds remain the same for up to 30 years. But when these intricately constructed twig formations start disappearing, scientists can tell something might be wrong.
Very few Australian animals sport shades of pink, but when they do they certainly give ‘millennial pink’ a run for its money.
These findings are the first to show that unborn chicks can learn to recognise parent’s songs.
DARREN HAMLEY is a coordinator of gifted education at Willetton Senior High School in Western Australia. Earlier this year he asked his students to plan an expedition to photograph every species of cockatoo in Australia. They researched the best location to see each of the fourteen species and planned the trip from beginning to end researching weather, equipment, camping locations and where to actually find the birds. All but one was captured— the Palm Cockatoo, which is isolated by floodwaters.
Only 400 Regent honeyeaters still exists in the wild.