The Rainbow Bee Eater (Merops ornatus) is a very colourful member of the bee eating family: Meropidae and the only member of this family to be found in Australia. The Rainbow Bee Eater’s range includes throughout mainland Australia, as well as eastern Indonesia, New Guinea and, rarely, the Solomon Islands. The Rainbow Bee Eater inhibits […]
The laughing kookaburra got its name from its loud laughing sound that is sometimes mistaken for many different animals, such as donkeys or monkeys.
The Australian Swiftlet is a small bird local to Queensland, Australia. The nests of some species of Swiftlets are built entirely from threads of their saliva, and are collected for the famous Chinese delicacy, bird's nest soup.
The Australian Pelican is found across Australia and New Guinea on many inland and coastal waters but avoids dry desert regions. The Australian Pelican has the largest bill of any bird on our planet.
The Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) is a small water bird that is found throughout Australia and many Pacific Ocean islands and is now also resident in New Zealand where it was self introduced. The Australasian Grebe is one of the smallest members of the grebe family: Podicipedidae. Australasian Grebes are also known by other common […]
Snowshoe Hare The Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus) is also called the ‘Varying Hare’. The snowshoe hare is found in alpine regions of North America, Alaska and Canada. The population of the snowshoe hare fluctuates tremendously on a roughly 10 year cycle, due to the availability of food and predator interactions. Snowshoe Hare Description The snowshoe […]
Opossums, generally referred to as ‘Didelphimorpias’ are small marsupials that are found in Central and Southern America. Opossums have lived in the Americas for around 55 million years probably evolving from the basic South American marsupials of the late Cretaceous period. They have now spread northwards as far as Canada although those who have are […]