Fauna

If you enjoy wildlife, a drive to Kroombit Tops then on to the Boyne Valley provides a wonderful assortment of animal species to view.  With at least 62 species of birds, 19 species of mammals, 10 species of amphibians and  9 species of reptiles, the wildlife enthusiast or  the amateur photographer can certainly achieve a memorable day trip or an extended holiday visit.

Colours abound in the Rainbow Lorikeets, Pale-Headed Rosellas and Galahs that routinely call the Boyne Valley home.  If you’re into starker shades, the blacks and whites of the Australian Magpies, Pied Currawongs or White-Winged Choughs will add to your enjoyment.  More into the audio side of things? Then have a listen to the excitement of the Laughing Kookaburras, the melodic fluting of the Pied Butcher Birds, the squawk of the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos or the chattering monologues of the Friarbirds.  And for majesty and grace, nothing compares to seeing the Wedge-Tail Eagles in flight or the Black Swans gliding in the lagoon.

If you’re more interested in fur than feathers, there’s a good chance you’ll spy a grazing Whiptail Wallaby watching you drive by or an Eastern Grey Kangaroo bounding across a paddock. Flying Foxes and Bats complete the mammal picture as they nightly forage for food.

All in all the Boyne Valley offers a memorable experience of wildlife for anyone interested in seeing it close at hand.  The following tables say it all.

BIRDS BIRDS
Scientific Name Common Name Scientific Name Common Name
Alectura lathami Australian Brush Turkey Haliastur sphenurus Whistling Kite
Anas superciliosa Pacific Black Duck Hieraaetus morphnoides Little Eagle
Aquila audax Wedge-Tailed Eagle Lichmera indistincta Brown Honeyeater
Ardea alba Great Egret Malurus melanocephalus Red-Backed Fairy-Wren
Ardea ibis Cattle Egret Manorina melanocephala Noisy Miner
Artamus leucorynchus White-Breasted Woodswallow Megalurus gramineus Little Grassbird
Ardeotis australs Australian Bustard Megalurus timoriensis Tawny Grassbird
Cacatua galerita Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo Meliphaga lewinii Lewins Honeyeater
Cacatua roseicapilla Galah Merops ornatus Rainbow Bee-Eater
Calyptorynchus magnificus Red-Tailed Cockatoo Ninox novaeseelandiea Southern Boobook
Caprimulgus sp. Nightjar Pachycephala rufiventris Rufous Whistler
Cenropus phasianinus Pheasant Coucal Pardolatus striatus Striated Pardolat
Chenonetta jubata Australian Wood Duck Pelecanus conspicillatus Australian Pelican
Coracina novaehollandiae Black-Faced Cuckoo Shrike Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant
Corcorax melanorhamphos White-Winged Chough Phalacrocorax melanoleucos Little Pied Cormorant
Corvus orru Torresian Crow Philemon citreogularis Little Friarbird
Cracticus nigrogularis Pied Butcherbird Philemon corniculatus Noisy Friarbird
Cygnus atratus Black Swan Platycercus adscitus Pale-Headed Rosella
Dacelo novaeguineae Laughing Kookaburra Podargus strigoides Tawny Frogmouth
Daphoenositta chrysoptera Varied Sitella Porphyrio porphyrio Swamphen
Egretta novaehollandiae White-Faced Heron Rhipidura  fuliginosa Grey Fantail
Entomyzon cyanotis Blue-Faced Honeyeater Rhipidura leucophyris Willie Wagtail
Falco berigora Brown Falcon Smicronis brevirostris Weebill
Falco longipennis Australian Hobby Specotheres viridis Figbird
Geopelia humeralis Bar-Shouldered Dove Strepera graculina Pied Currawong
Geopelia striata Peaceful Dove Threskiornis spinicollis Straw-necked Ibis
Glossopsita pusilla Little Lorikeet Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet
Grallina cyanoleuca Magpie Lark Trichoglossus haematodus Rainbow Lorikeet
Grus rubicundus Brolga Tyto alba Barn Owl
Gymnorhina tibicen Australian Magpie Vanellus miles Masked Lapwing

 

MAMMALS
Scientific Name Common Name
Aepyprymnus rufescens Rufous Bettong
Canis lupus dingo Dingo
Chalinolobus gouldii Gould’s Wattled Bat
Chalinolobus nigrogriseus Hoary Wattled Bat
Felis catus House Cat
Isoodon macrourus Northern Brown Bandicoot
Macropus dorsalis Black-Striped Wallaby
Macropus giganteus Eastern Grey Kangaroo
Macropus rufogriseus Red-Necked Wallaby
Macropus parryi Whiptail Wallaby
Myotis adversus Large-Footed Myotis
Orychtolagus cuniculus Rabbit
Tadarida australis White-Striped Freetail Bat
Petaurus australis Yellow-Bellied Glider
Pteropus poliocephalus Grey-Headed Flying-ox
Tachyglossus aculeatus Short-Beaked Echidna
Thylogale sp. Pademelon
Trichosurus vulpecula Common Brushtail Possum
Vulpes vulpes Fox

 

AMPHIBIANS REPTILES
Scientific Name Common Name Scientific Name Common Name
Bufo marinus Cane Toad Carlia pectoralis Rainbow Skink
Limnodynastes peronii Brown Striped Frog Cryptoblepharus virgatus Wall Skink
Limnodynastes tasmaniensis Spotted Grass Frog Ctenotus taeniolatus Coppertail Skink
Limnodynastes terraeregine Banjo Frog Dendrelaphis punculata Common Tree Snake
Litoria caerulea Green Tree Frog Morelia spilota Carpet Python
Litoria fallax Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog Pgona barbata Bearded Dragon
Litoria inermis Floodplain Frog Pseudonaja textilis Eastern Brown Snake
Litoria latopalmata Broad-Palmed Frog Physignathus lesueurii Eastern Water Dragon
Litoria lesueuri Stony Creek Frog Varanus varius Goanna
Littoria rubella Desert Tree Frog