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There is a wealth of information on animals from Australia as well as specific types of animals. Details are provided below.
This page provides information on Australian animals - marsupials, other unique animals, dangerous or endangered animals, animal images, more.
The Insects page provides information about entomology, specific insects, insect images and other general information.
- Australian Birds
Listed in families with thumbnail images. Click on the names in the list for further information.
- Australian Bird Image Database
Extensive listing by name. A majority have images attached, many with multiple images.
- Australian Birdlife Photo Library
Alphabetical, thumbnail lists, About The Birds, References, links, species list, more.
- Australian Birds - The ABC’s Bird Page
Bird survey, Bird Atlas, Interactive Bird maps, migration, range and breeding sites, species list, Backyard Birdwatch, more.
‘Your gateway to Birds Australia data including the Atlas of Australian Birds and Nest record scheme’.
- BirdLife Australia
- Birdlife Australia : Find an Australian Bird
- Birds in Backyards
Australian Museum. ‘Birds in Backyards is a research, education and conservation program focusing on the birds that live where people live’.
- Birds of Australia
Kinds of birds, regional lists, organisations, regional references, links. Wikipedia
- List of Birds of Australia
Listed under bird families. Wikipedia.
- The Birds of Australia : in seven volumes
John Gould. Digitised version, National Library of Australia.
- WWF Australia
In addition to other areas, this “Species” section provides access to a range of Fact Sheets or information pages on particular birds/groups, many of which are at risk. They include Black Cockatoos, Malleefowl, Swift Parrot, Gouldian Finch and Shorebirds.
Dingos & Thylacines
Names, description, communication, behaviour, mortality, health, distribution, impact, legal status, control measures, conservation, origin, genetic status, interbreeding, attacks on humans, references, literature, links. Wikipedia.
- Dingo 
Canis familiaris dingo. Life, reproduction, distribution, more.
- The Dingo in Australia
Brief facts done in a series of paragraphs or points.
- Dingos in Australia
Their Origins and Impact. Fact Sheet from the Australian Museum Online.
Thylacines [Tasmanian Tiger]
- Australia’s Thylacine
Australian Museum Online. Covers information in response to 8 questions.
Evolution, discovery, taxonomy, description, ecology, behaviour, extinction, modern research, cultural references, notes, references, links. Wikipedia.
- The Thylacine Films
‘The following 7 film clips comprise all the motion picture footage known to exist of living thylacines. All of the films are silent - no sound was recorded when they were originally made’. Another site with Video and stills can be found here.
- The Thylacine Museum
‘Online educational guide to the thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger. Here you will find information covering virtually every aspect of the natural history of this unique Australian marsupial’.
- Thylacine Research Unit
‘Engaged in field investigations and experiments designed to address various aspects of the natural history and determination of the continued existence of the thylacine’. See what you think.
‘Welcome to Thylacoleo, a natural history of the Thylacoleonidae. Thylacoleonids are predatory marsupials which lived in Australia from Late Oligocene times until the end of the Pleistocene. Members of this marsupial family varied in dimensions from that of a house cat to nearly the size of an African lion’.
Sites about both past and present Australian animals.
- Animal Facts
‘The following Animal Fact Sheets have been compiled by members of the Zoo and Aquarium Association Education Specialist Advisory Group. Click on relevant links to learn about some of Australasia’s amazing animals’.
- Australian Wildlife
‘Information on topics relating to Australian wildlife’. Feature stories, short notes, scientific reports.
- Australia’s Extinct Animals
‘Australia’s reptiles, birds, mammals from the Cretaceous to the present’.
- Bush Blitz
‘Australia’s largest nature discovery project - a three-year multimillion dollar partnership to document the plants and animals in hundreds of properties across Australia’s National Reserve System. Bush Blitz is expected to uncover hundreds of new species’.
- Invasive Animal Cooperative Research Centre
‘The Invasive Animals CRC creates new technologies and integrated strategies to reduce the impact of invasive animals on Australia’s economy, environment, and people’. Works with animals such as feral pigs, rabbits, foxes, fish species and wild dogs.
- List of Mammals of Australia
‘A total of 379 species of mammals have been recorded in Australia and surrounding continental waters; 357 indigenous and 22 introduced’. Wikipedia.
‘The Mulgara is an endangered Australian Marsupial that lives in the Spinifex bush and deserts of Central Australia’. Wikipedia.
- Species Bank
Simple, reliable information about many Australian species. Each description is illustrated and includes information on distribution, biology, interaction with humans.
- Tasmanian Devil
Good information, audio, video and more about this iconic animal.
- Australia’s Most Endangered Species
Australian Geographic. Overview, specific species, related articles.
- Threatened Fauna of Australia
Listed under Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Conservation Dependent, threatened species legislation. Most listed items linked to further information. Wikipedia.
- Threatened Species and Ecological Communities
Environment Australia. Threatened species, threatened communities, nominations, recovery plans, threat abatement, publications, more.
- Threatened Species Link
Tasmania. ‘Management and conservation advice on Tasmania’s threatened species’.
- The Marsupials of Australia
- Unique And Sometimes Scary Animals Of Australia
From the Outback Australia Travel Guide. Images and information.
- Unique Australian Animals
Information on an extended list of Australian animals. Select alphabetically or by animal type.
- WildlifeID Australia
Android, Not Free ‘Identify all the birds, fish, insects, lizards, shells etc around you with WildlifeID Australia. With over 2 000 species, most with photos, you will be an Australian animal expert in no time’.
- Australian Koala Foundation
Koala conservation, present status, images, newsletters, media & news, how you can help save Koalas, more.
What is a Koala ?, Habitat & Diet, Communication, Threats, bibliography, Photo Gallery, Movies, links.
Species & taxonomy, physiology, brief history, facts, links to related sites. Some great images.
- Ten Facts About Koalas
National Geographic Kids. ‘Ready for the lowdown on one seriously cute creature ? Join National Geographic Kids as we check out ten fascinating facts about koalas’.
Includes kangaroos, wallabies, related animals.
- Grey Kangaroo
Go to the following for the Red Kangaroo and the Tree Kangaroo. Done by the WWF.
- Kangaroo Facts
Kangaroo information, facts, kangaroo figures.
‘Macropods are marsupials belonging to the family Macropodidae, which includes kangaroos, wallabies, tree-kangaroos, pademelons and several others’. Physical description, fossil record, classification, references, other links. Wikipedia.
- Macropods - Gallery
A gallery of images of various macropods from babies to fully grown, From the Australian Wildlife Carers Network.
- Macropods - Tasmania
‘There are five species of macropod family [which includes kangaroos, wallabies, bettongs and potoroos]. The species found in Tasmania’ include those listed. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
- Multitudes of Macropods
From The Kangaroo Trail. ‘There are many more species of macropods in Australia and New Guinea [67 species] than antelope in southern Africa [34 species]’. Titles and descriptions provided.
Ecology, description, interaction with humans, status, European discovery, name, references, links. Wikipedia. Link at the bottom to images and a movie.
- Red Kangaroo
Facts and images of the “Big Red”.
- State of Australia’s Threatened Macropods
‘The report summarises the status of threatened macropod species within Australia and identifies a priority list of species on which to focus’. WWF. You can also access a Fact Sheet on Kangaroos & Wallabies and The Action Plan for Threatened Australian Macropods 2011-2021.
Range, habitat, classification, feral populations, species, fictional wallabies, references, links. Wikipedia.
- Wallaby [Macropus]
Overview, images, Wallaby Facts.
- Wild Harvest of Australian Native Animals
Australian Department of the Environment and Heritage. ‘In Australia, state and territory governments have primary responsibility for managing kangaroos and wallabies. Some states have determined that kangaroos may be sustainably harvested’. Provides statistics, plus other information.
Includes Platypus and Echidna [Spiny Ant Eater].
Description, evolution, taxonomy, references, external links. ikipedia.
- Monotreme Extreme
Echidna facts, care, Echidna Watch, rescue, research, For the Kids. Information from Pelican Lagoon Research & Wildlife Centre.
Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. Information, graphics.
- The Enigma of the Echidna
‘Scientists are continually perplexed by this egg-laying Australian mammal’s unpredictable behaviour and strange physical characteristics’. Fairly short article.
Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. Listen to them, find basic information, read from the bibliography provided.
- Platypus 
Taxonomy, etymology, description, venom, ecology, behaviour, evolution, conservation status, cultural references, notes, references, links. Wikipedia.
- Platypus 
About, habitat, sightings, electric field, Platypus facts, pictures, videos.
- Platypus - Evolution and Conservation
Information based on 4 major points. What are they ?, What do fossils tell us ?, What is the evolutionary history ?, What are the implications for conservation ?. Australian Museum Online.
- Platypus Facts
Overview, how it got its name, what is the plural ?, where it lives, venom.
Taxonomy, description, distribution and habitat, behaviour, diet, reproduction, threats, conservation efforts, references, more. Wikipedia.
- Quolls of Australia Australian Quoll Conservancy Incorporated
Information from the Australian Quoll Conservancy. A second Fact Sheet is available from the WWF.
- Common Wombat
Distribution, description, habitat, lifestyle, breeding, diet, status, how you can help, further reading.
- Family Vombatidae [Wombats]
More zoology-oriented page with links to further information.
- Wombania’s Wombat Information Centre
Sounds a silly name BUT it has amazing information on all things to do with wombats.
- Wombat Resources
Basic introduction. National Parks and Wildlife Service [NSW].
Snakes & Lizards
- Australian Reptiles A-Z List
Common name, Scientific name, Family. Use the Reptile sub-menu items for specific information.
- Reptiles - Australian Museum
Select “Lizards” and “Snakes” from the reptile groups listed.
- The Reptiles of Australia
Snakes, lizards, crocodiles, tortoises. Select from the options at the top of the page.
- Australian Geckos
Extensive listing with scientific & common names, links, more.
- Australian Herpetology Website : Australian Lizards
Use the sections for links about monitors, dragons, skinks, geckos and legless lizards.
- Australian Monitor Lizardsbr>Extensive listing with scientific & common names, links, more.
- Australian Skinks Lizards
Extensive listing with scientific & common names, distribution, links, more.
Characteristics habitats, diet, Goannas and humans, etymology, species, references, links., more. Wikipedia.
- Australia Pythons
Extensive listing with scientific & common names, distribution, links, more.
- Australian Pythons [OzAnimals]
Multiple examples with links to links to further information on each.
Australia’s 10 Most Dangerous Snakes
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service. Information on snakes and snake features, links and/or PDF files covering many individual snakes. Well worth visiting.
- Snakes of Australia
Extensive listing. Most link to other pages for detailed information. Wikipedia.
- What Snake Is That ?
Snake identification, snake families, general information, Emergency information.