Native Animals

Like many places in Australia where original indigenous vegetation still exists, the Moreton Bay Region is home to a rich diversity of native animals across a wide variety of natural habitat types.
  • Fauna

    Like many places in Australia where original indigenous vegetation still exists, the Moreton Bay Region is home to a rich diversity of native animals. We are privileged to have a wide variety of natural habitat types.

  • Significant & priority species

    Moreton Bay is a region of divergent natural landscapes that support a superb variety of plants, animals and ecosystems.

  • Report sightings

    Native animal sightings are regularly reported to council. If you see an animal or plant of interest please contact Council’s Environmental Services Department.

  • Injured wildlife

    All native animals are protected by law. This page provides a number of useful contacts to aid injured and provide wildlife first aid.

  • Habitat trees, hollows & nest boxes

    Hollows developed in old trees have the potential to provide important habitat for many native animals.

  • Australian White Ibis

    Australian White Ibis are native wetland birds that have readily adapted to life in urban environments.

  • Crows

    As a native species, crows are protected under the Queensland government's Nature Conservation Act 1992. It is illegal to trap or cull crows or to interfere with their nests. Council does not remove or cull crows that are considered a noise nuisance.

  • Frogs

    Council cooperates with the Queensland Frog Society to encourage and foster an interest in frogs. Your backyard environment can be made more suitable for frogs by creating a frog pond.

  • Flying foxes

    Flying foxes are mammals, like humans, and belong to the Order Chiroptera (meaning ‘hand-winged’). Flying foxes play an important role in dispersing the pollen and fruit of many native trees, such as figs, palms, lilly-pillies and quandongs.

  • Glossy black-cockatoo

    The Glossy Black-Cockatoo, (Calyptorhynchus lathami) is recognised as a threatened species under State legislation, and is the rarest of Australia’s cockatoos.

  • Koala protection

    If you see a sick, injured or orphaned koala or have any koala related concerns, contact Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Inc or the Pine Rivers Koala Association (24 hours a day / 7 days per week).

  • Native Eels

    Two species of freshwater eels can be found in waterbodies in the Moreton Bay Region - the common Longfin eel (Anguilla reinhardtii) and the Shortfin eel (Anguilla australis).

  • Powerful owls

    Powerful Owls are huge predatory birds (50-65cm in length) that occupy very large permanent territories, sometimes having a home range of up to 1000 hectares.

  • Shorebirds

    There are five main points to consider when identifying shorebirds: size & shape, colour, bill, legs and behaviour.

  • Swooping Birds

    Some native birds swoop as a defensive behaviour to protect their young. Swooping is most common in spring, but can start in late winter and extend into late summer.

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