Backyard Buddies


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Carnaby's Black-cockatoo

The Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo is a large, dull-black cockatoo with a short erectile crest and a large bill. The bird is mostly grey-black, with narrow off-white fringes to the feathers, giving it a scaly appearance. This is relieved by a patch of cream-coloured feathers on the ear-coverts, and the tail has large white panels, especially noticeable when the bird is flying... read more


Callistemons are commonly known as Bottlebrushes because of their cylindrical, brush like flowers. These shrubs live in warm regions of Australia, mainly along the east coast and south west. They provide food and shelter for native animals, birds, insects and skinks – they will attract plenty of life to your backyard... read more

Brush Turkey

In winter, a clucky visitor may be scratching around near you. In the lead-up to breeding season, male Brush Turkeys, also known as Bush Turkeys or Scrub Turkeys, are building and maintaining mounds. If you love a neat, formal garden, a resident Brush Turkey may be an unwelcome visitor as it scrapes away your mulch. Although widely regarded as a pest, there's a lot to love about these very interesting Australian birds... read more

In Our Big Backyard


Wombats are nocturnal, solitary animals occurring in a wide variety of habitats throughout Australia. They live in burrows that can be up to 30 metres long and they may share these with other wombats, although they are very territorial with their feeding grounds. Wombats usually stay in their burrows during the day. They normally come out at night to feed, although they can be seen out early in the morning and at dusk and they’ll travel up to 3 kilometres a night looking for food... read more

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