Local wildlife


Get involved

Do you have wildlife visiting your garden? New citizen science project needs your help!

Do you see possums in your garden at night? Or even the occasional wallaby? With so many of us spending more time at home now, we need your eyes and ears to help the ecologists at the University of Sydney spot these critters! They are keen to find out what wildlife is visiting your garden and what they are eating.

Use the button below to complete a short (approx. 20 min) survey to tell us what you’ve seen in your garden and if you have noticed any plants they eat.

Tell us as much or as little as you wish, and feel free to upload photos too.

Your results will be used to better understand what plants might attract wildlife, with the aim of developing safe, benign new methods for protecting valued plants and wildlife.

If you have questions, contact Dr Catherine Price, University of Sydney at Catherine.price@sydney.edu.au or on 0438 220 905.


Fauna in Ku-ring-gai

Over 690 fauna species live in Ku-ring-gai, including invertebrates and fish. We undertake extensive monitoring to inform and prioritise management of native wildlife and improve our understanding of the diversity and distribution of species. This includes on-the-ground surveying, community observations and increasingly the use of sophisticated remote cameras and other monitoring equipment.

Feature profiles can be found on some of our local Native Species or browse below for a list of fauna most commonly found across the local area.


Threatened species







Pest and feral animals


Injured animals

Threatened species

A species is considered threatened if there is a reduction in its population size, it has a restricted geographical distribution, or there are few mature individuals.

For a full list of recorded species download the Ku-ring-gai Biodiversity & Riparian Lands Study (pdf. 5MB).

For more detailed information on each species visit Office of Environment & Heritage.


  • Australian Magpie
  • Azure Kingfisher
  • Brush Turkey
  • Eastern Whipbird
  • Eastern Yellow Robin
  • Glossy Black Cockatoo
  • Pied Currawong
  • Square-tailed Kite
  • Superb Fairy-wren
  • Superb Lyrebird
  • White-eared Honeyeater
  • White-faced Heron
  • Willie Wagtail

National Bird Week and the Aussie Backyard Bird Count occur annually on 21-27 October. Visit Birdlife Australia for more information.

To register for the new Ku-ring-gai Birdwatchers Club please email sustainability@kmc.nsw.gov.au.

What to do if you find an injured young bird?


  • Likely to have skin showing and are best helped if they can be safely returned to their nest;
  • alternatively a replacement nest can be made from a small tub or box with drainage holes poked in it and lined with dry grasses and safely placed in the tree;
  • in either case watch from a distance to confirm that the parents are visiting the nest.


  • These are older babies but are still being fed by their parents;
  • it is normal for them to be sitting on the ground, hopping around and possibly flying short distances;
  • if they are in danger from people, animals or traffic it’s good to put them into bushes or onto a branch;
  • unless they are injured or in danger it’s good to watch them for a while to confirm that their parents are feeding them.

Injured, not being fed, cold or in danger

  • If the bird is injured, abandoned, cold or in danger they will need more care;
  • gently place them into a lidded box with small air holes, on dried grasses, a small towel or similar;
  • handle the bird as little as possible and keep it in a dark, warm, quiet place while you organise expert help;
  • call Wildlife Rescue 1300 094 737 or Sydney Wildlife on 02 9413 4300.

Don't forget

  • Always ensure your own safety;
  • parent birds don’t reject babies that have been handled by humans;
  • do not offer food or water as it can be inappropriate or dangerous for the bird.


  • Black Sole
  • Estuary Perch
  • Golden Weedfish
  • Long-finned Eel
  • Striped Gudgeon
  • Southern Herring
  • Striped Anglerfish
  • Tailor
  • Yellowfin Bream

Visit Department of Primary Industries for more information.


  • Brown-striped Marsh Frog
  • Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog
  • Giant Burrowing Frog
  • Peron's Tree Frog
  • Red-crowned Toadlet

Visit our frog profiles for more information

Frog & Tadpole Study Group of NSW


  • Freshwater Snail
  • Predacious Diving Beetle
  • Semaphore Crab
  • Soldier Crab
  • Striped Crayfish
  • Whirligig Water Beetle


  • Eastern Pygmy Possum
  • Grey-headed Flying Fox
  • Little Forest Bat
  • Long-nosed Bandicoot
  • Platypus
  • Short-beaked Echidna
  • Sugar Glider
  • Swamp Wallaby


  • Blue-tongued Lizard
  • Broad-headed Snake
  • Diamond Python
  • Eastern Brown Snake
  • Eastern Long-necked Turtle
  • Eastern Water Dragon
  • Eastern Water Skink
  • Golden Crowned Snake
  • Heath Monitor
  • Lace Monitor 
  • Marsh Snake
  • Red-bellied Black Snake
  • Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko
  • Stone Gecko

Visit The Australian Herpetological Society of Australia for more information.

Pest and feral animals

Learn about the pest and feral animals in our area, how you can help to protect our native fauna by reporting feral animals and find out about our fox and rabbit control programs.


Ticks are bloodsucking, external parasites that are often encountered by people. Ticks belong to the order Acarina, which also contains mites. The Australian tick fauna consists of approximately 75 species that can be divided into two families - soft ticks (Family Argasidae) and hard ticks (Family Ixodidae). Ticks can cause mild to life threatening reactions. Visit our Ticks page for more information.

Injured animals 

For all animals, let WIRES know as soon as possible by calling 1300 094 737.

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Related documents

Ku-ring-gai Biodiversity and Riparian Lands study (pdf. 5MB) 

Biodiversity Policy

Fauna Friends Brochure Birds (pdf. 3MB)

Fauna Friends Brochure Frogs (pdf. 3MB)

Fauna Friends Brochure Invertebrates (pdf. 3MB)

Fauna Friends Brochure Lizards (pdf. 3MB)

Rats (Rattus rattus) (pdf. 366KB)