Wildlife and Fauna

fauna 

Ku-ring-gai’s amazing biodiversity stems from its varied habitats, ranging from mangrove mudflats to tall open forest. Over 690 fauna species live in Ku-ring-gai, including invertebrates and fish.

Some of the species found in Ku-ring-gai include:

Fauna monitoring

We undertake extensive fauna monitoring to inform and prioritise management of native wildlife in the Ku-ring-gai area, and improve our understanding of the diversity and distribution of species within the local area. This monitoring includes on-the-ground surveying work, observations from the community and increasingly the use of sophisticated remote cameras and other monitoring equipment, particularly for nocturnal and cryptic species.

In 2015 and 2016, Council partnered with a community organisation, Wild Things NSW, to conduct a fauna monitoring project aimed at defining the distribution of the tiny Eastern Pygmy Possum, which is listed as vulnerable under the NSW Threatened Species Act.

The results of this project have been both fascinating and surprising. You can read the results in the report below.

Distribution of Eastern Pygmy Possums (Cercartetus nanus) in the Ku-ring-gai LGA  (pdf. 3MB)

Mammals

Grey-headed Flying Fox, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Swamp Wallaby, Platypus, Long-nosed Bandicoot, Sugar Glider, Short-beaked Echidna, Little Forest Bat, Eastern Water Dragon, Eastern Long-necked Turtle, Diamond Python, Stone Gecko, Lace Monitor.

Birds

Brown Goshawk, Azure Kingfisher, White-faced Heron, Great Egret, Brush Turkey, Double-banded Plover, Eastern Whipbird, Pied Currawong, Brown Falcon, Superb Fairy-wren, White-eared Honeyeater, Willie Wagtail, Superb Lyrebird, Eastern Yellow Robin, Broad-billed Sandpiper

Fish

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

Frogs

Green Tree Frog, Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog, Rocket Frog, Brown-striped Marsh Frog. View our frog profiles

Invertebrates

Freshwater Snail, Striped Barnacle, Predacious Diving Beetle, Whirligig Water Beetle, Soldier Crab, Semaphore Crab, Striped Crayfish, Eastern King Prawn

Ticks

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. 

Threatened species

Rose-crowned Fruit Dove, Diamond Firetail, Barking Owl, Powerful Owl, Macquarie Perch, Giant Burrowing Frog, Red-crowned Toadlet, Grey-headed Flying Fox, Eastern Pygmy-possum, Koala, Eastern Quoll, Heath Monitor. For a full list of recorded species download our Biodiversity Policy

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.

Found an injured animal?

Let WIRES know as soon as possible by calling 1300 094 737.

Did you know?

The very first sighting of a kookaburra in Australia occurred in Ku-ring-gai on 15 April 1788. Governor Phillip’s expedition party spotted the bird and described it as a ‘brown Kingfisher’.

Related documents

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)

Ticks General Information  (pdf. 43KB) 

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