Spotted Pardalote and Mainland She‑oak Skink Spotted Pardalote and Mainland She‑oak Skink  (Alan Page)
What Blue Mountains Fauna Is That?

Weasel Skink Weasel Skink  (Alan Page)
There's over 420 native fauna species in the Greater Blue Mountains - if we exclude invertebrates (insects, spiders, butterflies, etc.).

By "fauna" we mean animals - specifically mammals, birds, lizards and frogs.

The aim of this webpage is to help you identify any new bird or lizard or frog that you see in your garden or in the bush.

Like the lizard I found in my compost bin (a Weasel Skink), or the snake at Tara's back door (a Diamond Python).

It’s always best to be cautious of any animal as they may see you as a predator and get a bit toey. Or worse still, they may see you as their lunch.

Diamond Python Diamond Python  (Tara Cameron)
Also provided is some advice on invertebrates - after all 96% of Australia's fauna are invertebrates.

And introduced species (often referred to feral animals) are also referenced.

There's several sources you can access to try to identify the "critter" yourself, plus some Facebook groups you can contact.

Always interested in receiving suggestions for other sources - email the Webmaster

Blue Mountains Fauna Inventory

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The Blue Mountains Fauna Inventory provides a comprehensive source of information on our local fauna. It's an incredible document.

It provides images and descriptions of animals found in the Blue Mountains City Council area. Maps of where the animals have been observed is also included and the number of observations.

Although it's a 36MB download, once downloaded its 429 pages is an invaluable reference source.

Here it is - Blue Mountains Fauna Inventory

Some Background

The purpose of the Blue Mountains Fauna Project was to collate publicly available records from a variety of databases and information from the Blue Mountains community.

Data was collected through an interactive map on Council’s website. Community members were invited to drop “pins” on the map with details of fauna sighted. Records were also provided by community members via email. Research was undertaken for historical records including the writings of early European explorers.

Other data sources included Birdlife Australia Atlas, Bionet and eBird.

There were over 307,000 records collated during the project.

A total of 455 native species were recorded from all sources. Of these, 363 had three or more records with reasonable currency (post 1997).

Native Fauna Of The GBMWHA

Blue Mountains Tree Frog Blue Mountains Tree Frog  (Kate Smith)
Judy and Peter Smith’s Native Fauna Of The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (GBMWHA) is a detailed checklist divided into mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs.

It includes the GBMWHA reserve where they have been observed and how recent that sighting is.

Also indicated is whether it is a threatened species, and whether the species is now thought to be extinct.

This is supported by their book - Native Fauna Of The GBMWHA.

This 172 page book has 200 of Peter's photos and drawings from daughter Kate.

It's available via email or at Blue Mountains bookshops.

Blue Mountains Fauna Facebook Groups

jumping spider a jumping spider  (Alan Page)
There's two Facebook groups in the Blue Mountains that may be able to help you identify your find.

The first is the Blue Mountains Fauna Group. It's the permanent continuation of the original Facebook page set up for the one year Blue Mountains Fauna Inventory Project featured above. Its purpose is to continue the monitoring, identification and discussion around fauna in the Blue Mountains.

The second concerns Blue Mountains Butterflies, Bugs and Insects.

Australia has about 100,000 identified invertebrate species - but the estimated total is over 300,000.

Both Facebooks are worth a regular visit to simply enjoy and marvel at our fauna and the encounters others are having.

Other Sources

feral kitten feral kitten  (Alan Page)
There are of course hundreds of websites that contain Australian native fauna. And while you may be able to get clues on what species it is you're looking for - it is best to only accept details from the reputable ones.

Here's a few sources -

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