Wildlife species of the Scenic Rm

Some species in the Scenic Rim

This list will be gradually added to, but because of the tremendous diversity here it will never be complete! 


Monotremes (egg-laying mammals)

  • Platypus  (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)
  • Echidna  (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

Marsupials (young born in embryonic condition and raised in pouches or between pouch-like flaps)

  • Carnivorous marsupials – common dunnart (Sminthsopsis murina), dunnartfaceyellow-footed antechinus (Antechinus flavipes), brown antechinus (Antechinus stuartii), subtropical antechinus (Antechinus subtropicus), brush-tailed phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa), spotted-tailed quoll  (Dasyurus maculatus);
  • Bandicoots – long-nosed bandicoot  (Perameles nasuta), northern brown bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus)
  • Possums and gliders – eastern pigmy possum  (Cercartetus nanus), common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus), common brushtail possum  (Trichosurus vulpecula), short-eared possum (Trichosurus caninus), feathertail glider (Acrobates pygmaeus), sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps), squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis), yellow-bellied glider (Petaurus australis), greater glider (Petauroides volans)
  • Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)
  • Brush-tailed rock wallaby

    Brush-tailed rock wallaby

    Kangaroos and kin – long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus), rufous bettong (Aepyprymnus rufescens), red-legged pademelon (Thylogale stigmatica), red-necked pademelon (Thylogale thetis), swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolor), brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata), red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus), black-striped wallaby (Macropus dorsalis), whiptail (pretty face) wallaby (Macropus parryi), eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus)

Placentals (All other mammals – Unborn young nourished by placenta)

  • Rodents – Australian water rat (Hydromys chrysogaster), Bush rat (Rattus fuscipes), Swamp rat (Rattus luterolus), Fawn-footed Melomys (Melomys cervinipes), Grassland Melomys (Melomys burtonii), Hastings River mouse (Pseudomys oralis, endangered), Eastern chestnut mouse (Pseudomys gracilicaudatus), feral rodents (black rat Rattus rattus, brown rat Rattus norvegicus, house mouse Mus muscles)
  • Bats – Black flying-fox, grey-headed flying-fox, little red flying-fox, tube-nosed bat, blossom bat, horseshoe bat, Gould’s long-eared bat, little bent-wing bat, many other microbes


  • Quails and kin  – Australian brush turkey, stubble quail, brown quail
  • Pelicans and kin – Australian pelican, little pied cormorant, great cormorant, little black cormorant, Australian darter
  • Grebes – Australasian grebe, great crested grebe
  • Storks – Black-necked stork
  • Ducks and kin – black swan, black duck, grey teal, chestnut teal,hqrdhead duck, pink-eared duck, plumed whistling duck, wandering whistling duck, wood (maned) duck, magpie goose
  • Button-qualls – black-breasted button-quail,
  • Swamphens and kin – dusky moor-hen, Eurasian coot, Australasian (purple) swamphen
  • Herons and kin – white-faced heron, white-necked heron, nankeen night-heron, cattle egret, intermediate egret, little egret, great egret, yellow-billed spoonbill, royal spoonbill, white ibis, strawnecked ibis, glossy ibis
  • Waders – buff-banded rail, black-winged stilt, comb-crested jacana, black-shouldered (masked) lapwing, red-kneed dotterell, black-fronted dotterell
  • Raptors – brown falcon, peregrine falcon, Australian hobby, nankeen kestrel, Pacifc baza, wedge-tailed eagle, little eagle, whistling kite, black-shouldered kite, white-breasted sea-eagle, black kite, square-tailed kite, grey goshawk, brown goshawk, collared sparrow hawk, osprey, swamp harrier
  • Pigeons and doves – brown cuckoo dove, wompoo fruitdove, rose-crowned fruitdove, superb fruitdove, topknot pigeon, crested pigeon, bar-shouldered dove, emerald dove, wonga pigeon, white-headed pigeon
  • Parrots and cockatoos – crimson rosella, eastern rosella, pale-headed rosella, galah, king parrot, rainbow lorikeet, scaly-breasted lorikeet, red-tailed black cockatoo, glossy black cockatoo, yellow-tailed black cockatoo, little corella, long-billed corella, sulphur-crested cockatoo
  • Cuckoos – channel-billed cuckoo, common koel, fantailed cuckoo, brush cuckoo, pallid cuckoo, shining bronze-cuckoo, pheasant coucal
  • Swifts – needletail
  • Nightjars and kin – tawny frogmouth, marbled frogmouth, owlet nightjar, white-throated nightjar
  • Owls – barn owl, sooty owl, powerful owl, barking owl,  booboos owl
  • Kingfishers and kin  – dollarbird, rainbow bee-eater, forest kingfisher, sacred kingfisher, azure kingfisher, laughing kookaburra, blue-singe kookaburra
  • Lyrebirds – Albert’s lyrebird
  • Fairywrens – red-backed fairywren, superb fairywren, varied fairywren
  • Honeyeaters – noisy miner, bell miner, blue-faced honeyeater, Lewin’s Honeyeater, noisy friarbird, friarbird, yellow-faced honeyeater, white-throated honeyeater, scarlet myzomela (scarlet honeyeater), brown honeyeater, eastern spinebill, others
  • Thornbills and kin – brown gerygone, white-throated gerygone, buff-rumped thornbill, yellow thornbill, striated thornbill, brown thornbill, white-browed scrub-wren, yellow-throated scrubwren, large-billed scrubwren
  • Whistlers and kin – golden whistler, rufous whistler, grey shrikethrush, little shrikethrush
  • Cuckoo-shrikes and kin – black-faced cuckoo shrike, barred (yellow-eyed) cuckoo shrike, cicada bird, varied triller, white-winged triller
  • Currawongs and kin – Australian magpie, pied burrawong, grey butcherbird, pied butcherbird
  • Australian robins – eastern yellow robin, pale yellow robin, rose robin, jacky winter
  • Monarchs and flycatchers – magpielark, black-faced monarch, spectacled monarch, restless flycatcher, leaden flycatcher
  • Fantails – grey fantail, Rufus fantail, willy wagtail
  • Bowerbirds and kin – satin bowerbird, regent bowerbird, green catbird
  • Finches and mannakins – red-browed finch, double-barred finch, zebra finch, chestnut-breasted mannikin, European sparrow (introduced)
  • Swallows and kin – welcome swallow, tree martin, fairy martin
  • Various others – rufous scrub-bird, noisy pitta, log-runner, varied sitella, white-throated tree-creeper, eastern whipbird, grey-crowned babbler, figbird, olive-backed oriole, spangled drongo, striated pardalote, spotted pardalote, eastern bristebird (critically endangered), crested shriketit, russet-tailed thrush, Bassian thrush, mistletoebird, Richard’s pipit, silvereye, spangled drongo, paradise riflebird (a bird of paradise), Torresian crow, tawny grassbird, golden-headed cisticola, many more



  • Monitors (goannas) – Lace monitor (Varenas varius), sand monitor (rarely nowadays)
  • Dragons – bearded dragon (Pogona barbata), easter water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii),
  • Skinks – land mullet ( Egernia major), major skink (Egernia freer), blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua scincoides), pink-tongued skink (Cyclodomorphus gerrardii), Verreux’s skink (Anomalopus verreauxii),
  • Flap-footed (legless) lizards – Burton’s snake-lizard (Lialis burtonis), common Delma (Delma plebeia),
  • Geckos – robust velvet gecko (Oedura robusta), Asian house gecko (introduced: Hemidactylus frenatus)



  • Tree frogs and kin – green treefrog (Litoria caerulea), eastern sedge frog (Litoria fallax), orange-eyed tree frog (Litoria chloris), emerald spotted treefrog, bleating treefrog (Litoria dentata), purple treefrog (Litoria rubella), whistling treefrog (Litoria ), broad-palmed rocket-frog (Litoria latopalmata), striped rocket-frog (Litoria nasuta), dainty tree frog (Litoria gracilenta), Peron’s treefrog (Litoria peroni), stony creek frog (Litoria wilcoxi), Tyler’s tree frog (Litoria tyleri), Striped burrowing frog (Cyclorana alboguttata)
  • Southern frogs (Myobatrachidae) – great barred frog (Mixophyes fasciolatus), giant barred frog (Mixophyes iteratus), Fleay’s frog (Mixophyes fleayi), hip-pocket (marsupial pouched) frog (Assa darlingtoni), clicking froglet, tusked frog (Adelotus brevis), eastern sign-bearing frog (Crinia parinsignifera),Spotted Marsh Frog (Limnodynastes tasmaniensis), ornate burrowing frog (Opisthodon ornatus), red-backed toadlet (Pseudophryne coriacea),


long-finned eel (Anguilla reinhardtii), eel-tailed catfish (Tandanus tandanus), freshwater mullet (Myxus petardi), carp (introduced), Australian smelt (Retropinna semoni)


Butterflies –

  • yellows and whites (Pieridae) – caper white (Belenois java), common grass yellow (), jezebel,
  • nymphs and browns (Nymphalidae) –  common crow, jezebel nymph, varied egg fly, monarch (introduced), blue tiger, lesser wanderer
  • blue, coppers and jewels (Lycaenidae) – fiery jewel,
  • swallowtails (Papilionidae) – Richmond birdwing, blue triangle, orchard swallowtail,
  • skippers (Hesperidae) – palm dart, regent skipper,

Moths – many! (at our Bioblitz on Tamborine Mountain Professor Roger Kitching collected many species, including a few new to science – and that’s just six nights in one small part of the region)

Bees – many native bees, including sugar bag bees, teddy bear Beas and blue-banded bees

Ants – many species

Wasps – mud wasps, paper wasps, many others

Beetles – many!

Lacewings –

Stoneflies –

Caddisflies –

Mayflies –

True bugs –

Cicadas and kin –



Primitive spiders – funnel-web (no fatalities in Queensland), trapdoors

Other spiders – leaf-curl, golden orb-weaver, other orb-weavers, jewel (spiny) spider, Andrew’s cross spider, many others (some really quite beautiful)

Other arthropods

Scorpions (not lethal, and quite shy), Lamington Crays (large blue freshwater crayfish sometimes encountered on walking tracks on damp days)

Other invertebrates

One of the most diverse arrays of Gondwana-related snail species in Australia is in the Scenic Rim

Giant panda snail, others

Trees and shrubs

Many rainforest species, such as figs, laurels (relate to avocados), lilypillies, southern beeches, booyongs, many, many more, included in https://rainforests.net.au/product/rainforest-trees-shrubs-second-edition/ (which also covers rainforest plants in southeaster Australia and up to central Queensland)


A great variety of woody lianes and more delicate vines and creepers in the rainforest (included in https://rainforests.net.au/product/rainforest-climbing-plants/, (which also covers rainforest vines in southeaster Australia and up to central Queensland), and a few in bushland.

Other plants

About 100 orchid species, also many lilies, ferns, mosses and others


A tremendous variety.  Very noticeable are some of the bracket fungi growing on trees and fallen logs in rainforests.