A brief guide to Canberra wildlife

April 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Crimson Rosella

Range: Eastern and southern Australia

Diet: Fruits, seeds, berries, nuts

Conservation status: Least concern

If you see one: Do not gawk and fumble for your camera. You will immediately out yourself as a gauche foreigner who grew up thinking that the natural habitat of parrots was the local pet shop.

Galah

Range: most of Australia

Diet: Fruits, seeds, berries, nuts

Conservation status: Least concern

If you see one: See ‘Crimson rosella’

 

Eastern grey kangaroo

Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Range: Eastern Australia

Diet: In theory, grasses; in reality, has a marked liking for the exhibits in the National Botanical Gardens (whose website delicately notes that kangaroos ‘are not encouraged’)

Conservation status: Judging from the number of restaurants in Canberra offering it on the menu, least concern… I hope

If you see one: Do not challenge it to a boxing match. You’ll be sorry.

 

Canberra hipsters

Canberra Hipster

Range: Severely restricted – confined almost entirely to Lonsdale Street, which is a mere two blocks long

Diet: Flat whites, bircher muesli, sourdough toast

Conservation status: Extremely endangered. This species is thought to be an offshoot of either the Sydney Hipster or the Melbourne Hipster that, by a geographical fluke, has become isolated and evolved separately.

If you see one: Be kind. The life of the Canberra Hipster is not an easy one.

Advertisements

Tagged:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

What’s this?

You are currently reading A brief guide to Canberra wildlife at Dreams on Paper.

meta

%d bloggers like this: