Conservation of Significant Fauna

The City helps to conserve specially protected fauna species, listed as Threatened or Priority by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Some of these species are described below:

CAN011 Sian-Mawson smallRainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus).
Photo courtesy of Sian Mawson:
Friends of Queens Park Bushland.
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

The Rainbow Bee-eater is a blue-green coloured bird up to 25 cm in length. This rare bird occurs mainly in open forests, woodlands or shrublands. It feeds on bees, wasps, earthworms, spiders and tadpoles. Protecting suitable habitat and controlling feral predators will be important for the future survival of this species.

 

 

  

 

 

CAN012 Sian-Mawson smallPhoto courtesy of Sian Mawson: Friends of Queens Park Bushland. CAN013 small
Carnaby's Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) & Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)

The Carnaby's Black Cockatoo and Red-tailed Black Cockatoo are two large black birds known to occur in the City of Canning. These birds rely on mature trees such as Marri (Corymbia calophylla) for feeding and roosting. Retaining and planting species such as Marri (Corymbia calophylla) Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala), Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata), Slender Banksia (Banksia attenuata), Firewood Banksia (Banksia menziesii) and Two-leaved Hakea (Hakea trifurcata) in gardens and natural areas will help these species to survive in the midst of our urban environment. For further information on how you can make a difference by using local native plants in your garden, download the pdfChoose for Black-Cockatoos brochure or visit Birdlife Australia's website.

 

 

CAN017 Sian-Mawson smallQuenda (Isoodon obesulus
subsp. fusciventer).
Photo courtesy of Sian Mawson:
Friends of Queens Park Bushland
Quenda (Isoodon obesulus subsp. fusciventer)

The Quenda is a small marsupial with coarse dark grey and yellow fur and a slender tail up to 16 cm. Quendas are under threat from predation by cats and foxes, habitat loss and road kill. The City, with assistance from volunteer groups and residents is helping to protect this species by maintaining and enhancing their preferred habitat, creating wildlife corridors and controlling exotic predators. Please watch out for quenda whilst driving as they may stray onto the road.

 

 

 

 

 

References

Department of Environment and Conservation 2013, Fauna profile Quenda Isoodon obesulus (Shaw, 1979), Government of Western Australia.

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 2013, Merops ornatus in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat.

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 2004, Australian Threatened Species: Carnaby's Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/black-cockatoo.html.

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (2013). Calyptorhynchus banksii naso in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Canberra. Available from: http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat.