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A range of fauna have been identified, ranging through birds, frogs, reptiles, and marsupials. Over the past eight years, the presence of these fauna have been detected by:

  • bird watching and listening with experts from Birds of Australia;
  • scats, foot prints, diggings and trapping of marsupials with a wild life vet
  • listening to frog calls, catching tadpoles and frogs
  • looking for and identifiying reptiles

Actions such as plantings, pond restorations, and weed removal have helped to improve the habitat of these fauna and encourage numbers and varieties to prosper on the reserve .


Compiled by Peter Marmion

Bird Name


1. Brown Quail

Found in areas of thick grass

2. Australian Wood Duck

Grazes near water, often perches in trees

3. Pacific Black Duck

Very common and abundant

4. White Bellied Sea Eagle

Occasionally seen overflying Knocklofty

5. Brown Goshawk

Secretive but widespread and common

6. Grey (White) Goshawk

Regularly seen  Knocklofty and W.Hobart

7. Collared sparrowhawk

Looks simial to Brown Goshawk but smaller

8. Wedge-tailed Eagle

Sometimes seen near Mt. Wellington

9. Brown Falcon

Common. Brown tear stripe is diagnostic

10. Australian Hobby

A rare visitor; very rapid in flight

11. Peregrine Falcon

A powerful flyer

12. Tasmanian Native Hen

Tasmanian endemic

13. Masked Lapwing

Commonly called Spurwing Plover

14. Pacific Gull

Associated with McRobies Gully Tip

15. Kelp Gull

16. Silver Gull

17. Spotted Turtle Dove

Call a mellow coo or coo coo

18. Common Bronzewing

Call a very monotonous oom-oom

19. Brush Bronzewing

Brown stripe through eye is diagnostic

20. Yellow tailed Black Cockatoo

Regularly seen in banksias near reservoir

21. Sulphur crested Cockatoo

Regularly seen on Knocklofty and in West Hobart

22. Musk Lorikeet

Noisy flocks frequently seen feeding on blossom

23. Green Rosella

Tasmanian endemic

24. Eastern Rosella

Red head and chest

25. Swift Parrot

Migratory. Numbers declining (endangered) but regularly seen on Knocklofty in spring/summer

26. Pallid Cuckoo

Migratory – largest of Tasmnia’s cuckoos

27. Fan-tailed Cuckoo

Like all our cuckoos unable to make nest

28. Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo

Uncommon migrant

29. Shining Bronze Cuckoo

Metallic green bronze colouring

30. Southern Boobook

Often hear calling boo-book or mo-poke

31. Masked Owl

Rarely seen seeding near street lights

32. Tawny Frogmouth

Regularly seen feeding near street lights

33. White throated Needletail

Often seen in large flocks in late summer/early autumn

34. Laughing Kookaburra

Introduced into Tasmnania

35. Superb Fairy Wren

Common on Knocklofty

36. Spotted Pardalote

Monotonous high pitched sleep baby call

37. Striated Pardalote

Repetitive pick-id-up call

38. Brown Thornbill

Very busy. Often seen in the canopy

39. Tasmanian Thornbill

More common in wetter sites

40. Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Largest thornbill. Regularly seen in groups feeding on the ground

41. Yellow Wattlebird

Largest honeyeater. Endemic

42. Little Wattlebird

Heavily white streaked plumage

43. Noisy Minor

Often in noisy, aggressive flocks

44. Yellow-throated Honeyeater

Very common endemic

45. Strong-billed Honeyeater

White eyestripe flocks. Endemic

46. Blackheaded Honeyeater

Often in noisy flocks. Endemic

47. Crescent Honeyeater

Egypt call

48. New Holland Honeyeater

Streaked black & white plumage with yellow wing patch

49. Eastern Spinebill

Rufous colouring

50. Scarlet Robin

Most common robin on Knocklofty

51. Flame Robin

Partly migratory

52. Pink Robin

Prefers wet forest

53. Dusky Robin

Larger & more robust appearance compared to other robins

54. Olive Whistler

Low sweet whistle often with whipcrack at the end

55. Golden Whistler

Males have beautiful yellow plumage

56. Grey Shrike Thrush

Beautiful joe whitty call

57. Satin flycatcher

Common summer migrant

58. Grey fantail

Sometimes known as Cranky Fan

59. Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike

Common summer migrant. Shuffles wings on alighting

60. Dusky Woodswallow

Common summer migrant.

61. Grey Butcherbird

Common resident

62. Australian Magpie


63. Black Currawond

Common endemic

64. Grey Currawong

Common nomadic. Clinking call

65. Forest Raven


66. House Sparrow

Introduced in 19th Century

67. Beautiful Firetail

Red rump is diagnostic

68. Greenfinch

Looks like a canary. Introduced

69. Goldfinch

Introduced in 1880’s. Red, black, yellow and white markings

70. Welcome Swallow

Common summer migrant. Forked tail

71. Tree Martin

Common summer migrant. Square tail

72. Silver Eye

White eye ring

73. Ground Thrush

Common resident. Prefers wet forest

74. Blackbird

Introduced to Tasmania in 1930’s

75. Starling

Introduced to Tasmania in 1860


Tasmanian mammals
Eastern quoll
Eastern barred bandicoot
Southern brown bandicoot
Tasmanian pademelon
Bennett's wallaby
Tasmanian bettong (probable - skull found)
Long-nosed potoroo
Common brush-tail possum
Ring-tail possum
Eastern pygmy possum (probable)
Swamp rat

Feral (introduced) mammals
House mouse
Black rat
Feral cat


Brown tree frog (common)
Tasmanian froglet
Eastern banjo frog
Spotted marsh frog (common)
Southern toadlet
Common froglet (common)


Blue-tongue lizard
Tiger snake
White-lipped or whip snake (probable)
Mountain dragon
Numerous skink species not keyed out as yet in various habitats grasslands, dry woodland and rocky dolerite areas.



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swift parrot
Swift Parrot (David Watts)

fauna pic

Blue Tongue Lizard

brown tree frog
Brown Tree Frog (Peter Brown)