Image CC0 Public Domain This article was originally published by the University of Western Australia. Read the original article. New research from The University of Western Australia has shed light on why some invasive plants make a better comeback after a fire, outstripping native species in the race for resources. The findings, published today in Nature…

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Video above – this fire fighting thing could get expensive. Associated Press: Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of […]

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Found this little fella in my yard yesterday The gang-gang cockatoo is found in the cooler and wetter forests and woodlands of Australia, particularly alpine bushland. Mostly mild grey in colour with some lighter scalloping, the male has a red head and crest, while the female has a small fluffy grey crest. Dutch Goes The […]

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Pink Robin.


pink-robinA male pink robin (Petroica rodinogaster), a species found in south-east Australia. Image Credit: JJ Harrison/Wikimedi
by Becky Crew
IF YOU’RE A WINTER baby like me, you probably feel like you were born in the wrong hemisphere, especially around Christmas time.
While everyone else is looking forward to a December filled with seafood, salads, and sun-baking, all I can think about is huge roast dinners, mulled beverages, and greeting cards illustrated with fat little Christmas robins all puffed up against a background of snow and pine needles.
But while the northern hemisphere might have some very pretty red robins, Australia has something that I think is even better – pink robins.
Endemic to the dense, temperate and tropical forests of southeastern Australia, the pink robin (Petroica rodinogaster) is a plump little bird that weighs just 10g.
The species displays striking sexual dimorphism – only the males are decorated in that…

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