Meet South Bank Parklands residents - Visit Brisbane


Meet South Bank Parklands residents

South Bank Parklands is home to a quirky array of wildlife. You may or may not have met our residents, so we’ve arranged an online meet and greet!

Dusky Moorhen

Dusky Moorhens

Water is their jam! ‘Moorhen’ is derived from ‘mere hen’ meaning bird of the lakes. Moorhens live and feed in reed lined areas close to bodies of water. 

At the end of the day they don’t kick their feet up, they stand in group roosting platforms to sleep, surrounded by plant life and water. 

Female moorhens are liberated; they know what they want. The females initiate the relationships with all of the males in the group, unlike many other species. 

Stone Curlew

Stone Curlews

Stone curlews have a ghost like call that can be quite eerie at night time, but don’t let that frighten you. These birds are shy, mainly nocturnal creatures that can be distinguished by their large yellow eyes and prominent ‘on fleek’, eyebrows. 

Their numbers have declined due to loss of habitat and predators such as foxes and feral cats. But we are stoked that they have chosen the beautiful South Bank Parklands to call home. 

Eastern Water Dragon

Eastern Water Dragon

He may or may not be Australia’s most ancient breed of lizard - the jury is still out. The eastern water dragon is found all over Brisbane but loves South Bank Parklands most of all. 

Aquativity and the many gardens satisfy his needs perfectly. Picnic Island is his favourite lunch location and who can blame him? Water dragons are omnivorous and consume insects, fruit, berries, mollusks, worms, frogs and even other small reptiles.

Brush Tail Possum

Brush Tail Possum

Our friend the brush tail possum loves the nightlife. Their humble abode or den is often a hollowed out tree or log however in urban areas they prefer something slightly more sophisticated like your roof. These cute little critters indulge in tree foliage, fruit and other food scraps.  

Channel-billed Cuckoo

Channel-billed Cuckoos

Channel-billed cuckoos are the largest species of cuckoo in Australia. These birds are ace at deception, preferring a feathers-off parenting style. They lay their eggs in the nest of another bird, usually fellow resident of the Parklands, like the pied currawong, magpie or crow. Then, the other birds foster and raise their young. 

The cuckoos enjoy a diet of native figs, fruit, insects and sometimes baby birds. They are keen travelers and holiday in Australia between August and March. Come down to the South Bank Parklands and see if you can spot one in a tall tree!

Australian Rock Dove

Australian Rock Dove 

His nicknames include pigeon, pigey and “go away!” While their diet is mainly seeds, they also eat whatever we drop from our plates when we are dining out in South Bank. But a guy’s got to eat right?

The Australian rock dove has a beautiful green tinge to its feathers that reflects in the sun. Hobbies include nest construction on buildings, scratching among the leaves, scavenging for food, cooing and general roosting.

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