Wildlife in Logan
Within Logan City, at least 56 species of native mammals, 273 species of birds, 58 native reptile species, 27 native frogs and many fish and insect species all have been recorded. Although all of these native animals are special to Logan, there are a few stand-out significant species that need to be highlighted for our attention.
Logan City Council has developed a brochure will help you discover the significant animal species that live in Logan, what they look like, what they eat, where they live in our local area and what threatens their existence.
This brochure outlines some native animals that are recorded in Logan as either Near-threatened, Vulnerable or Endangered under Queensland Law, specifically under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. In addition, there are some species in Logan that are listed as Vulnerable or Endangered under the Australian Government's Law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. These two forms of legislation provide a legal framework to protect and manage state and nationally significant plants and animals.
The animals in this booklet are considered significant as there are not a lot of these animals left in the wild. Each species has been subjected to a range of situations which has led to their decline, however in general there are a range of common processes which threaten their survival. These include:
- habitat loss and/or modification, including loss of nesting, shelter and foraging habitat
- competition, predation and/or injuries by feral species, including foxes, rabbits, cane toads as well as domestic and feral cats and dogs
- motor vehicle strikes causing injury or death
- waterway and wetland modification, degradation and pollution
- changes in fire regimes.
Download Threatened Wildlife of Logan (PDF 7188 KB) brochure
In addition to these 24 state and federally listed threatened species, there are a range of locally significant and/or migratory fauna in Logan, including:
- Platypus (PDF 234 KB)
- Gliding marsupials (PDF 360 KB)
- Wallabies (PDF 380 KB)
- Local Significant Birds (PDF 549 KB)
- Migratory Significant Birds (PDF 450 KB)
Council supports the conservation of these species through the protection of bushlands, wetlands and waterways via the Logan Planning Scheme and local laws, as well as promoting sustainable development, land acquisitions for conservation purposes, community education and rehabilitation of important areas. After all, we are one of a small number of areas in South East Queensland that is lucky enough to have such a range of native Australian animals living in our backyards, and we should ensure they continue doing so for many years to come.
So why not get involved in helping these very special members of our community through following our 'What can you do?' guide in the Threatened Wildlife of Logan (PDF 7188 KB) brochure or become involved in one of our Council-run programs, including:
- Land For Wildlife
- Voluntary Conservation Agreements
- Voluntary Conservation Covenants
- Environmental Events & Activities
- Free Trees
- Native Fish Program: Council provides native fish to residents wanting to control mosquitoes in their backyard. Contact the Animal Management Centre for more information.
Logan City has a rich and varied birdlife, with 273 bird species recorded by BirdLife Australia (formerly BrisBOCA - Brisbane and Gold Coast Regional Office of the Bird Observers Club of Australia), as of January 2011. Logan has a large array of natural wildlife areas including parks, wetlands and reserves, that provide a range of habitat for various birds to feed, nest and breed.
A Council LEAG-UE grant helped BrisBOCA to produce three booklets on birds and their habitats within Logan City. These booklets are designed to better inform the community of the existence of wildlife corridors, reserves and parks throughout the city where different avian wildlife could be found in a range of habitats.
- Where to see birds in Logan Central (PDF 305 KB)
- Where to see birds in Logan East (PDF 247 KB)
- Where to see birds in Logan West (PDF 272 KB)
The Glossy Black-Cockatoo
South-East Queensland is home to one of the most significant populations of Australia's rarest and most threatened species of Australia's cockatoos - The Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami). The entire Australian population is estimated to be less than 18,000 birds and is restricted to eastern and south-eastern Australia. The Glossy Black-Cockatoo is so rare due to a number of factors such as:
- habitat clearance;
- its very specific diet consisting of the seeds from she-oak cones; and
- a slow reproduction rate of one egg laid every two years.
Logan City Council is one of 20 partners of the Glossy Black Conservancy, a group formed in 2005 and made up of local and state government agencies, community groups and other organisations. The Conservancy seeks to increase the knowledge and understanding of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo's feeding patterns, habitat and distribution. This information can be used at a local and regional level for the planning and management of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo population.
Glossy Black-Cockatoos can be confused with other Cockatoos such as the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos and Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos in South East Queensland.
- Glossy Black-Cockatoos have a broad, bulbous bill; a dull, brownish tinge on the head and breast; and a low, rounded crest.
- Adult males are easily distinguished from females and juveniles by the uniform chocolate brown head and neck and solid red tail panels. Females and juveniles have patches and speckles of yellow around the head and neck and the tail panels include not only red, but also yellow often with black bars.
- They are also quiet and usually occur in small groups (2-3). They leave distinctive, chewed she-oak cones as evidence - when identifying it helps to search for these as well.
- Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos are 'blacker', louder, often in large flocks and have a large, helmet like crest. Females have yellow speckles on the wings and chest as well as around the throat.
- Only Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos have purely yellow panels in their tail (i.e. no red present) and also have a yellow disc of colour over the ear area. They are also louder and often occur in large groups.
Each year the Conservancy organises a Glossy-Black Cockatoo Birding Day. The objective of this event is to undertake a census to gain a better estimate of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo population size regionally, enabling researchers to assess the viability of the population, as well as determine habitat areas of frequent use. This information helps to create and improve conservation strategies for this threatened species.
You can help contribute to the conservation of this species by participating in the next Glossy-Black Cockatoo. For more information, go to Council's Free Environmental Activities or visit the Glossy-Black Conservancy website.
Snakes are an important part of our environment and are often misunderstood. It is important to remember
that, like all native animals, snakes are protected under State Legislation Nature Conservation Act 1992 and that harming a snake is an offence under this legislation. For further information check out the Snakes Information Factsheet (PDF 649 KB).
Wildlife Movement Solutions Working Group
South-East Queensland contains significant natural areas of high conservation value which provide home to a rich diversity of natural wildlife species, however they are coming under increasing threat as areas become more urbanised. Roads, associated with urban growth, can extensively subdivide bushland patches and wildlife populations, with the most direct and obvious impact being animal-vehicle collisions. Animal-vehicle collisions (often resulting in wildlife roadkill) are a political, ethical and ecological issue that necessitates mitigation strategies.
Representatives from Logan City Council are working together with officers from Brisbane City Council, Redland City Council, Queensland Environmental Protection Agency, Queensland Department of Main Roads and the community and have formed the Wildlife Movement Solutions Working Group. This working group has developed the Wildlife Movement Solutions Trial Zone project which is trialing and testing small cost effective management solutions designed to reduce wildlife roadkill.
The aim of this project is to change both driver and wildlife behaviour in a significant roadkill hotspot area which spans three local government areas throughout Burbank-Mount Cotton. The project will focus on an array of measures aimed at influencing both driver and animal behaviour in an attempt to mitigate (primarily wallaby) roadkills.