The City of Canning helps to conserve specially-protected fauna species listed as threatened or a priority by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

A threatened species is an animal that needs to be specially protected because they are under identifiable threat of extinction, are rare, or otherwise in need of special protection. Some of the most common threats faced by fauna in the Perth metropolitan area include loss of habitat, predation, habitat degradation, disease and motor vehicle accidents.

Some of the threatened or priority-listed species within the City of Canning are described below:

Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus)

A blue-green bird up to 25 centimetres in length, the rare Rainbow Bee-eater can be found in open forests, woodlands or shrublands. It feeds on bees, wasps, earthworms, spiders and tadpoles. Protecting a suitable habitat and controlling feral predators will be important for the future survival of this species within the City of Canning.

Carnaby's Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) and the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)

Endemic to southwest Western Australia, the Carnaby's Black Cockatoo and Red-tailed Black Cockatoo are two large black birds frequenting the City of Canning areas. These birds rely on mature trees such as the Marri tree (Corymbia calophylla) for feeding and roosting. Loss of habitat and loss of native food sources caused by urban development on the Swan coastal plain has led to the rapid depletion of these birds. Retaining and planting species such as the Marri, 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, download the Black Cockatoos brochure or visit Birdlife Australia.

Quenda (Isoodon obesulus subsp. fusciventer)

The Quenda is a small marsupial with coarse dark grey, yellow fur and a slender tail measuring up to 16 centimetres. Quendas are under threat from predation by cats and foxes, habitat loss and road kill. The City of Canning, 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 Quendas 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/
  • 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