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Listed under:  Science  >  Life  >  Animal behaviour

Skin and scales, feathers and fur

This collection of media resources focuses on the features of a variety of animals and how these features help the animals meet their needs for food, shelter and safety from predators.


Animal behaviours

This collection of 25 digital curriculum resources allows students to investigate a range of animal behaviours - defensive behaviours; reproductive behaviours; locomotion; communication; feeding behaviours; adaptive behaviours; and nesting behaviours. Images enable students to build a picture of behaviours such as the strategies ...


Vultures feeding on Cape buffalo carcass

This colour image is a photograph of two vultures feeding on the carcass of a Cape buffalo ('Cyncerus caffer') in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. A white-backed vulture ('Gyps africanus') sits on the carcass while the hooded vulture ('Necrosyrtes monarchus') sits beside the carcass. The adult buffalo is partially ...


Simple ecosystem diagram

This is a colour graphic representing the energy and nutrient flow in a simple food chain. The Sun and organisms making up the food chain are represented in diagrammatic form. The graphic is labelled and a key to the colour-coding of energy and nutrient flows is included.


Meat ants with grasshopper leg

This colour image is a photograph of meat ants ('Iridomyrmex purpureus') moving a grasshopper leg into their nest. Meat ants are quite large ants with long legs, a large red head and a black abdomen. Eight or so ants are working together to move the grasshopper leg.


Animal weapons: lion

This is a colour clip showing the alliance between female lions ('Panthera leo') in a pride. The females, all related, cooperate in hunting and care of the young. The clip shows that a lion's most effective weapon is not its teeth or claws but its ability to hunt in a pride. There is footage of female lions cooperating ...


Australia's heritage, 2009: Wattie Creek

'Wattie Creek' is an episode from the series 'Australia's heritage - national treasures with Chris Taylor', produced in 2009. In the clip, Taylor talks about the Wave Hill walk-off. He asks the viewer to imagine being asked to work for little or no money while being given only flour, sugar and tea for food, and only a tin ...

Interactive resource

Who lives here?

Search a rainforest habitat in north-east Australian for clues about animals that live there. Track down hidden animals. Find clues such as animal sounds, tracks and shadows. Check species descriptions to identify which animals might live in the area. Write a survey report including observations and conclusions.



This collection of 24 digital curriculum resources is organised into categories of insects, arachnids, centipedes and crustaceans, with descriptions of their sometimes bizarre body features and behaviours in a category titled body structure and adaptations. Colour photographs, scientific illustrations and close-up microscope ...


Ningaui attacking a beetle

This colour image is a photograph of a ningaui or small Dasyurid marsupial, ('Ningaui ridei'), attacking a beetle. The ningaui is a mouse-sized, light brownish-grey animal with a pointed nose, bright eyes and sharp claws. The beetle is also brown, and has a hard shell. The background surroundings reveal its arid environment ...


Brown falcon searching for prey at dusk

The brown falcon in this photograph is perched up in a tree on a leafless branch. From its vantage point, it can search for prey on the ground. Some of its hunting features are long sharp talons, large eyes and a hooked beak for tearing prey apart.


Wedge-tailed eagle feeding on small prey

This is a colour photograph of a wedge-tailed eagle ('Aquila audax') feeding on a small prey item. The eagle is standing on a tree branch and its wings are spread. (Classification - Phylum: Chordata, Class: Aves, Order: Falconiformes, Family: Accipitridae.)


Animal Olympians: falcon

This is a clip showing a peregrine falcon ('Falco peregrinus') in flight, soaring through the sky and swooping to capture its prey, a pigeon. This short clip focuses on the speed of the sprint flight champion falcon and the use of its body to optimise its hunting abilities. The clip is 1 minute 17 seconds in length. (Classification ...


Rabbit control, 1976

This is a black-and-white photograph showing four people in a paddock, one of whom is peering down a rabbit burrow. The caption for this photograph in the National Archives of Australia includes the words, 'European fleas, and eradication of rabbits by myxomatosis'.


Swarm of adult Christmas beetles feeding on foliage

This is a colour photograph of a swarm of Christmas beetles ('Anoplognathus' sp) feeding on foliage. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Coleoptera, Family: Scarabaeidae.)


Goliath stick insect hanging from foliage

This is a colour photograph of a goliath stick insect ('Eurycnema goliath') hanging from foliage. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Phasmatodea, Family: Phasmatidae.)


Head of a female goliath stick insect

This is a close-up colour photograph of the head of a female goliath stick insect ('Eurycnema goliath') revealing details such as eyes, antennae and markings. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Phasmatodea, Family: Phasmatidae.)


Dung beetles on cow dung

This is a colour photograph of two introduced dung beetles ('Geotrupes spiniger') on the surface of cow dung. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Coleoptera, Family: Scarabaeidae.)


European wasps in a nest

This is a colour photograph of European wasps ('Vespula germanica') in a nest comprised of a complex of individual hexagonal cells. A single queen wasp (centre) and several worker wasps are in the nest and some larvae are also present within the cells. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, ...


'Catching crocodiles', 1933 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white film about shooting and trapping crocodiles in the north of Australia in 1933. It was filmed and directed by Noel Monkman. A soundtrack of strings, often plucked to heighten tension, backs the commentary. A group of freshwater crocodiles lies basking in the sun as a hunter crawls ...