This quiz is wild!

March 3rd, 2023

Do you know your wildlife or will our fauna-tastic quiz ruffle your feathers?
A little furry brown bandicoot sits on the forest floor.

Australia is home to a huge diversity of wildlife. (Photo: Fidel Fernando, Unsplash)

From charismatic megafauna to the tiniest insects, our planet’s wildlife is as fascinating as it is diverse. Australia is home to a huge variety of animals, including many that can only be found on this continent.

How well do you know wildlife? Test your knowledge with our pawsome quiz! Answer all five questions and hit the finish button when complete to get your score, and to learn more about why you were right or wrong.


#1. True or false? All plants need animals for pollination.

False: some plants can self-pollinate and don’t need pollinators! Pollen grains can also be carried by wind or rain.

But often pollination relies on insects, such as bees and flies, or other animals such as birds or lizards.

Discover the different ways that pollination happens in our gardens and backyards with our gorgeous children’s book Pollination, authored by Christopher Cheng and illustrated by Danny Snell.

#2. Victoria's Box–Ironbark region is one of the most important areas of animal diversity and significance in southern Australia. But which of these species can be found there?

All of these animals can be found in Victoria’s Box-Ironbark region!

“At the time of European settlement, extensive areas of north-central and north-east Victoria were covered with Box-Ironbark vegetation. Despite significant clearing of these forests and woodlands in the 180 years since, the ecosystem continues to support over 300 species of native terrestrial wildlife.”

This fact and accompanying photos are from Wildlife of the Box-Ironbark Country, Second Edition, by Chris Tzaros.

The book gives a comprehensive overview of the ecology of the Box–Ironbark habitats and their wildlife, including many threatened and declining species such as the Squirrel Glider, Brush-tailed Phascogale, Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot, Pink-tailed Worm-Lizard, Woodland Blind Snake, Tree Goanna and Bibron’s Toadlet.

#3. Which of these animals makes the longest migration on average every year:

All of these animals are record breakers, but the prize for the longest annual migration goes to the Arctic Tern. Moving between Greenland and Antarctica in a zig-zag pattern, these birds can cover over 90,000 kilometres a year!

To read about these animals’ fascinating journeys, plus more incredible facts, check out our children’s book Animal Migrations: Flying, Walking, Swimming, by Diane Jackson Hill. It explores the migrations of mammals, birds, insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans and aquatic microorganisms.

#4. Which of these bird species is the odd one out:

While the Grey Falcon, the Peregrine Falcon and the Australian Hobby, also known as Little Falcon, are all, well, falcons, the Grey Goshawk is the odd one out since it is a type of hawk.

Need to brush up on your raptor knowledge? We have some books you might find useful!

These illustrations by Jeff Davies are from the pages of Birds of Prey of Australia, Third Edition by Stephen Debus. For a closer look at falcons, take a look at Australian Falcons, also by Stephen Debus.

Jeff is also part of the team that produced The Australian Bird Guide and The Compact Australian Bird Guide, both of which are essential for any avian enthusiast.

#5. The Bramble Cay Melomys made international headlines in February 2019 after it was pronounced the world’s first mammal extinction caused by what?

“The loss of the Bramble Cay Melomys from Bramble Cay most likely represents the first documented mammalian extinction due to human-induced climate change.

“The mousey, brown nocturnal rodent was endemic to Bramble Cay, a small coral cay island in the Torres Strait. It is generally understood that the reason for this species’ extinction was inundation of the island by waves during large storms. Sea-level rise is one of the most certain consequences of global warming and is predicted to have significant impacts on wildlife in coastal habitats worldwide.”

This text and accompanying vivid illustration by renowned artist Reg Mombassa come from Extinct: Artistic Impressions of Our Lost Wildlife by Benjamin Gray.

The book is a collection of artworks from Australian fine artists, each depicting an Australian animal that has already, for various reasons, tumbled over the edge into extinction.


How’d you score? Perhaps you need to dig into some new books, starting with the titles we pulled these quiz questions from. You can order them through your favourite bookshop or purchase from us online – just click each cover for details!

The picture book Pollination which features a child on the front cover holding a posy of flowers.

Pollination by Christopher Cheng, illustrated by Danny Snell

Wildlife of the Box-Ironbark Country, featuring photos of a Tree Goanna, a Swift Parrot, a Yellow-footed Antechinus, and a Box–Ironbark forest environment.

Wildlife of the Box-Ironbark Country, Second Edition by Chris Tzaros

The children's book Animal Migrations featuring photos of crabs climbing over rocks, birds flying, reindeer walking across snow and a pod of whales swimming underwater.

Animal Migrations: Flying, Walking, Swimming by Diane Jackson Hill

Birds of Prey of Australia featuring a little eagle staring directly ahead, on a green background

Birds of Prey of Australia, Third Edition by Stephen Debus

Australian Falcons, featuring a juvenile Australian Hobby perched on a wooden fence post, looking over its shoulder at the viewer.

Australian Falcons by Stephen Debus

The Compact Australian Bird Guide, featuring artwork of a flying magpie goose and a spotted pardalote, on a burnt orange background.

The Compact Australian Bird Guide by Jeff Davies, Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Peter Marsack, Kim Franklin

The Australian Bird Guide, featuring a brolga flying over the white title with a red-capped robin in the foreground perched on a branch.

The Australian Bird Guide by Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack, Kim Franklin

Extinct, featuring a painting of the Eungella Gastric Brooding Frog on a black background.

Extinct: Artistic Impressions of Our Lost Wildlife by Benjamin Gray