Wildlife in the Northern Territory
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Even for many Australians, a visit to Northern Territory is like entering other country. Dramatic red cliffs, plenty of crocodiles, enormous termite mounds, some of which are lined up magnetically, vast wetlands with multitudes of waterbirds, many opportunities to experience traditional Aboriginal future, journeys of hundreds of kilometres without seeing a house,lush oases surrounded by widespread deserts, and of course our most famous natural landscape, Uluru (originally called Ayer’s Rock by white settlers, not reverted to its Indigenous name).
The world-renowned World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park is a permanent tropical home for one third of Australia’s bird species. Billabongs in the park attract a variety of magnificent birds including jabirus, jacanas, spoonbills, kingfishers, magpie geese and egrets. But without a doubt the most famous resident of the top end is the saltwater crocodile or ‘saltie’, seen in billabongs and rivers, resting on mud flats and even floating around Darwin Harbour!
The Top End also offers a wealth of specialised fauna from water pythons, crocodiles, turtles, frill-necked lizards and barramundi to kangaroos, wallabies, emus, dingoes, flying foxes and thorny devils.
Further south, you encounter the spectacular desert scenery of Central Australia including the famous Uluru (Ayers Rock), rich in Aboriginal legend. Keep an eye out for euros (a species of kangaroo), cockatoos, ringneck parrots, honeyeaters, bustards, zebra finches, kestrels, whistling kites and an abundance of lizards.