Temperate Rainforest Animals

What are Australian temperate rainforest animals?

Temperate rainforests grow in higher latitudes than tropical rainforests.


Because they grow in cooler climates, the animal species found here are different from tropical rainforest animals.

Eastern Pygmy Possum (Cercartetus Nanus), Tasmania, Australia
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Here is some information on animals in temperate rainforests in Australia.

Sugar Glider (Petaurus Breviceps) Leaping Off a Tree Limb, Australia, Captive
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Animals of Temperate Rainforests
In Australia, there are two different types of temperate rainforests: warm (Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and even in places in southern Queensland); and cold (Tasmania). Animals found in the warm temperate rainforests on mainland Australia are common wombats, eastern grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, ringtail possums, echidnas, eastern pygmy possums, sugar gliders and feathertail gliders. In Tasmanian cold temperate rainforests, there are Bennetts wallabies, Tasmanian Pademelons, common wombats, brushtail possums, eastern quolls, common ringtail possums, spotted tailed quolls and Tasmanian Devils.

Crimson Rosella, Platycercus Elegans, in a Sub-Tropical Rain Forest
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Birds of Temperate Rainforests
Birds found in the warm temperate rainforests on Australian mainland are forest ravens, Cape Barren Geese, eastern curlews and many parrots like Rainbow Lorikeets and Crimson Rosellas. In Tasmanian cold temperate rainforests, there are Tasmanian native hens, masked lapwings, yellow tailed black cockatoos, green rosellas, common bonzewings, Tasmanian scrub wrens, yellow and little wattlebirds and thornbills.


















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