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Island Animals


The Bunker Capricorn islands have an endemic silvereye

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is home to a diverse range of animals and birds.


The island reptiles and amphibians are represented by seven frog species, nine snakes and 31 lizard species. Species richness decreases with increasing latitude and distance from the mainland.


The islands and cays of the Marine Park have a similar range of land bird species to the adjacient mainland, but the Park is particularly important to populations of pied imperial pigeons that migrate to the Park from Papua New Guinea and an endemic silvereye which lives in the Capricorn-Bunker group of islands.

Proserpine rock wallaby

Among the land mammals, the Proserpine rock wallaby is found only in the Proserpine area and on a few offshore islands in the Whitsundays.

Other mammals

Koalas, echidnas, possums, water rats and fruit bats also live on the islands of the Great Barrier Reef.