There are some 3,600 species of mosquito. The females take blood from other animals to provide for their young. Several species can take human blood, and during piercing and feeding, they may pass pathogens to their host, with the result that mosquitoes can transmit deadly diseases to humans. As they can not function below about 10 degrees, it is only in the warmer times of the years when they increase in numbers around the freshwater wetlands of southern Australia.
Ranoidea moorei, 'Motorbike Frog'. Endemic to south-west Australia.
Cygnus atratus, 'Black Swan'. Found on freshwater and saline waters, mostly in southern Australia (rare in tropical north and central arid areas)
Anas superciliosa, 'Pacific Black Duck'.
Anas gracilis, 'Grey Teal'.
Spatula rhynchotis, 'Australasian Shoveller'.
Podiceps cristatus, 'Great Crested Grebe'.
Fulica atra, 'Eurasian Coot'.
Porphyrio melanotus, 'Australasian Purple Swamphen'.
Himantopus himantopus, 'Black-winged Stilt'.
Erythrogonys cinctus, 'Red-kneed Dotterel'.
Phalacrocorax carbo, 'Great Cormorant'.
Threskiornis molucca, 'Australian White Ibis'.
Pelecanus conspicillatus, 'Australian Pelican'.
Ardea alba, 'Great Egret'.
Cacatua sanguinea, 'Little Corella'.
Grallina cyanoleuca, 'Magpie Lark', 'Pee-wee'. This species is found in a range of open habitats, but is common on the edge of freshwater bodies.