Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This video is a part of the Australian Ark nature series, which features stories on the unique habitats and species of the country. Over 200 million years ago, a massive land mass broke apart, forming an archipelago. The largest island in the chain is what is now called the continent of Australia. Through the evolutionary processes of isolation and natural selection, there are species of plants and animals living there that exist no where else in the world. The kangaroo, koala bear, echidna, and platypus are among the unique animals. The bird population is also unique. Birds familiar to Americans -- like the cardinal, robin, and blue jay -- do not live in Australia. Instead, one sees parrots, cockatiels, emus, and lorikeets. The film introduces the viewer to the beauty and ways of these and other beautiful birds native to Australia.
Australia, birds, environmentalism, natural-wonders, wildlife