After publishing various animal and floral posts for the blog, I noticed that many of those that I featured were declared the state or national animal/flower in places around the world – none of them were ever Australia. I’ll admit that I’m not the most patriotic person, but this peaked my interest which then inspired this post.
It’s common knowledge that the kangaroo and emu are part of the Commonwealth of Australia’s coat of arms, but the Australian state and territory fauna emblems are rarely mentioned. Other than doing one project in primary school (that I barely remember anything about), I couldn’t tell you what the fauna emblem is for my home state of Victoria. Do you know yours?
Not only does each state have a designated mammal, but a bird emblem, too. Through my research I learnt about some new species that I had never heard of, despite my almost three decades of living in this country.
Come on this little Australian tattoo safari with me. Keep scrolling for some lovely animal themed tattoos and to learn more about Australia’s native wildlife.
Southern hairy-nosed wombat
Piping shrike (unofficial)
According to this ABC News article, despite the piping shrike being the unofficial bird emblem of South Australia, and featuring on the state’s flag, the bird itself does not exist. The bird image on the flag is said to be a stylised representation of an Australian magpie – a bird which actually exists.
Brolga (Australian crane)
New South Wales
This image may not feature a tattoo of the helmeted honeyeater, but it is a work of art.
Yellow wattlebird (unoffical)
This is only the second animal that I could not find a tattoo for; they both happened to be birds. If I’m being honest, the yellow wattlebird isn’t exactly the prettiest of birds in comparison to other more tropical species. This combined with the fact that the yellow wattlebird is only considered the unofficial state bird of Tasmania (the state with the smallest population) makes it no surprise that no such tattoos of this bird exist.
Australian Capital Territory
While the ACT has no official animal emblem, it does have a bird emblem: the gang-gang cockatoo.
Click here for even more Australian animal tattoos to inspire you.
If you’d like to learn more about these animals, have a read of this article from Australian Geographic: http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2014/08/australias-animal-fauna-emblems