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Life in the City: Urban Behavioural Adaptations

Life in the City: Urban Behavioural Adaptations


Although you might see them wandering through your suburb, animals in urban areas come from all different environments.


  • Pencil
  • Printout of ethogram


In the heart of Sydney, the following animals can be found:
  • Common Brushtail Possum
  • Common Ringtail Possum
  • Powerful Owl
  • Australian Brush Turkey
  • Magpies
  • Fairy Penguins
Select one of the following animals and research online to find out about its biology & how it has adapted to living amongst humans.

Species chosen: _______________
Natural biology: Behavioural Adaptations in Urban Environments:
Where does it sleep?  
When is it active?  
How does it move?  
How does it avoid predation?  
Reproductive behaviour:  


Complete the ethogram below using your research findings, and survey for these in your local area.

Your name: _________________________           Animal species: __________________
Date: ______________ Time: _______________   Location: __________________
Weather: ___________________
Behaviour in urban environment Tally