You hear a bump in the night. Could it be a creaky floorboard or one of the critters that comes out after dark? We’re here to shed some light on the wonderful nocturnal animals that explore the world when the sun goes down.

Owlet Nightjar

Native to Australia and southern New Guinea, these night dwellers are harder to spot with a torch or spotlight than most of Australia’s other nocturnal birds. Why? Well not only are they Australia’s smallest nocturnal bird but their large brown eyes don’t reflect the light!

Ghost Bat hanging upside down
Ghost Bat

Don’t let their cute little face fool you, the Ghost Bat is Australia’s only carnivorous bat! They eat large insects, reptiles, frogs, birds, small mammals and, sometimes, other bat species! 

Tawny Frogmouth
Tawny Frogmouth

Never judge a book by its cover – or in this case a bird! The Tawny Frogmouth might look like an owl but they’re actually not one! That’s right, Tawny Frogmouths are more closely related to nightjars. Not sure how to tell them apart? Unlike owls, Tawny Frogmouths lack curved talons.


They might be small in stature, but Bilbies have incredibly powerful forelimbs and claws! Since they’re burrowing animals, their strength comes in handy when they’re digging for food or extending their underground home to avoid being captured by predators. 

Feathertail Glider on a tree branch
Feathertail Gliders

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a Feathertail Glider! These high-flying nocturnal mammals can average a gliding distance of about 14m  and will usually set flight five times an hour! Phew, talk about a workout!