|Black Tiger Snake Notechis ater, Twin Creek Reserve, Western Australia.|
(This species is often now regarded as a subspecies of Tiger Snake N. scutatus.)
|Black Caiman Melanosuchus niger, Blanquillo Lodge, Peruvian Amazon.|
(The genus name means 'Black Crocodile', in case you missed the point; we'll get to melano- soon.)
|White-cheeked Honeyeater Philydonyris niger, Lesueur National Park, Western Australia.|
|Undertaker Orchid Pyrorchis nigricans; here the implication is 'blackish'. |
Both this and the common name seem weird until you know that the pressed specimens went black in transit!
(It only flowers after a fire.)
|Black Falcon Falco subniger, Bladensburg National Park, Queensland.|
In other words, 'a bit less than black'!
|Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis, Lake Logue Nature Reserve, Western Australia.|
The 'black throat' of the name is obvious here.
|Black-headed Skimmer Crocothemis nigrifrons, National Botanic Gardens Canberra.|
The species name just means 'black-fronted'.
|Black Swans Cygnus atratus, Canberra.|
|Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala, Canberra; an abundant and pugnacious honeyeater.|
Its black head distinguishes it from other miner species.
|Black-breasted Buzzard Hamirostra melanosternon, Uluru National Park, Northern Territory.|
Both common and species names refer to the same obvious feature.
|Black Currawong Strepera fuliginosa, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania|
|Black Kangaroo Paw Macropidia fuliginosa, Lesueur National Park, Western Australia.|
This fabulous plant really does look sooty too!
|Western Grey Kangaroo Macropus fuliginosus, Broken Hill, New South Wales.|
A bit more imagination required here, though it's darker than the other grey kangaroo species.
|Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo, Narooma New South Wales.|
Linnaeus named this bird Pelecanus carbo; it would certainly be a very black pelican!
|Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa, Adelaide.|
According to John Gould who named it, this is a bird of shadows or dark places!
|Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhychus funereus, Murramurang National Park, New South Wales.|