|Black Crowned Cranes Balearica pavonina, Waza National Park, northern Cameroon.|
The wear-resistant black tips to the flight feathers are obvious.
|Black Vulture Coragyps atratus, Isla de Chiloé, Chile.|
Perhaps black helps soaring birds keep warm at high altitudes?
|African Black Crake Amaurornis flavirostra, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.|
|Sooty Oystercatcher Haematopus fuliginosus, Murramarang NP, south coast New South Wales.|
Though similar to black oystercatchers elsewhere in the world, this one is endemic to Australia.
|Dragonfly, Murchison Falls NP, Uganda.|
Sorry, no further information!
|Native Bee on paper daisy, Xerochrysum, Canberra.|
|Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris, Canberra.|
Cormorants have no water-proofing feather oils, to assist them in diving; as a result they must
spend time hanging their wings out to dry, in which black might help by absorbing heat.
|Pale-eyed Blackbird Agelasticus xanthophthalmus, Manu National Park, Peru.|
Not related to the European Blackbird, which is a thrush, the American Blackbirds, family Icteridae,
are restricted to the Americas.
|Sun Bear Helarctos malayanus, Perth Zoo (sorry, it was the only one I have!)|
Aberrant melanistic forms aside (eg black leopards or jaguars) there are not many black mammals.
|Mountain Gorilla Gorilla beringei beringei, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.|
|Black Kangaroo Paw, Macropidia fuliginosa, Lesueur NP, Western Australia.|
Not many black flowers to choose from, hence this ancient and faded slide; sorry!
|Tarantula (under the seat we were napping on!), Blanquillo Lodge, Peruvian Amazonia.|
Oddly, as far as I can determine, spiders don't have melanins!