Fact-checker Footnotes:



HOW did the Gang's reporters get from their remote homes to Brassmonkey Bay?

CLICK below to hear their musical story: 

'The Birds of Harvest Island'

WHISTLER is a Central Australian Superb Lyrebird. He has an extraordinary repertoire of vocalizations ranging from birdsongs and camera shutters to chainsaws. Hunted to near extinction in the late 20th century as decorations for feathered hats and fans, the adaptable Lyrebird made a strong comeback until Australia's Black Summer bush fires decimated wildlife populations.

TATTLER is an Abbott's Booby, an endangered species of seabird found only on Christmas Island.  They mate for life (up to 40 years) and lay only one egg every 15-18 months. On this remote island between Australia and Indonesia, many bird and animal species developed in isolation.  Although adapted for long-distance flight, the she remains near the island to forage for fish and squid. Development and mining reduced habitats and hence numbers to an estimated 2500 breeding pairs. 

BUZZ is a Christmas Island Magnificent Frigate Bird, a kleptoparasitic (fish-stealing!) seabird with a distinctive red throat pouch. The most critically endangered of existing Frigate Bird species, recent figures suggested only 1200 breeding pairs of Magnificent Frigate Birds were left on their remote island home.   

​​​​TATTLER, WHISTLER, and BUZZ have the FACTS

...Like: HOW FIVE ENDANGERED ANIMALS  became

 BRASSMONKEY BAY'S MOST NOTORIOUS GANG!