Can Aussie Animals Predict When Rain Is Coming?

Humans have used all kinds of lore to predict weather, but given the current drought, a few recent signs haven’t gone unnoticed.

For many people waiting for decent rain -- some for years -- ants can be the first sign of hope.

One eagle-eyed woman from South Australia was quick to spot a colony of ants building their nest entrances on a property near Moculta, north-east of Adelaide.

“Not sure if this is a sign of more rain to come? They're still building higher. This is on a slope, not flat ground,” Sue Cowmeadow asked the popular Facebook group, 'One Day Closer To Rain (Drought)'.

Some say these high nests are ants cleaning their home but others believe it means rain is on the way. Image: Sue Cowmeadow

Cowmeadow's photos proved to be a conversation starter, with many reporting similar behaviour in their local insects.

“When my dad saw that, he always said big rain on the way. A sign of floods,” another person, Col Hopper, responded.

But it wasn’t just the ground where heads were turning to look for signs.

“Any black cockies flying low at your place?” another person asked, referring to weather clues in the birds’ flight path.

Black Cockatoos flying to lower ground could be a clue that rain is coming. Image: JohnCarnemolla via Getty

It seems while humans have developed everything from warning rhymes to high-tech weather predictors, animals might still have a better sense of when rain is coming after all.

Watch the video at the top of this article to see how black cockatoos, kookaburras, ants, echidnas and emus could be foreseeing rain.

Despite impressive recent rainfall in parts of the country, many are still waiting for relief -- and they're keeping a close eye on their animals.



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Featured image: George Pachantouris and Sue Cowmeadow