J. E. Gray, 1831,
near Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
May be most closely related to Aepypodius, as suggested by some similarities in behaviour at mound, extensive brightly coloured bare skin with adornments on neck, round nostrils and white eggshell. Form purpureicollis distinctive (purplish-pink and seemingly smoother-skinned breast-pouch, shorter tail), and possibly a separate species; ambiguous evidence concerning sympatry or parapatry with nominate#R#R requires further evaluation. Dubious race robinsoni#R (C Queensland), based only on intermediate size, included within nominate#R. Two subspecies recognized.
Introduced to Kangaroo I (off South Australia), where still survives; also to Dunk I (off EC Queensland), where may persist; in past, released at Kaipara, in N North Island (New Zealand), but species failed to become established.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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