French: Outarde d’Australie German: Wammentrappe Spanish: Avutarda australiana
J. E. Gray
New South Wales, Australia
Australia, in all states, but generally rarer or absent in S and especially in SE; also S New Guinea, in the Trans-Fly and ranging farther W.
Male c. 120 cm, 5600–8200 g; female c. 90cm, 2800–3200 g. Back, wings and central tail brown with fine dark vermiculations, black panel spotted with white on... read more
Croaks while feeding. Alarm call is a hoarse bark. The displaying male inflates his throat and '... read more
Mainly grassland dominated by tussocky forms, also in sparse low shrubland, savanna, open woodland... read more
Food and feeding
Shoots, roots, leaves, flowerheads, seeds and berries; molluscs, myriapods, arachnids, insects (especially grasshoppers, beetles and... read more
Aseasonal in arid and semi-arid N regions, occurring in response to rainfall; April–November in S. The mating system is classified as... read more
Largely sedentary in parts of range, but may disperse nomadically in non-breeding season. Satellite... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Population 10,000–100,000 individuals. Range in Australia has contracted since European settlement, owing to heavy... read more
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