French: Ménure superbe German: Graurücken-Leierschwanz Spanish: Avelira soberbia
#R, upper Nepean River, New South Wales, Australia.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. n. edwardi
Chisholm, 1921 – extreme SE Queensland (Stanthorpe–Killarney region) and NE New South Wales (S, on and E of Great Dividing Range, to Hunter R).
M. n. novaehollandiae
Latham, 1801 – SE New South Wales from Hunter R S (on and E of Great Dividing Range) to Victoria border (E of Monaro Tablelands).
M. n. victoriae
Gould, 1865 – Australian Capital Territory (Brindabella Range) and extreme SE New South Wales W of Monaro Tablelands S to E Victoria (S to Dandenong–Strathbogie Ranges and to NE coast).
Introduced (victoriae) to Tasmania.
Male c. 103 cm, 1100 g; female 76–80 cm, 890 g. Large, with long legs, big strongly clawed feet, and long, train-like tail. Male nominate race has dark grey to brownish... read more
Vocabulary is very varied, ranging from mechanical-sounding clicks and cackles to ... read more
Mainly moist forest, particularly cool temperate and subtropical rainforest and wet sclerophyll... read more
Food and feeding
Eats mainly adult and immature invertebrates obtained from soil and under bark; occasionally takes small vertebrates and seeds. Common prey... read more
Laying in Jun–Aug. Male solitary, promiscuous, exhibits arena behaviour, performs courtship with much vocal mimicry on earth mound,... read more
Sedentary; adults relax territorial boundaries a little in non-breeding season. Young immatures not... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Formerly hunted, now fully protected. Many mainland populations probably declined in 20th century. Still common in suitable habitat; densities 0... read more
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