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Bird Grus rubicunda (Brolga)


Ludwig Leichhardt
Sep 13, 2011
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Ironbark, SEQ
Order: Gruiformes.

Family: Gruidae.

Other Names: Australian Crane, Native Companion (formerly)

Distribution: Australian native. Northern and Eastern Australia.

Habitat: Freshwater marshlands, wetlands, lagoons, lakes, tidal pools, irrigated farmlands
and pastures.

Field Notes: Tall crane to 1.3m high and a wingspan to 2,4m.
Head and throat are featherless, grey- green and coral red. Throat pouches appear darker and are covered in bristles.
Ears are covered by a patch of grey feathers. Body is covered in silver-grey feathers. Primary wing feathers are black. Legs and feet are blackish.
Calls are trumpeting and grating.
Brolgas are omnivorous using their strong beaks to extract tubers etc . They also eat grains, insects, small vertebrates.
A major component of their diet in Qld is Eleocharis dulcis (water chestnut)
The mating dance of the brolga is ritualised and iconic.

Source: Wikipedia;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brolga

Townsville Common, Queensland, July 2013. Photo by Hairyman
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