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BROLGA: Grus rubicunda 115 cm

  • The Brolga is the only crane endemic to the Australian region.

  •  In the wetter parts of the Atherton Tablelands district the Brolga is usually found in small numbers among large flocks of the Sarus Crane.  The two species forage and roost together.

  • In drier parts the Brolga predominates.  Like the Sarus Crane it is absent during the Wet season, when it nests in marshy lowland districts.

  • The Brolga and other cranes have elaborate courtship displays.  At lesser intensity such displays occur all year.  Birds often jump a metre into the air with wings outspread, or beat their wings while taking a few forward steps.

  • Pairs form at 3-4 years of age and become permanent for life.

  • Sedge tubers are common food items.  Like other cranes they may damage agricultural crops.

  • A well known nocturnal roost site is situated at Bromfield Swamp near Malanda, where the nightly arrival of Sarus Cranes and Brolgas during the Dry season has become a tourist spectacle.

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