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Grus rubicunda

Brolga are the commonest of Australia's two cranes (the other being the Sarus Crane) and can be found mostly in the north of Australia, with populations in Victoria and NSW. They eat a wide range of food, including crops and vertebrates and can move in response to the rains. They are tall, slim birds, ranging from 100-125 cm in height and are very similar in appearance to the closely-related Sarus Crane, but can be told by the Brolga's dark legs and skin pouch under the head. They are known for their elaborate courtship dances where younger birds pair up and older pairs reaffirm their bond with breeding determined by rainfall rather than seasons.


1: Georgetown, Qld, 11/03/2012.