Plains Wanderer

The Pedionomus torquatus (scientific name) or plains wanderer is native to the sparse grasslands of Australia, and is the only living representative of its family. 5.0-7.5 inches in length, this bird is a ground bird. The male and the female differ, with the male having brown upperparts and whitish underparts, with black crescents and the female having a white spotted, black collar. Their diet is comprised of seeds, invertebrates like beetles, ants, bugs, locusts, etc. and leaves. Polyandrous in nature, the nest is built by creating a hollow in the ground and lining it with grass and placed near herbs or local grass. The average clutch has 4 eggs incubated for 23 days. Its IUCN listing is ENDANGERED.

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