The Brolga is a large (110 to 134cm) grey crane, with a red head and grey crown. It is widespread across tropical northern Australia, southwards through central New South Wales to western Victoria. Within these areas it can be found in wetlands, coastal mudflats, grasslands, woodlands, crops and, less frequently mangrove-studded creeks and estuaries. Although omnivorous, the Brolga prefers to feed on tubers and crops, but some insects, molluscs and amphibians are also taken. Another species of crane is also found in Australia. The Sarus Crane A. antigone, confined to Australia’s north, can be identified by its dull pink legs (grey in the Brolga), and the red of the head extending down the neck.
Scientific name: Antigone rubicunda