Common Wallaroo

Osphranter robustus

TL 1,550–2,000mm, including tail 750–900mm


What does it look like? Heavily built (especially males), with shaggy fur and a characteristic hunched stance. Dark grey, yellowish-brown to reddish-brown or paler grey above, depending on subspecies, and generally paler below. Males darker than females.

Where is it found? Throughout most of Australia and Barrow Island. Absent from far south (including Tas) and western Cape York Peninsula Qld.

What are its habitats & habits? Normally occurs in small groups of up to 5 in hilly country and rocky ranges in variety of wooded and grassland habitats. Feeds mainly on grasses and herbaceous plants (principally spinifex Triodia seeds on Barrow Island).

Interesting fact: Hisses and stamps foot when alarmed.