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Pedionomus torquatus (Plains-wanderer)

Wikipedia Abstract

The plains-wanderer (Pedionomus torquatus) or plains wanderer, is a bird, the only representative of its family. It is endemic to Australia. The majority of the remaining population are found in the Riverina region of New South Wales.
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Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
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EDGE Analysis

The Plains-wanderer is an Australian endemic of great scientific interest. It is the sole member of the family Pedionomidae and, as such, has no close living relatives. Unusual among birds, the females are larger and more brightly-coloured than the males, displaying a distinctive white-spotted black collar and rufous breast. The male takes responsibility for the majority, if not all, of the incubation and chick rearing. The species has declined due to historical widespread cultivation of lowland native grasslands and overgrazing during extended drought periods.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
52
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
88
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 38.9498
EDGE Score: 5.76707
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Attributes

Adult Weight [1]  63 grams
Birth Weight [2]  10 grams
Female Weight [1]  72 grams
Male Weight [1]  54 grams
Weight Dimorphism [1]  33.3 %
Clutch Size [4]  4
Incubation [3]  23 days

Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Use
Brigalow tropical savanna Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Carpentaria tropical savanna Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Central Ranges xeric scrub Australia Australasia Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Eastern Australia mulga shrublands Australia Australasia Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Eastern Australian temperate forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Einasleigh upland savanna Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Eyre and York mallee Australia Australasia Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Great Victoria desert Australia Australasia Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Mitchell grass downs Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Murray-Darling woodlands and mallee Australia Australasia Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub  
Naracoorte woodlands Australia Australasia Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Simpson desert Australia Australasia Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Southeast Australia temperate forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Southeast Australia temperate savanna Australia Australasia Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Tirari-Sturt stony desert Australia Australasia Deserts and Xeric Shrublands

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Diamantina National Park II 1252824 Queensland, Australia      

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Oncicola pomatostomi[5]

Distribution

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Citations

Attributes / relations provided by 1Marchant, S.; Higgins, PJ (eds.) 1993. The handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic birds, Vol. 2., raptors to lapwings. Oxford University Press, Melbourne 2Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605 3Species Profile and Threats Database, Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 4Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303 5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Le Saout, S., Hoffmann, M., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Bernard, C., Brooks, T.M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S.H.M., Stuart, S.N., Badman, T. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation. Science, 342, 803–805
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