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Pedionomus torquatus (Plains-wanderer)

Wikipedia Abstract

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

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Pedionomus torquatus

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) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 38.9498
EDGE Score: 5.76707
View EDGE Record: Pedionomus torquatus


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 %
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Granivore, Herbivore
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  50 %
Diet - Plants [3]  20 %
Diet - Seeds [3]  30 %
Forages - Ground [3]  100 %
Clutch Size [5]  4
Incubation [4]  23 days
Wing Span [6]  38 inches (.97 m)


Protected Areas

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


Parasitized by 
Oncicola pomatostomi[7]


External References



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
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Species Profile and Threats Database, Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
5Jetz 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
6del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
7Gibson, 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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