Brolga (Grus rubicunda) With dirt ball in mouth. Kakadu National Park. NT, Australia
Brolga (Grus rubicunda) With dirt ball in mouth. Kakadu National Park. NT, Australia

Daily Creature 102: Brolga

(This post may contain affiliate links. For more info visit our Privacy page.)

Brolga (Grus rubicunda) With dirt ball in mouth. Kakadu National Park. NT, Australia

Brolga

(Grus rubicunda)

When I first spotted this Brolga crane in Kakadu National Park (Northern Territory, Australia) I thought, “that’s weird, he’s carrying a ball of dirt!” I’ve since learned that one of the favorite foods of the Brolga is roots, tubers and bulbs. They use their strong beaks to dig them up out of the mud! In northern populations like this one, their favorite is Chinese Water Chestnut!

Photographed in Kakadu National Park. Northern Territory, Australia

See Brolga range map on IUCN Redlist

Where the Brolga fits on the OneZoom interactive tree of life:

these settings are in the widgets slide-in menu!

More Stories
Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) with scuba diver near the Bentwood wreck off the coast of Key Largo, Florida USA. Photo by Hal Brindley
Daily Creature 26: Great Barracuda