Road Trip - Blueys, Hunter, Border Ranges, Kaputar

To: "Evan Beaver" <>
Subject: Road Trip - Blueys, Hunter, Border Ranges, Kaputar
From: "Kurtis Lindsay" <>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 18:15:51 +1000


As Greg Clancy said, Eastern Wallaroos (Macropus r. robustus) are very shaggy-haired and strongly sexually dimorphic with males being much larger, darker and solidly built than the females which look like small, shaggy-haired Eastern Grey's. Wallaroos favour rockier habitat, usually areas which are more wooded. Grey's prefer more open flat plains, however the two species can be found in the same places at times. I have seen both species together just east of Tamworth.

Parmas are quite rare and many species of small to medium sized wallaby are often mistaken for them, including the Pademelon species and young Swamp Wallabies like Greg said, but also female and young red-necked Wallabies.

Rufous Bettong are not as uncommon as people suspect. They are very distinct, being a pale silver grey rather than Rufous. Their fur is quite shaggy and wirey almost like that of a shaggy terrier dog. They have a naked muzzle and thick 'rat like' tail which is sparsely furred. I have seen them while crossing the new England table lands. The habitat Ive seen them is wet sclerophyll high forest with native grass and fern understory.

Kurtis Lindsay

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