Request for ID assistance - Macropod Mickey Mouse and Mazda

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Subject: Request for ID assistance - Macropod Mickey Mouse and Mazda
From: Simon Mustoe <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 11:27:51 +0000
OMG, can't you all just agree!! LOL

This is VERY interesting, isn't it? Bill, the habitat these animals are 
occupying is coastal cliffs and very rocky forest. They only come out to graze 
early morning and late afternoon. The problem is that they are almost certainly 
introduced and are very tame.

Can I ask one thing. The animals clearly have some variation in colouration 
(yellowish, fawn colour on flanks and tail) and some distinct barring on the 
tail. I have never seen the latter on Eastern Grey Kangaroos.

See here:
...and here: 

...just found this good one of the face 
m("N05/3886650555/","//");">http: - this looks like Common 

They are also quite reddish in colour, in some photos 



PS - still amazing, they are referred to as rock wallabies by the Daydream 
Island operators.

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> Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Request for ID assistance - Macropod Mickey Mouse  
> and Mazda
> Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 21:14:10 +1000
> Bill
> The nose (Rhinarium) on the animal in the photos is bare, like a dogs,
> indicating a Euro. The nose on a Grey is haired.
> Greg
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>  On Behalf Of Moorhead Family
> Sent: Thursday, 29 July 2010 9:01 PM
> To: John Harris; ; Simon Mustoe; Nikolas Haass
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Request for ID assistance - Macropod Mickey Mouse
> and Mazda
> Hi Nikolas,
> Simon's animal is clearly Eastern Grey Kangaroo in my opinion.
> Remember that EGK females are about half the weight of males and can appear
> almost wallaby like (even when they have a joey!)
> Suggested alternatives can be ruled out I suggest because:
> Agile Wallaby always has distinct facial markings and almost always has a
> sandy/orangish tone to it's fur...pinkish internal ears and so on.
> Common Wallaroo always seems to have a spectacled look with pale crescent
> around the eyes...this is always very obvious in my opinion; the fur is
> thicker; they are extremely unlikely to graze on a lawn (most habit rocky
> areas); are a generally shy so unlikely to pose like Simon's animal. They
> also have an almost squarish jaw line I reckon. Despite being highly
> variable in colour, I don't remember ever seeing an almost totally grey one.
> Rock wallabies...well they look nothing like that...the only possible
> candidate is Unadorned which has a dark tail, obvious facial markings and so
> on.
> Anyway, it looks like an EGK to me...happy to be corrected though.
> Cheers,
> Bill

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