Pedionomus torquatus


This famous endangered species, with its own family, was for many years alone in the taxonomic order of things. It closest relatives have been found to be waders. Until recently there was only one place in the world where they could be reliably seen, now there are others but all are on private land so it is no easier. Unfortunately they are nomadic and fewer birds return to breed each year due to the extended droughts in Australia, when we undertook the pilgrimage we could only find a male, although a female had been seen earlier. In this species the female is the more showy, as in phalaropes.


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