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  • Apteryx australis
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About the Brolga

Also known as: Native Companion, Australian Crane

The Brolga is a species of crane found in Australia and New Guinea. They are also known as Australian Cranes or by their former name: Native Companion.

Brolgas are non-migratory, but make seasonal movements depending on rain levels. Their preferred habitats include freshwater marshes and lagoons, tidal pools, and mangrove swamps. They may also be found in irrigated cultivated farmland.

Brolga pairs mate for life. Bonded pairs perform synchronous trumpeting calls as part of their courtship or pair-bonding each breeding season.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 18 March 2015
Scientific Name Grus rubicunda
  • Gruiformes
  • Gruidae
  • Grus
  • G. rubicunda
Birdorable Family Rails, Cranes & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 7 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
27 to 51 inches
67 to 94 inches
130 to 307 ounces
Range Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • 澳洲鹤 (Chinese)
  • jeřáb australský (Czech)
  • Brolgatrane (Danish)
  • Brolgakraanvogel (Dutch)
  • australiankurki (Finnish)
  • Grue brolga (French)
  • Brolgakranich (German)
  • Gru Brolga (Italian)
  • オアストラリアヅル [o-sutorariaduru] (Japanese)
  • Brolgatrane (Norwegian)
  • zuraw australijski (Polish)
  • Grou-brolga (Portuguese)
  • Австралийский журавль (Russian)
  • Grulla Brolga (Spanish)
  • Brolgatrana (Swedish)