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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 18 March 2015
Scientific Name
Grus rubicunda
  • Gruiformes
  • Gruidae
  • Grus
  • G. rubicunda
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 May 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
27 to 51 inches
67 to 94 inches
130 to 307 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 澳洲鹤
Czech (Cesky) jeřáb australský
Danish (Dansk) Brolgatrane
Dutch (Nederlands) Brolgakraanvogel
Finnish (Suomi) australiankurki
French (Français) Grue brolga
German (Deutsch) Brolgakranich
Italian (Italiano) Gru Brolga
Japanese (日本語) オアストラリアヅル [o-sutorariaduru]
Norwegian (Norsk) Brolgatrane
Polish (Polski) zuraw australijski
Portuguese (Português) Grou-brolga
Russian (русский язык) Австралийский журавль
Spanish (Español) Grulla Brolga
Swedish (Svenska) Brolgatrana
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