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Greater Bilby

Greater Bilby

Status: Endangered
Classification: Mammals
Scientific Name: Macroderma gigas

These greater bilbies are charming and beautiful animals. They are usually smaller than a domestic cat and they have long ears, silky blue-grey fur and a tail that is 18 cm (7 inches) long. They move like a kangaroo while holding its tail high behind to ensure a smooth leaping movement.

Bilbies are usually found in Southern Australia however today they were scattered in some of the Central part of Australia. When the rabbits spread in some areas of Australia, they moved in some
burrows in which the bilbies had dug and they also destroy the bilbies natural habitat. Another contribution to the destruction of bilbies habitat was the moving of Cattles over the ground and aside
from that foxes also prey on bilbies.

Greater Bilby Searching for Food

Burrows are usually two meters and above deep and a colony usually covers up to 16 hectares of land. Bilbies dug in areas of the ground that is normally soft and water logging is unlikely to occur. They are
fast diggers and they can dig as fast as a person can dig.

Just like the bandicoots, bilbies dig holes to get foods like bulbs, tap roots and fungi. They also feed in fruits, seeds and insects like termites.

Greater Bilby

Female bilbies have a pouch facing backwards however they have one to three young that have a rear pouch.

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