This is a quail-like ground bird, measuring 15–19 cm. The adult male is light brown above, with fawn-white underparts with black crescents. The adult female has a distinctive white-spotted black collar. They are poor flyers, preferring to run when startled. Females lay four eggs, which the male then incubates.

The Plains-wanderer is classified as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

The Plains-Wanderer is a small, unique bird of the open plains of eastern Australia. It is the sole representative of a family whose affinities have been uncertain. Like phalaropes, the female (below right) is larger and more brightly colored than the male (left). Yet until recently it was often classified alongside the buttonquail (Turnicidae) in the order Gruiformes. Males (especially) look like buttonquail when hunkered down on the ground. More

The Plains-wanderer, Pedionomus torquatus, or Plains Wanderer, is a unique bird and is put in a family of its own. It is endemic to Australia. Contents - * 1 Description * 2 Taxonomy * 3 Conservation status * 3.1 International * 3. More

The Plains-wanderer is of great scientific interest being the sole member of a genus and family of birds found only in eastern Australia. However, the species has declined greatly since European settlement. Areas where it was formerly common are now so reduced in numbers that it is effectively extinct in many part of its former range. The only stronghold of the species is the Riverina of south west New South Wales. More

The Plains-wanderer is a small ground-dwelling bird. The female bird is larger and more brightly coloured than the male. It is of great scientific interest as it may be an ancient member of Australia's avifauna, with origins dating back to when Australia was part of the Gondwanan supercontinent. There are now possibly fewer than 8,000 Plains-wanderers left in the wild, and in drought years, when overgrazing of habitat occurs, the population may be more than halved. More

The Plains-wanderer Pedionomus torquatus is an Australian endemic species that has long evoked interest from the world ornithological community. It is the sole member of the family Pedionomide (Olsen and Steadman 1981), having no known living relatives. Plains-wanderers superficially resemble button-quail (Turnix spp) in that females are larger and more brightly coloured than males and have bright yellow legs and bill and give a low ooming call. More

The female Plains-Wanderer is larger and brighter than the male and is polyandrous - that is, she ma... Cliquez pour voir "Plains-Wanderer" résultat 2 128 x 101 12 kb Family: Pedionomidae 1 species HABITAT AND RANGE: Australia; grassland birds; rare and threatened. D... More

DECC Plains-wanderer Habitat Management Guide (PDF - 2.4Mb) Map of Plains-wanderer habitat in Carrathool LGA (PDF - 410kb) Map of Plains-wanderer habitat in Conargo LGA (PDF - 1.7Mb) Map of Plains-wanderer habitat in Griffith LGA (PDF - 80kb) Map of Plains-wanderer habitat in Hay LGA (PDF - 1. More

Order : Charadriiformes
Family : Pedionomidae
Genus : Pedionomus
Species : torquatus
Authority : Gould, 1841