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- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Pedionomidae — the plains-wanderer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A genus of birds including the plains wanderer (Pedionomus torquatus) of New South Wales as its only species. It is the only genus of the family Pedionomidae of the order Passeriformes and the plains wanderer is the only species in the family. The total world population (ca. 2000) is estimated to be 5 to 10 thousand.
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- n. plain wanderer
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The Pedionomus is a stupid little bird, and is more frequently caught by the dog than shot.
The endangered swift parrot (Lathamus discolor) migrates to this region from Tasmania each winter and the endangered plains-wanderer (Pedionomus torquatus) lives on volcanic Stipa plains.
Other species under threat include the red goshawk (Erythrotriorchis radiatus VU), malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata VU), plains-wanderer (Pedionomus torquatus EN), and the swift parrot (Lathamus discolor EN) which winters here each summer, returning to Tasmania to breed.