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plains-wanderer

Definitions

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  • noun A small quail-like bird in the monotypic family Pedionomidae, endemic to south-eastern Australia.

Etymologies

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From plains + wanderer

Examples

  • 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.

    Southeast Australia temperate savanna

  • 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.

    Southeast Australia temperate forests

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  • A small bird of the open plains of eastern Australia. As with phalaropes, the female is larger and more brightly colored than the male, but until recently it was often classified with the buttonquail in the order Gruiformes. Recent research has shown that the Plains-Wanderer is actually a Charadriiforme like the phalarope and that its closest relative may be the South American seedsnipes.

    January 10, 2008