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(Grus rubicunda)

Management of breeding wetlands in the Goulburn-Broken catchment and North-east Victoria

Conservation Status
Nationally vulnerable to extinction

North-East Region
Victorian Riverina Bioregion
Rutherglen, Yarrawonga, Katamatite, Dookie, Tungamah

Agricultural Industries
Meat, Cropping, Dairy

What is the problem
  • There are fewer than 1000 Brolgas left in south-eastern Australia due to habitat loss.
  • Brolgas require vegetated wetlands to breed, and most of these are on farms.
  • Practical guidelines are needed to manage these wetlands for breeding success.
Image: Brolga
(Photo: Matt Herring)

What are the solutions
  • Brolgas nest between June and January, but mainly in September and October.
  • Ephemeral shallows (up to 50 cm) that are flooded for 2 – 6 months are needed.
  • Wetlands should have about 25% vegetation cover, 75% water cover.
  • Elaeocharis (Spike-rush) species provide Brolgas with an important food source
  • These wetlands can be incorporated into farm water storages.

What farmers said
“The topography of the land made it the perfect site for an irrigation recycle dam. So we put a bank around it and that’s
what it became. A bit of water went into it and about five million birds turned up, including a pair of Brolgas.”

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