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