Kimberley Kangaroos and Wallabies
There are 9 species of macropods (Kangaroos and Wallabies) in the Kimberley. These include:
- Monjon (Petrogale burbidgei) ‘Burbidge’s rock-weasel’. The Monjon is the smallest of the Rock-wallabies (and the Macropodidae) with a weight range of 1 – 1.4 kg and average weight of 1.3 kg. Found on dissected sandstone plateaus and some offshore islands in the Bonaparte Archipelago including Bigge, Katers and Boongaree Islands. Monjons shelter in shallow caves during the day and forage at night in adjacent vegetation.
- Narbalek (Petrogale concinna monastria) ‘elegant rock-weasel’. Males and females average 1.3 kg in the dry season and 1.4 kg in the wet season. The maximum recorded weight is 1.7 kg. Thus the species is also known at the Little Rock-wallaby. The habitat of the Kimberley Narbalek varies according to site in the region. A consistent feature is that it found in rugged King Leopold Sandstone boulder and gorge country. There is usually a hummock grassland of Plectrachne spp. with sparse figs. The rocky areas are typically bordered by low open woodlands of various Eucalypts and Emu Apple (Owenia vernicosa). On August Island it has been seen near mangroves along the coast
- Short-eared Rock Wallaby Petrogale brachyotis (‘short-eared rock-weasel’). Males average 4.4 kg and range up to 5.6 kg and females average 3.7 kg and range up to 4.7 kg. The Short-eared Rock-wallaby is widespread and populations from different geographical areas vary markedly in size and body colour. The Kimberley Short-eared Rock-wallabies have a grey-fawn back, and the chin, throat and belly are grey-white. The head is pale grey and the face markings are barely discernible. The shoulders are defined by a brown posterior patch highlighted by a white band but body markings are poorly developed. The limbs are pale grey. The dorsal surface of the tail is grey and its ventral surface is whitish. The terminal quarter of the tail has longer dark brown hairs forming a brush.
- Northern Nailtail Wallaby (Onychogalea unguifera) ‘carry nail/claw weasel’
- Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis) ‘agile long-foot’. One of the largest of all the wallabies, the adult males can reach 20 kg and the females 10-11 kg. The coat is a sandy colour lightening to almost white on the underside. There is a darker stripe between the ears and a definite facial stripe. There is also a distinct pale stripe on the thigh.
- Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus). Body 70 -150 cm; Tail 60-100 cm
- Antilopine Wallaroo (Macropus antilopinus) ‘antelope-like long-foot’. The Antilopine Wallaroo inhabits savannah woodlands across the wet-dry tropics of northern Australia and is the only macropodid restricted to the tropics.
- Common Wallaroo (Euro) (Macropus robustus erubescens) ‘robust long-foot with a ruddy nape’. The Euro is the arid-zone sub-species of the most widespread kangaroo, the Common Wallaroo (or Hill Kangaroo).