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Plains Wanderer
Conservation status: Endangered

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriformes
Family: Pedionomidae
Bonaparte, 1856
Genus: Pedionomus
Species: P. torquatus
Binomial name
Pedionomus torquatus
Gould, 1841

The Plains Wanderer, Pedionomus torquatus, is a unique bird and is put in a family of its own. It is endemic to Australia.

It was formerly believed to be related to the buttonquails and thus placed in the gamebird order Galliformes or with the cranes and rails in Gruiformes, but DNA analysis shows it to be a wader related to the jacanas.

This is a quail-like ground bird, measuring 1519 cm. The adult male is light brown above, with fawn-white underparts with black crescents. The adult female has a distinctive white-spotted black collar.

This bird is officially an endangered species. Population decline has been caused by the conversion of native grasslands to cultivation.


  • BirdLife International (2006). Pedionomus torquatus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a range map, a brief justification of why this species is endangered, and the criteria used

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