Kowari

Already became extinct in the Northern Territory, now limited to NE South Australia and SW Queensland

Elias Neideck

Kowari is primarily ashy-grey with hints of brown, and the grey gradually fades to white on the underside. There is a dark narrow band around their eyes. The black brush of hairs on the tail end is their distinguishing feature from another similar animal, the mulgara. The brush of hairs also can be held erect.

Even though ground dwellers move by bounding gait, they are also excellent climbers. They are carnivores that mainly consume invertebrates but sometimes prey on small vertebrates such as birds and rodents. Unusually, they shiver more during hot temperatures than in cold temperatures, which is believed to be a strategy for thermoregulation

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Australia
5,000
Official estimate
VU
2015
Queensland

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No