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The name "black wallaby" is a local one which recognises the often black appearance of local wallabies. The common name is "red-necked wallaby. " Wallabies live mainly in forests and eat grasses and herbs. However, as many householders living in forests have found, wallabies are quite keen to sample most garden plants, vegetables and fruit trees. Apart from when a female has a young one at foot, wallabies do not live in groups as do kangaroos, but are usually seen alone. They are, however, less fearful of people than kangaroos and are easily encouraged to visit for an occasional apple or apricot which they will take from your hand. In the picture above a wallaby is shown with a group of choughs. These are also known as apostle birds because of their habit of living in groups of 12. Choughs are favourites with local, human, forest dwellers because they collectively build their mud nests and collectively care for young birds, sometimes stealing them away from other groups. Groups of Choughs are very effective "watchdogs" and they will make an enormous racket if a fox, not native to Australia, strays into their territory.
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Last updated: 28th February 2015