Swamp_Wallaby.JPG (30883 bytes)Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolour): is also known as Black Wallaby and Black-tailed Wallaby. This macropod has a wide distribution and is found along the entire coast and tablelands of eastern Australia from north Queensland to eastern South Australia .
The Swamp Wallaby is a stocky animal about 85 centimetres tall. Its fur is coarse, dark grey or blackish above. The underparts are pale yellow or rufous-orange. The blackish tail is also 85 centimetres long. The Swamp Wallabies living on the Northern Tablelands, of New South Wales , have a distinctive white tip on their tails.
Swamp Wallabies are more active during daylight than other macropods. They are solitary animals and feed on shrub foliage, ferns, sedges and some grasses. We have observed a Swamp wallaby feeding on the furry leaves of the introduced Verbascum.
Joeys are mainly born in winter, leave the pouch at eight to nine months and become independent at about 16 months.
Swamp Wallabies are found in many environments from heath to tropical rainforest.
They are said to be shy. At Yallaroo they have become used to our presence and animals are frequently seen close to the house. They do not allow us to get too close. Their personal space is between five to ten metres. In the spring of 2005 a Swamp Wallaby took up residence in a dense shrubbery near the house. The Wallaby, in the photo, sometimes feeds on the mown area near our front verandah.
Some information for this article was gleaned from: A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia by Menkhorst and Knight and published by Oxford University Press. This is an excellent book and covers both native and feral mammals.