A brolga is an Australian crane, also known as "Native Companions"
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It is one of two types of cranes found in Australia, the other being the Sarus Crane
The Brolga is a tall and slender bird. They have very long legs and a slender neck, both of which are mainly grey
Their heads are bare with a red patch of skin behind the eye running around the back of the head
Once fully grown, their feathers are also grey
They grow to around 1 meter tall and their wingspan is 2 meters
Brolgas are normally found in large noisy flocks (sometimes 1,000 or more). These flocks meet in fresh water swampy grasslands
The Brolga is found mostly in the tropical north or in the east of Australia
It is hard to estimate numbers in Australia but it is said to range between 20,000 and 100,000
Brolgas eat grass, roots, insects, frogs, and lizards - the Brolga looks for food during daylight hours
Brolgas are most famous for their elegant, graceful mating dance. A couple will spread their large wings whilst facing each other and jump, dance and shake their heads!! At the same time they will often make loud trumpeting calls
The young when born are active within 2 - 3 hours. They will remain with their parents for about a year
Many brolgas are lost due to the following main threats: loss of wetland habitats, red foxes and incidental poisoning
There is an Aboriginal legend that says girls who do too much dancing and not enough working, are changed into brolgas. (Since brolgas are like to dance a lot!)
The Aborigines copied the brolgas' dance and did it themselves
Source: http://library.thinkquest.org/28994/brolga.html, http://home.mira.net/~areadman/brolga.htm