Classification

Names
  • The scientific name of the bilby is Macrotis lagotis ,
  • The family name is Peramelidae,
  • Another name for the bilby is the Australian Greater bilby.
  • The Bilby also has some nick-names: pinky, dalgyte, and the Rabbit-eared Bandicoot.
  • A baby Bilby is known as a Joey, as with most babies of marsupials.
  • A female bilby is called a Bilby
  • A male bilby is called a Bilby
All of the Bilbies have differen names.There are many different names for a Bilby! First the scientific name for the Bilby is Macrotis lagotis, the family name is Peramelidae, there are 2 main names that the Bilby is called is the Australian Bilby, and the Greater Australian Bilby. The Bilby also has lots of nicknames: pinky, dalgyte, and the rabbit eared bandicoot! A baby Bilby is called a Joey, the same name as all the babies of marsupial animals. A female Bilby is called a Bilby and a Male Bilby is called a Bilby also.
 
 

Close Relatives
  • The Lesser Bilby is a close relative to the Greater Bilby but is now extinct
  • The lesser Bilby [Marcrotis Leucura] that was from central Australia that has been extinct since the 1930's.
  • The remaining Bilby species has two types of subspecies: The Western Bilby [Marcrotis Lagostics]which is found in Western Australia and the Northern Territory, and there is also the Eastern Bilby [ Macrotis lagotis sagitta] which is found in Queensland.
  • And with all those types of Bilbies around Australia there is estimated there is only a few thousand living in the Wild!
The Bilby only has 1 or 2 close relatives.The Lesser Bilby is the closest relative to the Greater Bilby. The Lesser Bilby [Marcrotis Leucua] that was from central Australia but has been extinct since the 1930's. The remaining Bilby species has two types of sub-species: The Western Bilby [Marcrotis Lagostics] which is found in Western Australia and the Northern Territory in Australia, and there is also the Eastern Bilby [Macrotis Lagotis sagitta] which is only found in Queensland in Australia. And with all those types of Bilbies around Australia there is estimated to be only a few thousand Bilbies left in the world!!!!

 

 
Type
 
  • The Bilby is a type of Bandicoot which means they are the size of a rabbit, and has a long-pointed nose, silky pale blue-Grey fur with a tan belly, big ears and a crested black and white tail.
  • The Bilby is a Nocturnal Marsupial
  • The Bilbies are Omnivores which mean they eat a range of foods which include: grasshoppers, beetles, spiders, termites, fungi, bulbs, and termites.
  • The Bilby like most bandicoots are nocturnal because they hunt for their food at night because it's safer to go out at night because the Bilby has very poor eye sight.

Bilbies are many different types.The Bilby is a type of Bandicoot which means they are the size of a rabbit, and has a long-pointed nose, silky pale blue-Grey fur with a tan belly, big ears and a crested really long black and white tail.  They are Nocturnal Mammals. The Bilbies are Omnivores which mean they eat a range which include: grasshoppers, beetles, spiders, termites. The Bilby like most other bandicoots are nocturnal because they hunt for their food at night because it's safer to go out a night because the Bilby has very bad eye-site so it doesn't go out in the day time because it's easier for predators to get them.

Ancestors

 

  • The Bilbies closest Ancestor that the scientist know that exist was the Lesser Bilby but it has been extinct since the 1930's
  • Scientist recently found a discovery of a 20-million-year-old skull of a carnivorous marsupial shows that the Bilby might have a fearsome ancestor.
  • They found this 20-million-year-old scull at the River sleigh World Heritage Area fossil site in northern Queensland.
  •  Based on a study of its features, palaeontologist Kenny Travoullion from the University of New South Wales and his helpers conclude that it was an ancestor of modern bilbies and other bandicoots and represents a new species of the Bilbies.

Nobody really knows if the bilby ever had any ancestors but th scientist has some proof.The Bilbies closest Ancestor that the scientist know excised was the Lesser Bilby that has been extinct since the 1930's. Scientist recently found a discovery of a 20-million-year-old skull of a carnivorous marsupial which shows that the Greater Bilby has a very fearsome Ancestor. They found this 20-million-old skull at the River sleigh World Heritage Area Fossil site in Northern Territory. Based on the study of it's features, palaeontologist Kenny Travoullion from the University of New South and his helpers found out that it was an ancestor of modern Bilbies and the Bandicoots and this represents a new species of Bilbies!


Group

  • Queensland's largest remaining group of Bilbies live in the one area west of the Diamantina River in the State's far west
  • When a Female baby has Joey's the Joey's stay in the pouch for about 75 days until they are fully grown, and when there fully grown and don't need any help from their mother they go of on their own.
  • The Bilbies live a solitary life because they are very shy and like living alone.
  • They are very territorial because they live by themselves and dig heaps of burrows around the same area to say to other Bilbies that they are living there and they want to live by themselves.
  • If there is a group of bilbies they all live in the same area they don't share burrows.

The bilbies not live with any groups. Queensland's largest remaining group of bilbies live in the one are which is in the west of the Diamantina River in Queensland far west. When a female bilby has a Baby Bilby a Joey the baby bilbies Joey's stay in their mothers pouch until they have been in the pouch for 75 to 85 days which is when they are meant to be fully grown, and they don't need any more help from their mother they go of on their own. The Bilbies live a very solitary life because they are very shy animals and like living on their own. They are very territorial because they live by themselves and dig heaps of burrows around the same are to say to the other Bilbies that they are living there and they want to live by themselves. If there is a group of Bilbies they all live in the same area because they don't share burrows.


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
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