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Brush-tailed Phascogale

The Ballawara is still found in some urban reserves. If you have them in your neighbourhood keep cats indoors and maintain mature trees around the garden.

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Noongar Names: Ballawara

Scientific Name: Phascogale tapoatafa

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Threats: Habitat loss and predation by cats and foxes

Will they visit?: Brush-tailed Phascogales will visit home gardens located near reserves, parks or bushland

Natural Distribution: Widespread and common throughout the South West and Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Hollows in large trees and constructed nest boxes

Diet: Invertebrates and small animals

Water: Not necessary

ReWild Benefit: Pest control

ReWild Benefits

Brush-tailed Phascogales are great at controlling pests around the home. The greatest threat to Brush-tailed Phascogale appears to be the reduced availability of trees with hollows, and predation by cats. The best way to help local Brush-tailed Phascogales is to keep your cats indoors or inside outdoor enclosures. If you see them in your travels, you can record your sighting on Atlas of Living Australia!

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