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Greater Bilby

Perth was once home to bilbies! The first Bilby described by western science was collected near Perth along the Swan River.

Ground Marsupials Bushland Heathland Locally Extinct Species Conservation

Noongar Names: Dalgyte

Scientific Name: Macrotis lagotis

Conservation Status: Endangered

Threats: Habitat loss and predation by cats and foxes

Will they visit?: The Bilby is locally extinct within the Perth region

Natural Distribution: Once common throughout the South West, now confined to the most arid areas of WA

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Fallen hollows and burrows

Diet: Insects, seeds, fungi

Water: They gain most of their water from their diet

ReWild Benefit: Ecosystem engineer, improve ecological health

ReWild Benefits

Bilbies are an ecosystem engineer and are critical to the health of our heathlands, desserts, and bushlands. They keep our biodiversity turning as they often disperse seeds, spread beneficial fungi, maintain soil health, and decrease fire risk across the landscape. There is an extensive conservation effort to protect the species and several groups are undertaking breeding programs to release new animals back into the wild every year. If you see a wild Bilby, you can record your sighting on Atlas of Living Australia!


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