Territory and Municipal Services have the lovely news that a second brolga has been procured to service “Meg” as part of a planned breeding program.
Tidbinbilla’s resident female Brolga has received a mate for life with the arrival of a male Brolga from Adelaide Zoo.
The Brolga is a large grey bird standing up to 1.5 metres tall, has a wingspan of up to 2.4 metres and a recognisable long slender neck with an obvious red patch extending from the bill to around the rear of the head.
“Brolgas were once a common species with large flocks regularly seen across the region. However they were hunted to the verge of extinction by the late 1800s,” General Manager for Tidbinbilla, Stephen Alegria, said today. “With only two confirmed sightings in the 20th century and none so far this century, the Brolga is sadly considered extinct in the ACT.
“In an effort to increase the Brolga population, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve will participate in a nation-wide captive breeding program. Since August last year we have had a female Brolga (Meg) at Tidbinbilla waiting patiently for her mate. Nine months on, we are now very pleased to announce that a male Brolga from Adelaide Zoo has arrived at Tidbinbilla and has settled into his new surroundings.
So what should the new male be called?
[Photo courtesy of TAMS]