Breeds early spring and late summer in southern Australia. Nests in hollows amongst clumps of grasses. Clutch size from 2 to 5. Male incubates the eggs for 23 days and carries out all of the brooding and guarding of the chicks.
Distinctive spotted neck and wing pattern. Female has prominent white-spotted, black collar above a rufous breast patch.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
Plains-wanderers cannot survive in areas of grassland which have been converted to crops or pasture, or have been overgrazed by stock.
Omnivore. Forage during the day for a wide variety of seeds including those from grasses and saltbushes. Also feed on ground-dwelling insects including beetles, ants, sucking bugs and caterpillars.
Hard, red-brown earth with a sparse covering of native herbs and grasses. Predominantly natural open grassland, treeless but with shrubs high enough for concealment from predators.
Native to Australia