Plains Wanderer

Plains Wanderer

name = Plains Wanderer
status = EN
status_system = iucn3.1
trend = down

regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
ordo = Charadriformes
familia = Pedionomidae
familia_authority = Bonaparte, 1856
genus = "Pedionomus"
species = "P. torquatus"
binomial = "Pedionomus torquatus"
binomial_authority = Gould, 1841

The Plains Wanderer, "Pedionomus torquatus", is a unique bird and is put in a family of its own. It is endemic to Australia.


This is a quail-like ground bird, measuring 15–19 cm. The adult male is light brown above, with fawn-white underparts with black crescents. The adult female has a distinctive white-spotted black collar. They are poor flyers, preferring to run when startled. Females lay four eggs, which the male then incubatescite book |editor=Forshaw, Joseph|author= Archibald, George W.|year=1991|title=Encyclopaedia of Animals: Birds|publisher= Merehurst Press|location=London|pages= 101|isbn= 1-85391-186-0] .


It was formerly believed to be related to the buttonquails and thus placed in the gamebird order Galliformes or with the cranes and rails in Gruiformes. DNA-DNA hybridization and RAG-1 sequence data places it as a wader related to the jacanas (Sibley & Ahlquist 1990, Paton "et al." 2003, Thomas "et al." 2004, van Tuinen "et al." 2004). It thus represents a remarkable case of morphological convergence.

Conservation Status

Population decline has been caused by the conversion of native grasslands to cultivation.


This bird is listed as an endangered species on the 2007 IUCN Red List.


Plains Wanderers are listed as vulnerable on the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Their conservation status also varies from state to state within Australia. For example:
* The Plains Wanderer is listed as threatened on the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988). [ [ Department of Sustainability and Environment - information on status] ] Under this Act, an "Action Statement" for the recovery and future management of this species has been prepared. [ [ Department of Sustainability and Environment - Action Statement] ]


* Database entry includes a range map, a brief justification of why this species is endangered, and the criteria used
* Paton, T. A.; Baker, A. J.; Groth, J. G. & Barrowclough, G. F. (2003): RAG-1 sequences resolve phylogenetic relationships within charadriiform birds. "Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution" 29: 268-278. doi|10.1016/S1055-7903(03)00098-8 (HTML abstract)
* Sibley, Charles Gald & Ahlquist, Jon Edward (1990): "Phylogeny and classification of birds". Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn.
* Thomas, Gavin H.; Wills, Matthew A. & Székely, Tamás (2004): A supertree approach to shorebird phylogeny. "BMC Evol. Biol." 4: 28. doi|10.1186/1471-2148-4-28 [ PDF fulltext] [ Supplementary Material]
* van Tuinen, Marcel; Waterhouse, David & Dyke, Gareth J. (2004): Avian molecular systematics on the rebound: a fresh look at modern shorebird phylogenetic relationships. "Journal of Avian Biology" 35(3): 191-194. [ PDF fulltext]

External links

* [ BirdLife Species Factsheet.]

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