Well-known for its legendary dance, the Brolga is one of the largest water birds in Australia.
Other names for the elegant grey Australian bird with the red head are "Australian crane" and "Native Companion". Without doubt, the native companion is Australia's most treasured water bird. This feathered creature is another stunning example of the beautiful fauna you will see when travelling in the Australian Outback.
The secret of the dance is not solved yet. Dancing happens at any time of the year. There are several aboriginal legends around this amazing dancing bird. One story goes that a young maiden was turned into this elegant bird because of her continuous dancing.
The birds have a silvery-grey colour, and a bright red head. The average adult is 1,5 metre tall, their wingspan is up to 2 metres. They can be confused with the Sarus Crane.
To distinguish them look at their legs. If the legs are reddish-pink it's a Sarus Crane. Dark grey legs mean you've spotted a Brolga.
In the tropical North, where the birds are still abundant, they gather in large flocks up to hundred birds outside the breeding season. Australian cranes are no migratory birds, but they move between their breeding sites and flocking areas.