World of Animals
On this page you will learn about the Greater Bilby. The Greater Bilby is a mammal that finds its home in Australia. You will learn some general information on this animal as well as some fun facts. To jump to a section, use the Quick Jump below by clicking on the section name.
Food and Feeding
-The Greater Bilby swallows a large amount of soil along with its food.
-The Greater Bilby eats mainly insects.
-It also likes small animals including mice, birds, and lizards.
-The Greater Bilby hunts both above and below ground for these animals.
-To get water, the Greater Bilby eats seeds and fruit.
-The Greater Bilby lives in semi-desert areas with loose soil. Some of his favorites are woodland, savannah, and grassland.
-They have temporary homes
-How long they live in one spot depends on how much food is available.
-The Greater Bilby escapes to its borrow to get away from the desert heat.
-It digs a spiral chamber of about five feet that has a sleeping chamber at the end.
-These burrows are occupied by one adult, mother and babies, or a couple.
-The Greater Bilby grooms its fur regularly.
-It uses the long claws on its hind feet.
-The Greater Bilby walks on all fours.
-It moves at a shuffling pace.
-When walking the hind legs move together, and the front legs move together.
-The Bilby doesnt lie down, instead it squats down on its hind legs, tucks its muzzle between its front legs, and pulls its ears over its eyes.
-During the 20th century, the population of the Greater Bilby went down.
-The European settlers cattle destroyed the grasslands.
-They began to have to fight for their burrows.
-They were also in danger of the hunters who were after them for their pelts.
-The Greater Bilby live today scattered in small groups in Southern Queensland (Western Australia) and Northern Australia Territory.
-There are few Greater Bilbies remaining in the world.
- The Greater Bilby has long pointed ears with fine fur on them. Their ears help them detect prey.
-The Greater Bilbys eyes are round and dark. It has very poor vision.
- The Greater Bilbys nose tapers to a point. Its nose is pink, and gives them a keen sense of smell for detecting prey.
- The Greater Bilbys front feet have slightly curved claws. Their back feet have the second and third toe joined together. The forth toe is much longer.
- The Greater Bilbys tail is black from the start to the middle, and white from the middle to the end.
-The Greater Bilby is related to the Bandicoot.
-It is also related to the Lesser Bilby although it may be extinct.
-The Greater Bilby lives at least 3 years.-The Greater Bilby is often called Pinkie because of its bare pink nose. -The Greater Bilby is also sometimes called Great Rabbit-Bandicoot.