The Brolga is the only crane endemic to the
In the wetter parts of the Atherton Tablelands
district the Brolga is usually found in small numbers among large flocks of
the Sarus Crane. The two species
forage and roost together.
In drier parts the Brolga predominates.
Like the Sarus Crane it is absent during the Wet season, when it nests
in marshy lowland districts.
The Brolga and other cranes have elaborate
courtship displays. At lesser
intensity such displays occur all year. Birds
often jump a metre into the air with wings outspread, or beat their wings
while taking a few forward steps.
Pairs form at 3-4 years of age and become permanent
Sedge tubers are common food items.
Like other cranes they may damage agricultural crops.
A well known nocturnal roost site is situated at
Bromfield Swamp near Malanda, where the nightly arrival of Sarus Cranes and
Brolgas during the
Dry season has become a tourist spectacle.