Rufous Bettong

Stuart Humphreys

Australian Museum

Australian Museum
Sydney, Australia

Rufous Bettong
Aepyprymnus rufescens

Rufous Bettongs are the largest member of the Potoroid family, the closest relatives of kangaroos and wallabies. They are crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk) and rest during the day in shallow nests covered with vegetation. Bettongs use their prehensile tails to grasp and carry nesting material during construction. To avoid predators, they make nests in up to five different locations.

Distribution: coastal and central Queensland to north-eastern New South Wales
Conservation status: Least Concern
Evolutionary distinctiveness: High


  • Title: Rufous Bettong
  • Creator: Stuart Humphreys
  • Publisher: Australian Museum
  • Rights: Australian Museum

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