Black-faced Kangaroo
Black-faced Kangaroo
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Black-faced Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus ssp melanops)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Mammals (Mammalia)
Order: Kangaroos & Wombats (Diprotodontia)
Family: Kangaroo & Wallaby (Macropodidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Black-faced Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus ssp melanops)
This Photo:     Joey in Pouch
Other name: Western Grey Kangaroo

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills, the Flinders Ranges and elsewhere
Difficult to distinguish from the Red Kangaroo, as they vary in colour greatly and can have rufous tones. Colour cannot be used for identification.
The key we find easiest to spot is that the Red has a more dog like muzzle. The Grey has a finer, narrower muzzle.
The Grey also has fluffier ears.
It's a joy to be able to walk within 20m of feeding roos on Ellura and not have them run in fear. They sit back on their legs and watch, then continue eating.
The reason the Grey's have a finer muzzle than the Red's is because the Grey's prefer to eat bushes (saltbush, westringia rigida, etc), where as the Red's eat grass. New shoots are a delicacy for the Grey's. The finer muzzle allows them to more easily get into the hard prickly bushes to find their tit-bits. The Greys do eat grass as well, along with the weed "Thread Iris".
Male roo's are called "Jacks", and females "Jills".
All the mainland Western Grey's have been put into sub-species melanops. The sub-species name "melano" means black; ergo "Black-faced". Those on Kangaroo Island have retained the Western Grey Common name and are the type species, ssp fuliginosus.
One suspects since the western invasion some of the KI sub-species would have been brought to the mainland & escaped?

Copyright © 2013-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Jun-2013
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)