The Agile Wallaby is the most common macropod in tropical Australia and lives in the northern areas of Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Males grow to 27kg and females to 15kg. They are usually solitary but are sometimes seen in small groups.
The Agile Wallaby is a mid-sized species with males reaching 27 kg and females 15 kg. The back colouration is sandy brown and may appear reddish in some populations. The underside is light coloured and generally white. They have two distinctive head features: a dark stripe down the midline between to ears to the eyes and a light colour cheek-stripe. They also have a distinctive light stripe on the thighs. The margins of the ears and the tail tip are black.
Black-striped Wallaby *threatened
The Black-striped Wallaby is found in northern New South Wales into southern Queensland. Males can grow to 20kg while the females are much smaller at around 8kg. They are usually solitary but may be seen in small groups of ten or more when grazing.
The Black-striped Wallaby has a distinctive colouration with a number of outstanding facets in the fur. The first of these is the narrow black line that runs from the back of the head to the middle of the back which gives it its common name - 'black-striped'. However, it also has a white cheek stripe and a distinct white hip stripe that runs back from the knee. The fur varies in colour from grey on the back to red on the forequarters with the undersides white to grey-white. Males reach 20 kg and are much larger than females which reach 7.5 kg.
The Swamp Wallaby lives along the eastern coast from north Queensland to Victoria. It is genetically different from all other kangaroos and wallabies. Unline many
of the smaller wallabies, the number of swamp
wallabies is still strong. They have a solid build and weigh up to 17kg and stand 70cm high. They are usually solitary animals
The Swamp Wallaby is not a member of the same genus as the other Brush Wallabies due to a number of features in its morphology, genetics and behaviour. For example, the chromosome number in Macropus is 16 but 11 in male Swamp Wallabies and 10 in female Swamp Wallabies. The Swamp Wallaby is the sole surviving member of its genus Wallabia and bears a distant relationship to Macropus. The specific name bicolor refers to the marked difference between the back fur which is dark brown to black and the belly fur which is yellow to a strong reddish orange. A light yellow to light brown cheek stripe is faint in its southern range and distinct in the north. The paws, feet and tail are dark through to black but the tail tip may be white in the northern range. The tail is long and held straight out behind the body when hopping and the general gait is to keep the head low to the ground. The long black tail and overall dark colouration has possibly lead to false sightings of 'panthers' in the Australian bush as the Swamp Wallaby's hindquarters disappear into dense cover.
Males are larger reaching 21 kg than females reaching 15 kg.