Red-Necked Wallaby: 20 Facts You Won't Believe!

Red-necked wallaby facts on species endemic to Australia and Tasmania.

There are 30 different subspecies of wallabies. The red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) subspecies are common to Australia and Tasmania in grasslands and tropical forests. Red-necked wallabies are smaller than kangaroos and it's easy to get confused between the two. Red-necked wallabies are medium-sized species that are often prey to hunting and other illegal practices primarily due to the reason that they destroy crops.

The wallaby comes from the Eora Aboriginal tribe who are said to be original inhabitants of the Sydney area. These solitary beings and not territorial and belong to the genus Macropus. Red-necked wallabies are herbivores and feed on grasses and other crops grown on fields. Red-necked wallabies also feed on roots in extreme cases which destroys the crops altogether. Male tends to be bigger than females. These species are scarcely seen in the United Kingdom. For more relatable content, check out these gopher facts and kangaroo facts as well.

Red-Necked Wallaby

Fact File

What do they prey on?


What do they eat?


Average litter size?

1 young

How much do they weigh?

24.25-57.32 lb (11-26 kg)

How long are they?


How tall are they?

3.05- 3.44 ft (93-105 cm)

What do they look like?

Red, Brown

Skin Type


What are their main threats?

Habitat loss, Humans

What is their conservation status?

Least Concern

Where you'll find them

Grasslands, Tropical Forests


Eastern, Southeastern Australia, New Zealand





Scientific Name

Macropus rufogriseus





Red-Necked Wallaby Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a red-necked wallaby?

The red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) is a type of wallaby endemic to parts of Australia, particularly Tasmania.

What class of animal does a red-necked wallaby belong to?

The red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) belongs to the class Mammalia, family Macropodidae, and genus Macropus.  

How many red-necked wallabies are there in the world?

Australian red-necked wallaby's (Macropus rufogriseus) population is estimated to be between 500,000 and 1 million. Their population is stable currently but with climate change crises being on the rise their population may rapidly deteriorate. Their conservation status is listed as least concern hence currently their populations are static.

Where does a red-necked wallaby live?

Red-necked wallabies live in tropical forests and grasslands located in Australia and Tasmania and also parts of New Zealand. Most of their population is constituted in these regions alone since they are endemic species. Wallabies are primarily herbivores and hence reside close to regions where they can find appropriate fodder and are away from predators.

What is a red-necked wallaby's habitat?

The red-necked wallaby's habitat range is in wooded, rugged, and remote regions. Most species in the wallaby family also reside in region-specific areas, for example, shrub wallabies, rock wallabies, and brush wallabies.  

Who do red-necked wallabies live with?

Red-necked wallabies are solitary beings and prefer living alone except for when they come for mating or when mothers stay with their young. Wallabies are territorial beings and hence don't like groups and love residing in their home range. Wallabies are seldom seen in groups even in their own range.

How long does a red-necked wallaby live?

The red-necked wallaby has an average lifespan of 15 years, both in the wild and in captivity. Wallabies are hunted and killed primarily owing to the reason that they destroy crops impacting their lifespan. Their age is relatively low as compared to various other species of mammals.

How do they reproduce?

Wallaby reproduction occurs all year round. The breeding season is from January to February. Males and females reproduce through sexual reproduction once they reach sexual maturity. The gestation period in females lasts 28 days once they reach maturity. They give birth to one joey, baby, per breeding season. Males and females carry the young in their red-necked wallaby pouch also known as the mother's pouch until they are seven months old. Young wallabies are extremely vulnerable and undeveloped.

In some instances, the young ones are known to return back into their mother's pouch even after 19 months of age. Female wallabies have the ability to reproduce all year round. In case the Female is pregnant with another child while a born joey is still in her pouch the development pauses until the joey leaves the females pouch. This impacts their gestation cycle slightly. This phenomenon is called embryonic diapause.

What is their conservation status?

Macropus rufogriseus, red-necked wallaby, is classified as of Least Concern by the International Union For Conservation Of Nature (IUCN). They are an essential part of wildlife and owing to the exploitative practices their populations have been affected.

Red-Necked Wallaby Fun Facts

What do red-necked wallabies look like?

These Tasmanian species endemic to the Australian region are small to medium-sized and have red-brown fur.

Macropus rufogriseus, red-necked wallaby have red-brown fur on their head and back, and pale undersides that are partially gray in color. They have long tail covered with fur as well and their tail is short. Their exact body length is not evaluated. This helps support and give them balance when they move around. They have similar features to that of a kangaroo, only that it's smaller in size and shape.

They have a small head, two dark eyes, two pointed ears, and a short snout. They use their ears to sense predators. Their shoulders and upper half are relatively smaller as compared to the lower half of the body. Their shoulders help them balance. They have large feet with paws giving them excellent grip when they jump. Their paws are gray in color. They also have powerful hind legs. Their hind legs are bound They get from one place to another primarily by hopping.

How cute are they?

Red-necked wallabies are cute species like smaller versions of a kangaroo. They are usually considered pests by farmers primarily owing to the fact that destroy crops.  

How do they communicate?

They communicate primarily using hissing or snorting sound, these species also make use of body language i.e. freezing in a place and thumping once or twice on the ground with their feet to other members of their own. With juveniles, they communicate primarily using clicking noises.

How big is a red-necked wallaby?

The red-necked wallaby's height is 3.05- 3.44 ft (93-105 cm) which is ten times bigger than a Tamar wallaby whose height is 1.47 ft (45cm).

How fast can a red-necked wallaby run?

The red-necked wallaby's running speed is estimated at a maximum speed of 29.82 mph (44 kph). The average wallaby can jump 10ft (3 meters). They move from one place to another primarily by hopping. They run only in rare instances.

How much does a red-necked wallaby weigh?

The red-necked wallaby's weight is 24.25-57.32 lb (11-26 kg). Since they are primarily herbivores they feed on more grasses and crops in order to fulfill their daily nutritional requirements and manage their weight.

What are the male and female names of the species?

The red-necked wallaby males are called boomers, bucks, or jacks, and females are called flyers, does, and Jills. Males are slightly larger than females due to sexual dimorphism. They also differ in reproductive functions.

What would you call a baby red-necked wallaby?

A baby red-necked wallaby is called a joey.

What do they eat?

They are primarily herbivorous. They feed on plants, grasses, crops, and roots. They are mainly active during the night, keeping them safe from possible predators. They search for plant juices to satiate their thirst and are also known to drink saltwater in some instances to complete their daily diet and nutritional requirements.

Are they dangerous?

Yes, don't be fooled by their small size, they can be dangerous owing that they have large feet and legs that are extremely strong to kick predators out. It's safe to maintain a safe distance while observing these species. They are in most instances hunted and killed if they are seen near human habitations.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, it's surprising but true. Some people do keep wallabies as pets. They are primarily considered exotic species of animals and hard to take care of considering the amount of food they require. It's also essential to search for and ensure the legalities and other requirements. Its best for such species to live in their natural habitat.

Did you know...

A parma wallaby's tail is the same length as its body. This is a specific feature in these species of wallaby.

They love to reside in sclerophyll's forests although they are also seen in other parts. They prefer these habitats primarily owing to the eucalyptus and acacia trees.

Is the red-necked wallaby endangered?

No, the red-necked wallaby is not endangered as compared to other species of wallaby, like the black forest wallaby whose population is considered critical. The primary threats they face are hunting, habitat loss, and predators including foxes, wild cats, and other wild animals which impact their distribution as well as their population.

Why is the red-necked wallaby also called Bennett's wallaby and Brusher?

Bennett's is the name of the subspecies that are found in Tasmania. Wallaby is referred to as any smaller species that resembles a kangaroo. Kangaroos and Bennett's wallabies do have similarities in appearance and how they carry their young in a pouch however, Bennett's wallabies are separate species. Kangaroo differs in size as well. Kangaroo has greater strength and is more powerful. Kangaroo is also native to different regions. Have you ever seen a Bennett's wallaby or a kangaroo? If not visit a zoo or conservation forest native to these species to see a Bennett's wallaby. If you reside in, or visit, the eastern coast of Australia and South Australia as well. If you ever see a wallaby and a kangaroo and identify the difference between the two. You could visit online references and maps to access more information related to such species of animals to gain more knowledge about the same.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including kangaroo-facts and dunker facts.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable kangaroo coloring pages.



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