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Easter Bilby.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Marsupialia
Order: Peramelemorphia
Family: Thylacomyidae
Bensley, 1903
Genus: Macrotis
Reid, 1837

The bilby (also known as the rabbit-eared bandicoot) is a rabbit-like marsupial. It lives in deserts, dry forests, dry grasslands, and dry shrubby areas in Australia. The bilby's pouch faces backwards. These big-eared, burrowing mammals are in danger of extinction.

The bilby, like all bandicoots, is a nocturnal animal (most active at night). Digging with its strong, clawed feet, this solitary mammal excavates long, complex burrows. Its underground dens are up to 5 feet (1.5 m) long.

At Easter, chocolate Easter Bilbies are sold as an Australian alternative to the Easter Bunny.[1] Money raised from the sale of the bilby shaped chocolate is used to fund protection for the bilby.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Haighs's Chocolates: Environment". Retrieved 22 April 2011.

The bilby likes to eat insects and fruit, they can dig their burrows up to 2 metres deep and 3 metres long.