The Kowari (Dasyuroides byrnei), is also known as the Brush-tailed Marsupial Rat, Byrne’s Crest-tailed Marsupial Rat, Bushy-tailed Marsupial Rat and the Kawiri. It is native to central Australia and prefers dry grassland and desert habitat. Its main region is the stony desert areas of the Lake Eyre drainage basin, in north-eastern South Australia and southwestern Queensland.
The Kowari is 6.5 to 7.0 inches long with roughly a 5.5 inch tail. It is colored ashy-grey, and its distinguishing feature is the brush of black hairs on the end of its tail. Its diet consists mainly of insects and spiders, but probably also small lizards, birds or rodents. It is known as a voracious predator and it emerges from its underground burrows to hunt and stalk its prey among the grass tussocks.
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