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(Animals) a burrowing rat kangaroo, Bettongia lesueur, found on islands off Western Australia
[from Nyungar (an extinct native language of SW Australia) burdi]
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Noble (1993) showed that large circular features in central Australia with altered distributions of calcrete were probably the result of the warrens of burrowing bettongs
(Bettongia lesueur), a species of rat-kangaroo absent from the survey area for many decades.
In one case, a single fox gained access to the Heirisson Prong conservation site at Useless Loop in Shark Bay and killed more than 100 of 350 burrowing bettongs
in three months, before it was destroyed.
It arose from his fascination with the ring-like diggings of the malleefowl and the crescent shaped excavations of the burrowing bettongs