N. parryi Skull replica or Pretty Faced Wallaby measures 5.11×2.11×2.10 inches. Pretty Faced Wallaby Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Cast from a private collection.

The Whiptail wallaby (Notamacropus parryi), also known as the Pretty-faced wallaby, is a species of wallaby found in eastern Australia. It is locally common from Cooktown in Queensland to near Grafton in New South Wales.

N. parryi or Pretty Faced Wallaby is distinguished by its paler coloring and white stripe under its face.

Their faces have a chocolate-brown fur covering their muzzle. They are black and white on its chest and the rest is grey to brown fur.

Males weigh from 31 to 57 lb. and stand at a height from 28 to 37 in. Females weigh from 15 to 33 lb. and stand at a height from 26 to 30 in.

The N. parryi or Whiptail wallaby reaches sexual maturity between 18 and 24 months for females and at over 2 years for males.

The most identifying behavioral characteristic of N. parryi is its social structure. These animals are often seen in mobs of 50 to 80 individuals, with inner subgroups of around 10 individuals. During hot weather, Parry’s wallaby often licks its forearms to keep itself cool.

N. parryi gives birth to a single young, frequently around January, after a gestation period of approximately 34 to 38 days. This is followed by 37 weeks of nursing, during which the young wallaby suckles on one of four teats in its mother’s pouch.

Unlike some other species of wallaby, in which a mother forceably removes her young when the time is right, the young Pretty Faced Wallaby leaves the protective pouch on its own. Newborn young have a mass of about one gram (less than 0.03 ounces.)

They live in grasslands and woodlands particularly on hills or slopes. It is primarily a grazer. They primarily eat kangaroo grass. It also eats monocots in nearby creeks.

During seasons with high temperatures, the N. parryi or Pretty Faced Wallaby are only out in the early morning and late afternoon, taking cover under foliage during the temperature peak.

During the winter months it is seen feeding at all times of day. Grasses, ferns and herbaceous plants are the foods of choice.

The principal predators of wallabies today are the introduced dingo and fox. Currently there is no special conservation effort for whiptail wallabies because they are common and are not used for commercial harvesting.

They consist of a small percentage of the commercial quota for all types of macropods and are not typically used as a meat source.