Social behaviour hairynosed wombats

Living in warrens, in closer contact with each other than the bare-nosed wombats, male southerns appear to have a well-defined dominance hierarchy. Matt Gaughwin reported a dominant male defending an oestrus female from attentions of other subordinate males, while females appeared to be subordinate to all adult males. Dominance relationships were not apparent between females.

Little is known of the social structure of the northern hairy-nosed wombat but it appears to be more solitary than the southern and probably has a social structure similar to that of the bare-nosed wombat.

The vocalisations of the hairy-nosed wombats are confined to short harsh coughs, which are uttered when the wombats are fighting.

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