mallee fowl


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mallee fowl

n
(Animals) an Australian megapode, Leipoa ocellata, that allows its eggs to incubate naturally in a sandy mound
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Noun1.mallee fowl - Australian mound birdmallee fowl - Australian mound bird; incubates eggs naturally in sandy mounds
megapode, mound bird, mound-bird, scrub fowl, mound builder - large-footed short-winged birds of Australasia; build mounds of decaying vegetation to incubate eggs
genus Leipoa - mallee fowl
mallee hen - adult female mallee fowl
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Frith, like Ratcliffe, was passionate about conservation and he attempted to change community attitudes by writing a series of popular books on Mallee fowl, waterbirds, pigeons, kangaroos and the birds of the High Country.
Frith's first major study on the Mallee fowl, Lipoa ocellata, in the early 1950s established for him an international reputation in ornithology.
The latter species became extinct on the Australian mainland earlier this century, and the mallee fowl is now rare or absent from large tracts of the rangelands.