Paleontologists from Flinders University recently identified five large extinct birds called megapodes that are related to animals that can be found today, including the (http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/TheMalleefowl.htm) malleefowl , an endangered ground-dwelling bird roughly the size of a chicken, and (http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/AustralianBrushTurkey.htm) brush-turkeys , known for their dark plumage and bright colors on their heads.
Bettongs, bandicoots, bilbies, smaller wallabies, native rodents, not to mention innumerable song birds and ground-dwelling birds, such as malleefowl and bush stone curlew, would all have a chance of returning to their previous ranges.
The restoration of this habitat will not only increase the chance of survival for animals such as the malleefowl and the western pygmy possum, whose numbers have declined due to extensive clearing, but will also capture around 100 000 tonnes of carbon.
For example, cats and foxes, originally brought by well-meaning settlers from Europe, have decimated many Australian birds, particularly ground-nesters like the malleefowl. A recent study in southern Australia documented feral cats killing members of 186 of the country's 750 species.