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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In his foreword, Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe believes this book rates with other natural history classics such as Ratcliffe's Flying Fox and Drifting Sand, Frith's The Mallee Fowl: the bird that makes an incubator and Rolls' They All Ran Wild.
For himself, he adopts the mallee fowl. The Australian coat of arms portrays the emu and kangaroo as our Australian totem.
But if you're a male mallee fowl from Australia (like the bird in the picture above), you've got a hot option: Build a nest that makes its own heat.