Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54465

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Megapodiidae
Genus:Leipoa
Genus species:Leipoa ocellata

Animal Characteristics

Height:60 cm
Weight:1.5-2 kg
Identification:The malleefowl is mottled black, brown, and gray. It also has a black stripe down the center of its breast.
Habitat:Arid and semiarid regions, eucalypt forests
Diet:Omnivore: opportunistic; insects, seeds, herbs, flowers
Reproduction:Breeding season falls between August and April. Malleefowl mate for life, building a nest in a dirt mound every year. Eighteen eggs are laid per season with a 60-90 day incubation. The chicks can fly within 24 hours of hatching. The lifespan of malleefowl is 25-30 years.
Behavior:Nesting pairs use their beaks to check the temperature within their nest mound. If it's too hot, they scrape soil off of the mound's top. Dirt is added if the nest is too cold.
Status:Endangered
Interesting Facts:It can take the malleefowl chicks as long as 15 hours to dig out of the mound when they hatch.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Australia Date:1971-12 Subjects:upland ground bird
Malleefowl
Leipoa
Megapodiidae
Galliformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata