GALLIFORMES: Megapodiidae

Leipoa ocellata  

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)
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© Vik Dunis 2011
Coorong National Park, SA (Jan, 2011)

A Malleefowl working its mound in the Coorong National Park.

Malleefowls regulate the temperature for the eggs incubating in the mound by adjusting the covering of sand and vegetation over the eggs.

When the chicks hatch, they dig themselves out of the mound and immediately head off on their own, looking after themselves from day one.

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Malleefowl

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Cryptic Malleefowl

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Malleefowl mound

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Malleefowl

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Malleefowl at Mound

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Pair of Malleefowl

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Malleefowl

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Malleefowl

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Malleefowl

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Malleefowl

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Malleefowl

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Malleefowl

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Malleefowl

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Working at the Mound

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Malleefowl Tracks

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Malleefowl mound

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Pair of Malleefowl