mallee fowl

or mal·lee-fowl



an Australian bird, Leipoa ocellata, of variegated gray, brown, white, and black plumage, that lays up to 35 eggs in an incubating mound.

Origin of mallee fowl

First recorded in 1960–65
Also called leipoa, lowan. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mallee fowl

  • This means there is one genus of Mallee-Fowl in the world, and it is found only in Australia.

    An Australian Bird Book|John Albert Leach

British Dictionary definitions for mallee fowl

mallee fowl


an Australian megapode, Leipoa ocellata, that allows its eggs to incubate naturally in a sandy mound
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