mallee fowl

or mallee-fowl


noun

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

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Also called leipoa, lowan.

Origin of mallee fowl

First recorded in 1960–65
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Example sentences 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

noun

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