Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Malleefowl

The Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) is a stocky ground-dwelling Australian bird about the size of a domestic chicken (to which it is distantly related). It is the only living representative of the genus Leipoa, though the extinct Giant Malleefowl was a close relative. Malleefowl are shy, wary, solitary birds that usually fly only to escape danger or reach a tree to roost in. Although very active, they are seldom seen as they freeze if disturbed, relying on their intricately patterned plumage to render them invisible, or else fade silently and rapidly into the undergrowth.

 Malleefowl
 Malleefowl
 Malleefowl
 Malleefowl
 Malleefowl
 Malleefowl

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