mallee fowl

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.
Also, mallee-fowl.
Also called leipoa, lowan.


Origin:
1960–65

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

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