Mallee fowl on nest mound


Malleefowl are famed for their habit of making huge compost heaps on which the female lays her eggs. The males bury the eggs, to take advantage of the heat from the rotting vegetation for incubation. The males constantly have to check the heap's temperature, adding or removing a covering of sand to regulate it.

Scientific name: Leipoa ocellata

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Malleefowl taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Malleefowl can be found in a number of locations including: Australia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Malleefowl distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Gamebirds
  6. Megapodes
  7. Leipoa
  8. Malleefowl