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Ecology, management and conservation in natural and modified habitats

Conservation of the mallee fowl, Leipoa ocellata Gould (Megapodiidae)

H. J. Frith

CSIRO Wildlife Research 7(1) 33 - 49
Published: 1962


The ecology of the mallee fowl, Leipoa ocellata Gould, is discussed with reference to its conservation.

It is shown that the birds are still widespread in New South Wales, and in some places are reasonably common. In virgin mallee their density probably has not declined, although such areas are few.

It is concluded that the fox is not the main cause of the decline of make fowl in uncleared areas. It is more probable that sheep, and perhaps rabbits, enter into direct competition with the birds for food.


© CSIRO 1962

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