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Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) are large ground dwelling birds, belonging to a family of 22 bird species known as ‘megapodes’ meaning ‘large feet’. Their name originates from the type of habitat (mallee eucalypts) that they are most associated with. Adult males and females are alike in appearance, with a predominantly pale grey-brown colouring, and broad black markings on the throat. The upperparts have black, white and chestnut barred feathers and the legs and large feet are grey in colour. Juveniles are a dull grey-brown colour, with barred cream on the upperparts. This bird emits grunts and crooning noises, with the males' calls being louder.

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