from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) Same as mallee bird (Leipoa ocellata). See also leipoa.

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  • noun Australian mound bird; incubates eggs naturally in sandy mounds


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  • "He found a couple of mallee fowl who opened their mound each morning to let the autumn sun warm their eggs, but he did not study them. The mallee fowl is too depressing and lifeless a bird to have any commercial value and my boy's mind was occupied with the idea of the pet shop in Sydney."

    —Peter Carey, Illywhacker, 427

    April 17, 2009