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About the Malleefowl

Also known as: lowan

The Malleefowl or lowan is a ground-dwelling bird from Australia. They're the largest mound builders in Australia, which the male builds from dirt, leaves and sticks it finds in the mallee forest.

Malleefowl are shy and solitary birds that usually only fly to escape danger or get in a tree to roost.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 October 2009
Scientific Name Leipoa ocellata
  • Galliformes
  • Megapodiidae
  • Leipoa
  • L. ocellata
Birdorable Family Grouse
Conservation Status Vulnerable
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 26 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
23 inches
Range Australia and New Zealand


From IUCN Red List:
The Malleefowl is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species qualifies as Vulnerable because it has undergone a rapid decline over the last three generations (50 years), based on a decline in its range owing to habitat clearance and fragmentation, and the compounding effects of introduced species. There has been some recovery in parts of the range, but some reserves may prove too small to support viable populations without intensive management.

International Names

  • Tabon Holubí (Czech)
  • Malleehøne (Danish)
  • Thermometervogel (Dutch)
  • Malleekana (Finnish)
  • Léipoa Ocellé (French)
  • Thermometerhuhn (German)
  • Fagiano Australiano (Italian)
  • クサムラツカツクリ (Kusamuratsukatsukuri) (Japanese)
  • Malleeovnhøne (Norwegian)
  • Nogal Prazkowany (Polish)
  • Глазчатая курица (Russian)
  • Talégalo Leipoa (Spanish)

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