Malleefowl Bonanza

To: Philip Jackson <>
Subject: Malleefowl Bonanza
From: David Clark <>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:41:06 +1100

My vehicle and I were being transported along the Ouyen-Patchewollock Rd 
courtesy of the RACV on 8 Nov 2012 at about 1600.  The RACV man (from Ouyen) 
remarked "We always see Malleefowl along this stretch of road."  

Almost immediately, a Malleefowl wandered across the road. We didn't see any 
more and the RACV man seemed quite surprised that we had seen only one.



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On 26/02/2013, at 8:12 PM, "Philip Jackson" <> wrote:

> A quick trip north to look for the reported Malleefowl along the 
> Ouyen-Patchewollock Rd, was most successful. We saw 35 malleefowl feeding 
> along the road between 6:15pm and 6:45pm. The birds were mainly in singles 
> and pairs, with one group of three. The next morning we saw 8 Malleefowl 
> along the same stretch of road at about 8:30am. I suspect that there would 
> have been more birds earlier. To see so many of these enigmatic birds was an 
> exciting and highly recommended birding experience. 
> I do, however, have some questions. The birds were feeding on what I presume 
> is spilt grain along with many Common Bronzewing Pigeons, Mallee Ringnecks 
> and Red-rumped Parrots. Is this Malleefowl gathering an annual occurrence 
> which has gone unreported in the past or a unique event?  Is this large 
> number of Malleefowl the result of a few years successful breeding who are 
> now struggling after our current hot dry summer? We saw 35 Malleefowl along a 
> 10km stretch of road. This seems to be a high population density. Is this 
> usual or are the birds travelling large distances for an 'easy' feed? 
> I would be most interested to hear other birders' opinions on what is 
> happening here.  When I think of my previous efforts to spot a Malleefowl!
> Philip Jackson
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