Malleefowl in flight

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Subject: Malleefowl in flight
From: knightl <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 20:44:52 +1000
Following on from a recent thread on whether or not malleefowl fly when flushed, I was viewing "A Million Acres a Year" [a 2002 film looking at the impact of farming in SW WA] when I saw a malleefowl sequence at the 38 min mark. Two malleefowl are in a paddock [presumably close to dusk] and are flushed by the camera crew. One bird runs and then flies off hard and fast - initially low then climbing after 50+ metres. The fowl's flight was not laboured, as is the case with a brush turkey, but with rapid wingbeats - a bit like a pacific black duck.

Regards, Laurie.

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