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Malleefowl

VOCALISATION

Malleefowl make several different sounds that can be heard often without seeing the elusive bird:

 

- Female Malleefowl make a high-pitched grunt.

- Whilst together, usually at the nest mound, the pair make a soft, drawn out cluck.

- As a territorial warning to other Malleefowl, the male makes a loud, booming call.

- When threatened, they make a sharp grunt.

- A pair of Malleefowl sometimes perform what is known as a duet, where one bird calls immediately after the other several times in a row. It is thought the duet serves to maintain the pair bond.

Malleefowl

SOUNDS

Malleefowl make several different sounds that can be heard often without seeing the elusive bird:

- Female Malleefowl make a high-pitched grunt.
- Whilst together, usually at the nest mound, the pair make a soft, drawn out cluck.
- As a territorial warning to other Malleefowl, the male makes a loud, booming call.
- When threatened, they make a sharp grunt.
- A pair of Malleefowl sometimes perform what is known as a duet, where one bird calls immediately after the other several times in a row. It is thought the duet serves to maintain the pair bond.

Vocalisation Recordings

Recording by Graeme Tonkin – Adelaide Zoo. Two female Malleefowl in a duet.

“Male Malleefowl make a loud booming sound as a territorial warning”

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This project is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.