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Monitoring and Management

As Australia’s national group of Malleefowl scientists, we offer a range of services that contribute to Malleefowl conservation. These include:


• Mound surveys and monitoring, including ground-truthing of LiDAR results
• Development and review of Malleefowl monitoring programs
• Development and review of Malleefowl management plans
• Training events for staff and volunteers
• Education events


Our organisation is backed by a highly-skilled team of scientists, with unmatched expertise in Malleefowl ecology, conservation and monitoring techniques, as well as decades of experience in conducting fieldwork across Australia.


Please get in touch with us to discuss your plans for Malleefowl monitoring or management.


Below are all the recorded presentations from the 2021 National Malleefowl & WA Threatened Species Forum organised by NACC Opening address – Liz Kington Vision…
BY DAVID KELLETT, RIVERINA LOCAL LAND SERVICES The past six or so months has been quite busy securing funding and working on what direction the…
BY JOE BENSHEMESH NMRT The camera-traps the VMRG placed at 6 sites in 2015 have been producing a bounty of photos, as our team of…


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Blink and you’ll miss it! Here is a short clip of a malleefowl laying one of many eggs under some intense supervision. ... See MoreSee Less

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Australia is home to some amazing wildlife, many of which are threatened species. To highlight these unique animals and the people working to help them, we've teamed up with Dr Phil Tucak the Wildlife Outreach Vet to share insights into wildlife conservation efforts in Australia. Check out the following article about the magnificent malleefowl, a megapode - one of only three mound-building bird species in Australia: National Malleefowl Recovery Team #malleefowl #savingmalleefowl ... See MoreSee Less

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Compared to the recent video we shared this pair has timing and direction down pat!

Here is an extract from The Mallee-Fowl written by H.J. Frith “Why build the mound at all? Wouldn’t it be easier to sit on eggs and be done with it?. These are the commonest questions asked when people are first shown a mallee-fowl slaving away in the hot midsummer sun, digging sand out and then digging it in again. Why not incubate the eggs in a normal manner and save this immense amount of labour? We shall never know how the mound-building habit arose, but it is interesting to speculate, and can do no harm. One thing is certain: if this habit did not suit the birds’ temperament or was not efficient enough to maintain their numbers, they would have changed it, or else would have disappeared from the earth ages ago.
A suggestion is often made that the incubation habit is a survival from the birds’ reptilian ancestors; that as some reptiles assumed the powers of flight, the majority of these ultimately began to build nests and brood their eggs, though some retained the old system of burying eggs in the ground to hatch. The similarity is striking when one considers the sunlit coral beaches where the turtles heave themselves from the sea to lay eggs in holes, side by side with the jungle-fowl who walk from the bush and lay their eggs. The young turtles scatter to the sea and the young megapodes to the bush.
Further inland, where dark and damp monsoon forests fringe the rivers, female crocodiles crawl from the waters and build mounds of leaves in which their eggs are laid, side by side with the leafy mounds of the jungle-fowl.”

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Communication is key... Malleefowl work on their mounds in pairs, moving sand to adjust to the temperature, but sometimes disagreements can happen...

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Did you know we have a free ebook available on all things Malleefowl? Written and edited by Graeme Tonkins, it has interactive features, covers a range on topics and is available for iphones, ipads and mac computers. Just open the "books" app on your device (it's already pre-installed) and search for Malleefowl (or click on this direct link from your device:

Alternatively here is the link for the PDF version for all platforms:

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Meet the sandcastle masters of the universe - the malleefowl. 🪶

Discover everything you need to know about these incredible but vulnerable birds in the latest episode of the Look at Me podcast at

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Malleefowl parents bury their eggs in big sandy mounds then fly the nest.

Fortunately the kids are pretty adept at flying the nest themselves - they can walk and take to the air within a day of hatching!

Learn more about the remarkable malleefowl in the latest episode of Look At Me from us at ACF in collaboration with Guardian Australia, Remember The Wild and host Rae Johnston at

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Look closely and you'll see a chick coming out right next to the adult working on the mound! These camera trap images were captured at a site in WA in 2017. Photos by Damian Juniper & James Sansom

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