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Why Did The Malleefowl Cross The Road?

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Healthy Environments

The 2021 harvest is kicking off one of the peak Malleefowl sighting periods. We’re asking anyone driving around the Wheatbelt, or spending time in harvested paddocks, to keep an eye out for these birds.

Malleefowl are often spotted on roads and out in paddocks as they wander out looking for food. They will make an appearance to eat grain that has been spilled on the road or during the harvest itself.

Property access points with tight turns in and out of paddocks are prime locations for grain spillage. By extension, Malleefowl are drawn to these areas which are quite often out on the roads.

Malleefowl aren’t known for their good road sense and accidents have become one of the many challenges that this threatened bird is facing. It’s a time to be extra vigilant.

If you do happen to be lucky enough to spot one of these elusive birds, please report the sighting to us, using this survey. Learn more about Malleefowl and the conservation work that is being done to protect this threatened species by visiting the project page.

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

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