Mallee Fowl and Plains Wanderer
Mallee Fowls used to build a very large "nest" which can be more than
1.5 metres high and 4 metres wide. The nest is usually made of leaves,
sticks and sand. The male Malee Fowl works for few months to rake up
sand and loose plant material with his feet to form the mound. Mallee
fowl used to live in very dry parts of southern Australia, usually in
low and scrubby timber called "mallee".
The male Malees gathers all the mound materials from many metres around,
a hole is dug down into the mound and the female starts laying. More
than twenty of eggs are laid often in several layers. The rotting plant
material and the heat of the sun supply warmth to hatch the eggs. The
male Mallees will tests the heat of the mound with his bill and keeps
the nest at the correct temperature by adding or taking the sand away.
Mallee fowls requires special habitat to live because their lives are
threatened by grazing animals like rabbits.
Plains Wandered just like many Australian native birds which live on or
near the ground are no longer common. They have been found in Victoria
and southern New South Wales, but it was only once. The areas in which
they like to live most are usually in farming lands. When farmers
cleared land for wheat-growing or ran sheep and cattle on their farms
the habitat of the birds disappeared.
The only way for the birds to survive is to set aside the suitable lands
for them to live to.