Data is mounting to protect the Mallee's famous mound-making bird


Our crew just completed mapping 80 nests, 21 of them active, in remote Berrook State Forest.

Malleefowl scratch leaf-litter and sand into a 5-metre mound to incubate their eggs. They maintain the nest temperature at 33˚C – despite uncooperative temperatures climbing to 40-degrees or more.

The department and local community groups will monitor the nests annually to track numbers and protect this threatened species.

The data feeds into a national monitoring database used to inform breeding trends and population health across Australia.

Find out more about conserving threatened species.