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Rare and Endangered Malleefowl Spotted

malleefowl.jpgAn extremely rare Malleefowl chick has been spotted near Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula.

The species is classified as vulnerable and chicks have not been spotted in the area over the past few years.

The Malleefowl chick was spotted in the 900-hectare Secret Rocks Nature Reserve near Kimba.

The rare birds are found at home in semi-arid parts of mainland Australia and have been spotted on the Yorke Peninsula.

Ecologist John Read made the discovery and says there have been no active mounds that the birds lay their eggs in and their numbers have declined in the region.

The National Recovery Plan for Malleefowl is in place and aims to secure existing populations across the species’ range and achieve de-listing of Malleefowl from the endangered category within 20 years.