Giant Malleefowl

Giant Malleefowl

Do you still want to learn more and more about the Talegan species? All right,’cause we got another bird you’re gonna love: the Giant Malleefowl! You won’t be indifferent!

Lived in Australia

This species, which is scientifically named leipoa gallinácea, is now considered extinct and is known to have lived in Australia. It was described by remains found in Plio-Pleistocene deposits at Darling Downs and Chinchilla in southeastern Quensland by Charles de Vis.

It named this species within the genus Progura, although it was definitely catalogued within the genus leipoa. Remains of this species have also been detected in South Australia and the Wellington Valley.

What was it like?

According to research, it is thought that this might be the largest species within the talegalus genus, as it could weigh between 4 and 7 kg, so it would exceed 50 cm in size.

The remains of the bones that have been found were much longer and similar to those of the current megapod, with a relatively wider beak, head and body. According to the high keel on the sternum, that means he was able to fly.

It is believed that it would have light brown feathers, just like the current species found in Australia, with the presence of a gradient in the feathers of its wings and tail. The lower areas would be white or cream.

Any word on how they lived?

The truth is that there is hardly any information about this species, as it became extinct more than a century ago. It was probably due to the indiscriminate hunting of this bird due to its large size for meat or the destruction of its habitat by the growing population in Australia during the 19th century.

The fact that he was able to fly changes a little the view of the talegalo family, since they feed on the ground because they are bad flyers. However, if it was able to fly, it is possible that, like other birds, it also fed on eggs or insects that could only be found in trees.

There is no data on its reproduction. It is believed that he may have the same habit of burying eggs as the rest of his family members, but this theory has not been proven. There is now a smaller member of his family still living in Australia.

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