The Mallee fowl

Australia, 1957

Film
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An account of the nesting habits of the Mallee Fowl. These birds are members of the family Megapodirdae - the mound builders. They do not brood their eggs but lay them on a bed of organic matter in a mound of earth, leaving them to be incubated by heat from fermenting vegetable matter and the natural heat of the sun. The male bird carefully adjusts the mound so that the varying amounts of heat from the two sources maintain the temperature at 92 degrees fahrenheit.

Credits

production company

CSIRO

Duration

00:10:25:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1957

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

36706

Language

English

Subject categories

Animals & Wildlife → Bird populations

Animals & Wildlife → Birds - Australia

Animals & Wildlife → Birds - Behavior

Animals & Wildlife → Nature study

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Natural history

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Biology - Study and teaching

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Biology - Study and teaching

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

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