Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of Australian mound-birds, of the family Megapodidæ and subfamily Mega-podinæ, having the plumage ocellated. L. ocellata, the only species, is about 2 feet long. It is known as the native pheasant by the English colonists. Its mounds are constructed in a peculiar manner.
- n. A bird of this genus: as, “the ocellated leipoa,” Gould.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of Australian gallinaceous birds including but a single species (Leipoa ocellata), about the size of a turkey. Its color is variegated, brown, black, white, and gray. Called also
- n. Australian mound bird; incubates eggs naturally in sandy mounds
“The eggs of the leipoa, or native pheasant, are found in singular – looking mounds of sand, thrown up by the bird in the midst of the scrubs, and often measuring several yards in circumference.”
“The eggs of the leipoa, or native pheasant, are found in singular-looking mounds of sand, thrown up by the bird in the midst of the scrubs, and often measuring several yards in circumference.”
Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia and Overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound in the Years 1840-1: Sent By the Colonists of South Australia, with the Sanction and Support of the Government: Including an Account of the Manners and Customs of the Aborigines and the State of Their Relations with Europeans — Complete
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