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The Western Australian wheatbelt has been extensively cleared over the past 100 years and vegetation remaining is typically small in area, fragmented, and isolated. The scale of clearing (>90% of all vegetation) has resulted in the wheatbelt being identified as one of the most stressed landscapes in Australia. This substantial loss of vegetation as habitat has led to concerns about the status of Malleefowl. Malleefowl are also subject to a variety of other threatening processes within their Western Australian range, including fox predation, unsuitable fire regimes, and grazing of their habitat by stock. This suggests a poor prognosis for long-term persistence.

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