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Dusky Megapodes

Dusky Megapode or Dusky Scrubfowl, Megapodius freycinet

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The Dusky Megapode (Megapodius freycinet) - also known as Dusky Scrubfowl - lives in forests and swamps, including mangroves, of the Maluku and Raja Ampat Islands in Indonesia.


Description

It measures about 41 cm in length.

The plumage is mostly blackish. It has a short pointed crest, bare red facial skin, dark legs, brown iris and dark brown and yellow bill.

The male and female are similar.


Breeding

It deposits its eggs in a mound made from earth mixed with leaves, sand, gravel and sticks.



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