Megapode Information


The megapodes or “incubator birds” or “mound-builders” are named for their heavy legs and large feet, and unusual reproductive habits. They occur naturally in the broader Australasian region, including islands in the western Pacific, Australia, New Guinea, and some islands of Indonesia.

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Orange-footed ScrubfowlWattled Brush-turkeyMalleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)Australian Brush-turkeyVanuatu ScrubfowlPhilippine Megapode (Megapodius cumingii), also known as the Philippine or the Tabon ScrubfowlNicobar Megapode or Scrubfowl (Megapodius nicobariensis)Dusky Megapode or Dusky Scrubfowl, Megapodius freycinetMelanesian Megapode or Melanesian Scrubfowl (Megapodius eremita)Micronesian Megapode or Micronesian Scrubfowl, Megapodius laperouseMoluccan ScrubfowlMaleo, Macrocephalon maleo


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