Megapodiidae – Megapodes

Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami) by Ian

Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami) by Ian

You may eat all clean birds. (Deuteronomy 14:11 ESV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – GALLIFORMES, Family – Megapodiidae – Megapodes

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Species (21)
Australian Brushturkey (Alectura lathami)
Wattled Brushturkey (Aepypodius arfakianus)
Waigeo Brushturkey (Aepypodius bruijnii)
Red-billed Brushturkey (Talegalla cuvieri)
Black-billed Brushturkey (Talegalla fuscirostris)
Collared Brushturkey (Talegalla jobiensis)
Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)
Maleo (Macrocephalon maleo)
Moluccan Megapode (Eulipoa wallacei)
Tongan Megapode (Megapodius pritchardii)
Micronesian Megapode (Megapodius laperouse)
Nicobar Megapode (Megapodius nicobariensis)
Philippine Megapode (Megapodius cumingii)
Sula Megapode (Megapodius bernsteinii)
Tanimbar Megapode (Megapodius tenimberensis)
Dusky Megapode (Megapodius freycinet)
Biak Scrubfowl (Megapodius geelvinkianus)
Melanesian Megapode (Megapodius eremita)
Vanuatu Megapode (Megapodius layardi)
New Guinea Scrubfowl (Megapodius decollatus)
Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt)

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Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Nick Talbot – Videographer
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery

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The megapodes, also known as incubator birds or mound-builders, are stocky, medium-large chicken-like birds with small heads and large feet in the family Megapodiidae. Their name literally means large foot (Greek: mega = large, poda = foot), and is a reference to the heavy legs and feet typical of these terrestrial birds. All are browsers, all but the Malleefowl occupy wooded habitats, and most are brown or black colored. Megapodes are superprecocial, hatching from their eggs in the most mature condition of any birds. They hatch with open eyes, with bodily coordination and strength, with full wing feathers and downy body feathers, able to run, pursue prey, and, in some species, fly on the same day they hatch.

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