Sunday Inspiration – Megapodiidae Family

Australian Brushturkey (Alectura lathami) by Ian

Australian Brushturkey (Alectura lathami) by Ian

“Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.” (Genesis 8:17 KJV)

This week we start introducing you to the five families in the Megapodiidae Order. The first family in taxonomic listings is the Megapodiidaes. There are 21 species in this family of “medium-sized to large terrestrial birds with large legs and feet with sharp claws. They range from 28 to 70 cm. The largest members of the clade are the species of Alectura and Talegalla. The smallest are the Micronesian scrubfowl (Megapodius laperouse) and the Moluccan scrubfowl (Eulipoa wallacei). They have small heads, short beaks, and rounded and large wings. Their flying abilities vary within the clade. They present the hallux at the same level of the other toes just like the species of the clade Cracidae. The other Galliformes have their halluces raised above the level of the front toes.”

Australian Brushturkey (Alectura lathami) on mound ©WikiC

Australian Brushturkey (Alectura lathami) on mound ©WikiC

“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, and all but the malleefowl occupy wooded habitats. 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, bodily coordination and strength, full wing feathers and downy body feathers, and are able to run, pursue prey, and, in some species, fly on the same day they hatch.”

Malleefowl Mound ©Wikipedia

Malleefowl Mound ©Wikipedia

The family consist of 6 Brushturkeys, the Malleefowl, Maleo, 10 Megapodes and 3 Scrubfowls.


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Macrocephalon Maleo – The Mute Missionary…

Maleo (Macrocephalon maleo) ©NowPublic

Maleo (Macrocephalon maleo) ©NowPublic

Macrocephalon Maleo – The Mute Missionary… ~ by a j mithra

The Maleo, Macrocephalon maleo, is a medium-sized (approximately 55cm long) blackish megapode with bare yellow facial skin, reddish-brown iris, reddish-orange beak and rosy salmon underparts. The crown is ornamented with a black helmet casque. The greyish blue feet have four long sharp claws, separated by a membranous web. The sexes are almost identical with a slightly smaller and duller female.

Voice several different vocalisations, including extraordinary loud braying, series of disyllabic rolls, and, in disputes, a duck-like quacking. Usually shy and often silent, except around nesting grounds, where occasionally crepuscular or nocturnal.

What can we learn from these birds? Silence?

  • Well, silence is the most powerful language..
  • If Jesus had not been silent on the cross, we wouldn’t have had redemption..
  • His silence has given us the assurance of life eternal…
  • How silent are we during our prayer time?
  • God says that there is a time to talk and a time to be silent…
Maleo (Macrocephalon maleo) ©©Wong Dermayu

Maleo (Macrocephalon maleo) ©©Wong Dermayu

The God who created us in His own image is able to turn our silence into a powerful weapon you know?

Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment. Isaiah 41:1
Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation. Zechariah 2:13

Like these birds, we as body of Christ need to be crepuscular and nocturnal as well..

  • David sought the Lord at all times and that was the reason he won favour from the Lord..
  • How is our relationship with God?
  • Do we seek Him at all times are only in times of trouble?

…….I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1

The only member of the monotypic genus Macrocephalon, the Maleo is endemic to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The Maleo is monogamous, and members of a pair stay close to each other all the time. Its diet consists mainly of fruits, seeds, ants, termites, beetles and other small invertebrates..

Maleo (Macrocephalon maleo) egg©©Wong Dermayu

Maleo (Macrocephalon maleo) egg©©Wong Dermayu

It is found in the tropical lowland and hill forests, but nests in the open sandy areas, volcanic soils or beaches that are heated by the sun or geothermal energy for incubation. There are also megapode species that use fermenting compost to incubate their eggs. The Maleo’s egg is large, about five times as large as that of the domestic chicken’s.

Maleo (Macrocephalon maleo) pair digging©

Maleo (Macrocephalon maleo) pair digging©

The female lays and covers each egg in a deep hole in the sand and allows the incubation to take place through solar or volcanic heating. After the eggs hatch, the young birds work their way up through the sand and hide in the forest. The young birds are able to fly and are totally independent. They must find food and defend themselves from predators such as lizards, pythons wild pigs or cats.

  • Though these birds live close to active volcanoes, they still survive..
  • They did not run away from the heat of the volcano..
  • In fact they use the heat of the sand to incubate their eggs..
  • You may be in the midst of a hot situation..


  • That God is not bent upon burning us but He wants to show how much He cares for us..
  • The same God who walked with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego is still alive and is still an unchanging God..
  • Joseph’s brother did evil, but God turned him into a blessing to his brothers…

Our God is still able to change all the evil that had been done against us into blessings..

But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Genesis 50:

Have blessed day!

Your’s in YESHUA,
a j mithra

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Lee’s Addition:

Good job, a j, but you sure gave me a challenge trying to find photos for this bird. They are becoming extinct and I think the photographers who are willing to share their photos of the Maleo are also becoming extinct.

The Maleo is in the Megapodiidae – Megapodes Family of the Galliformes Order.


Mallefowl’s Incubators… by A. J. Mithra

Mallefowl’s Incubators…

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) by Wikipedia

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) by Wikipedia

The Malleefowl is one of the three species of mound builders,
or Megapodiidae, found in Australia.
The birds are terrestrial and are distinguished by their habit of leaving eggs
to be incubated in sand or soil heated by the sun or volcanic action
or in mounds of rotting leaves built for that purpose, as Malleefowl do.
The Malleefowl is unique in that it is the only megapod
that makes its home in dry, inland scrub.

You are unique, one of a kind, because, GOD has created only one like you..
If a bird like Malleefowls can do what the other birds cannot do,
don’t you feel that you, whom GOD had created in HIS own image,
do greater things for HIM?
Come on, say,

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Phillipians 4:13)

Malleefowl Mound ©Wikipedia

Malleefowl Mound ©Wikipedia

The Malleefowl has large and powerful feet,
which it uses to build enormous egg-incubating mounds.
In winter an area of ground is selected, typically a small open space
between the stunted trees of the mallee.
A depression, measuring about three metres across and just under a metre deep,
is scraped in the sandy soil.
An egg-chamber is constructed at the bottom of the mound.
The male does this by raking backwards with his feet.
(See video by Peter Nash of a Malleefowl working on mound)
GOD has given powerful feet for these birds… But, for us…?
HE has given us knees for survival…
Those who kneel before GOD can stand before anything…
It needs faith to kneel before GOD…

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
(Psalm 95:6)

In late winter and early spring he will begin to collect organic matter.
Raking sticks, leaves and bark into wind-rows for up to 50 metres around the hole
he will build it into the nest mound rising up to 1.2 metres above the ground level
and with a diameter up to 8 metres.

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) Mound by Wikipedia

Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) Mound by Wikipedia

The amount of litter in the mound will vary.
It may be mostly organic material, mostly sand, or somewhere in between.
After rain, he turns and mixes the material to encourage decay.
The timing varies with temperature and rainfall.
Throughout the breeding season the male has to ensure that the temperature
inside the mound is maintained at about 33°C – 91°F
The male puts his head into the mound and it is thought that he uses
his tongue to measure the temperature.
He must then either add or remove sand from the mound,
according to the temperature within it and the season.

In spring, much heat is given off by the rotting organic material
and the temperature needs to be reduced.
At dawn, the male rakes off the sand covering the litter,
and after allowing enough heat to escape he refills the hole with cool sand.
In summer, the male needs to protect the eggs from the heat of the sun.
He adds more and more sand to the mound, which absorbs the sun’s warmth.
Then, in the cool of the morning, he removes the sand and scatters it in the colder air.
When the sand has cooled down he puts it back on the mound.
During the cooler temperatures of autumn, the mound needs to be warmed up.
To do this the male digs almost all of the soil away in the morning,
spreading it out to be warmed in the sun.
Throughout the hottest part of the day, he places hot layers of sand on the mound,
so that as the sun goes down the nest has been rebuilt and is warm for the night.

From where did these amazing birds learn to maintain constant temperature?
Who taught them to use different materials for different seasons?
We say that we are filled by the Holy spirit but how are we in spirit?
Are we able to maintain the same temperature all through the week?
Or, we are just as hot as an oven, only in a Sunday service or a crusade?
These birds are so receptive to different season..
Are we receptive to the spirit?
These birds make it a point that they check the temperature and keep it constant..
Is our walk with GOD as constant as it was when we first accepted HIM in our lives?
GOD is very particular about maintaining a constant temperature….
That is why HE says,

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:16)

Without maintaining a constant temperature, how can we expect our dreams to hatch?

While the male is keeping the temperature of the mound constant,
the female is busy laying eggs and helping with the digging.
Generally an egg is laid every four to eight days.
The female lays about 15 to 24 eggs in a season, although that number can be as high as 32.
The number varies with the availability of food.
Incubation time depends on temperature and can vary from between 50 and 100 days.
Hatchlings use their strong feet to break out of the egg,
then lie on their backs and scratch their way to the surface.
They struggle hard for five to ten minutes to gain 3 to 15 cm at a time.
After resting for an hour or so they start for the surface again.
It takes anywhere between 2 and 15 hours for them to make it all the way
out of the mound…

Though it takes so long to hatch, theses birds never lose their focus on the eggs,
always working hard to maintain a constant temperature..
We all have laid wonderful eggs, as again I mean, dreams..
But, are we working hard towards a constant focus on GOD,
so as to maintain a constant temperature?
Some of us maybe so dejected that our dreams are just dreams…
Some of us may ne wondering why it is taking so long for GOD,
and would have lost hopes too…
Here is a beautiful and a powerful verse for them from the Bible…

He hath made everything beautiful in his time:…. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Don’t be discouraged, your dreams have not turned rotten,
GOD still has them in HIS incubator…Your miracle is on its way,
Receive it in Faith…

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Have a blessed day!

Yours in YESHUA,
A. J. Mithra

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See Also:

Interesting Things-Only God Can Make an Instinct
Malleefowl by Wikipedia
The Remarkable Malleefowl