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Photo © by Mark Harper
Tanimbar Islands, October 2018

Alternative name: Tanimbar Scrubfowl

Megapodius tenimberensis


35–47 cm (13¾-18½ in)

  • Very short pointed nuchal crest
  • Brownish-olive overall plumage
  • Bare red facial skin
  • Pale bill


Tanimbar Islands (Banda Sea) of Indonesia.


This is a monotypic species[1]. It is sometimes considered to be a subspecies of Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Megapodius reinwardt.


Primary forest, tall second growth semi-evergreen forests and old logged forests.




Their diet is not well recorded, but is presumed they scratch the forest floor for small invertebrates.


There is little information. They build large mounds for their nests.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018)

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