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Photo © by Mark Harper
Tanimbar Islands, October 2018

Alternative name: Tanimbar Scrubfowl

Megapodius tenimberensis

Identification

35–47 cm (13¾-18½ in)

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

Distribution

Tanimbar Islands (Banda Sea) of Indonesia.

Taxonomy

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

Habitat

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

Behaviour

Terrestrial.

Diet

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

Breeding

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

References

  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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