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Tanimbar Megapode

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Photo © by Mark HarperTanimbar Islands, October 2018
Photo © by Mark Harper
Tanimbar Islands, October 2018

Alternative name: Tanimbar Scrubfowl

Megapodius tenimberensis

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[edit] Identification

35–47 cm (13¾-18½ in)

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

[edit] Distribution

Tanimbar Islands (Banda Sea) of Indonesia.

[edit] Taxonomy

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

[edit] Habitat

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

[edit] Behaviour

Terrestrial.

[edit] Diet

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

[edit] Breeding

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

[edit] 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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