Order Galliformes

Family Megapodiidae

Megapodes
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General
  • Medium-sized to large terrestrial birds with large, powerful legs and feet and sharp claws.
  • Australasian Region, with greatest diversity in Australo-Papuan Subregion; lone outpost in Oriental Region.
  • Tropical forest, mostly in lowlands; one species occupies semi-arid woodland and scrub.
  • 28-70 cm.
  • 7 genera, 21 species, 44 taxa.
  • 10 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Elliott, A. (2017). Megapodes (Megapodiidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52216 on 26 February 2017).