Order Galliformes

Family Megapodiidae

Only subscribers have complete access to the families of the HBW Alive. To make the most of all of HBW's features, discover our subscriptions now!
HBW Alive Plans & Pricing  Why subscribe

Vertical Tabs

  • 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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52216 on 16 December 2019).