French: Mégapode maléo German: Hammerhuhn Spanish: Talégalo maleo
N, C & SE Sulawesi, and Butung I (off SE coast). Populations, probably introduced, formerly occurred off NE Sulawesi on Lembeh and perhaps Bangka, and also on several of Sangihe Is.
55 cm; male 1365–1622 g, female 1430–1758 g. Unmistakable, very large, black-and-white bird with medium-length tail; stout, pale bill and bare, yellowish facial... read more
Several different vocalisations, including extraordinary loud braying, a series of disyllabic rolls... read more
Lowland and hill forest, with records up to 1375 m; descends to breed on beaches along coast or in... read more
Food and feeding
Known to feed on fallen fruits (e.g. Pangium edule) and seeds, insects and invertebrates (beetles, ants, termites and freshwater... read more
Laying throughout year, with peak Oct–Apr in N Sulawesi; eggs May–Jul and Nov–Jan in SE Sulawesi, where freshly dug... read more
Presumably mostly sedentary, although adults apparently not faithful to their hatching site. One... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. CITES I. Mace Lande: Vulnerable/Endangered. Total population probably numbers only 8000–14,000 individuals, and is declining, with a total of 131 nesting-... read more
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