French: Mégapode de La Pérouse German: Lapérouse-Großfußhuhn Spanish: Talégalo de las Marianas
Other common names:
Megapodius La Pérouse
Tinian Island, Mariana Islands
Subspecies and Distribution
M. l. laperouse
Gaimard, 1823 – Mariana Megapode – N Mariana Is, mainly restricted to islands N of Saipan. Extirpated from Guam.
M. l. senex
Hartlaub, 1868 – Palau Megapode – Palau Is.
c. 28–30 cm; male 275–291 g, female 400–455 g. Smallest megapode. Short pale grey crest with rest of plumage generally blackish; iris orange-brown to dark... read more
Most frequently heard is male territorial call, a loud raucous “keek...keek keek”, with... read more
Race laperouse occupies mainly forest in limestone areas, sometimes in hills, but also... read more
Food and feeding
Known largely from stomach contents of just two birds, which included spiders, insects (including larvae of Lepidoptera and Coleoptera),... read more
Burrow nester and mound builder, depending on race. Season in both races probably year-round, or virtually so, but peak activity in ... read more
Irregular, but relatively frequent, presence of birds on small, barren volcanic islands indicates... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Mace Lande: laperouse Endangered; senex Vulnerable. Population of laperouse thought to number 1000–2500 individuals and that of... read more
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