French: Mégapode des Nicobar German: Nikobar-Großfußhuhn Spanish: Talégalo de Nicobar
Other common names: Nicobar Megapode, North Nicobar Megapode (nicobariensis), South Nicobar Megapode (abbotti)
Subspecies and Distribution
M. n. nicobariensis#R
Blyth, 1846 – C Nicobar Is (Teressa, Bompoka, Tillanchong, Camorta, Trinkat, Katchall, Nancowry).
M. n. abbotti#R
Oberholser, 1919 – S Nicobar Is (Meroe, Treis, Menchal, Little Nicobar, Great Nicobar, Kondul; formerly also Megapode and Trax, prior to 2004 tsunami#R).
37–43 cm; male 595–907 g, female 850–1021 g. Sexes alike in plumage and size, but species is polymorphic with grey and olive morphs, plus intermediates;... read more
Unknown if any differences between the subspecies; following refers to abbotti.... read more
Occurs in dense forest undergrowth, both dry deciduous and evergreen forests as well as second... read more
Food and feeding
Snails, seeds, other plant matter, insects, etc.; species recorded include beetle Scarabus plicatus and snail Helicina... read more
Can occur more or less year-round, but perhaps mainly restricted to dry season (Nov/Dec to Apr). Monogamous. Mound builder; constructs... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Mace Lande: nicobariensis Vulnerable; abbotti Safe/Vulnerable. Total population of race nicobariensis formerly placed at 100–10,... read more
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