French: Mégapode des Philippines German: Philippinen-Großfußhuhn Spanish: Talégalo filipino
Other common names: Philippine Megapode, Tabon Megapode, Tabon Scrubfowl
Labuan Island, north Borneo.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. dillwyni#R
Tweeddale, 1878 – N & C Philippines (Luzon, Mindoro, Marinduque and associated small islands).
M. c. pusillus#R
Tweeddale, 1878 – CE & SE Philippines (Masbate, Cebu, Negros, Bohol, W Mindanao).
M. c. tabon#R
Hachisuka, 1931 – SE Philippines (E Mindanao).
M. c. talautensis#R
Roselaar, 1994 – Talaud Is.
M. c. sanghirensis#R
Schlegel, 1880 – Sangihe Is.
M. c. cumingii#R
Dillwyn, 1853 – SW Philippines (Palawan) S to small islands off N Borneo.
M. c. gilbertii#R
G. R. Gray, 1862 – Sulawesi and Togian Is.
31–44 cm. Virtually no crest and is only Megapodius within its range. Rather similar to M. nicobariensis, but much darker, and generally greyer below... read more
Frequently heard morning and afternoon and also very vocal at night; a plaintive, crying “... read more
Forested zones of hills and mountains at 250–2100 m; also beach forest and coastal scrub,... read more
Food and feeding
Known to feed on variety of larval and adult insects, including beetles and termites; worms and snails also recorded, as well as fruits and... read more
Probably breeds year-round in Sabah; in N Sulawesi laying in Mar, May, Nov and Dec; in Philippines breeding in May (Fuga), Jun–Aug (... read more
No movements recorded, but periodical presence on small onshore islets indicate that some short sea... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: Vulnerable. Total population might number c. 6700–67,000 individuals, but apparently declining. Formerly considered... read more
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!