French: Mégapode de Pritchard German: Pritchard-Großfußhuhn Spanish: Talégalo de las Tonga
Other common names:
G. R. Gray
Niuafo’ou I (NW Tonga); formerly on Niue#R. Introduced to Tafahi I (NE Tonga), but has apparently died out there; recently introduced to Late I and Fonualei I (NC Tonga).
c. 28–35 cm; male 315–385 g, female 310–500 g. Generally dark slaty grey, with short whitish crest; lower back, rump and wings washed reddish brown; white... read more
Trisyllabic whistle “kway-kwee-krrrr” from male, usually uttered in duet with female,... read more
Forages mainly in forested areas or thickets. On Niuafo’ou found in broadleaf forest in all... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly animal food. Prey identified by field observation included 53% insects, 25% land snails, 13% centipedes and 9% worms; most of prey... read more
Apparently all year, with peak in Apr–May, and fewest in Jan/Feb. Apparently monogamous and territorial (0·84 ha on average),... read more
Presumably sedentary. Only evidence of displacement is presence of birds breeding on island in... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Mace Lande: Endangered. Total population numbers only 680–970 mature individuals; considered to be declining. In 1976, estimated 820 birds in study area of... read more
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