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megapode

any of the mound birds of Australia and SE Asia that bury their eggs in mounds of earth so that the eggs develop without incubation.
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Along with that, flocks of White-Collared Kingfisher, Macklot's Sunbird, Pygmy Flowerpecker, Chinese egrets, scops owls, megapodes (Tabon), eagles and the Nico Bar (Siete Colores) make the island their permanent address.
Using a machete to slice through layer-upon-layer of thick ferns and spiralling vines, Joseph clears our path to a thermal lake and hot springs where megapodes incubate eggs in the warm ground.
The selection of incubation sites by the Philippine Megapode, Megapodius cumingii, in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
What does the Micronesian megapode use to warm its eggs?
Worldwide, there are 22 megapode species, all occurring in the Australo-Pacific region.
The Navy prepared an environmental impact statement (EIS) to consider the impact on migratory birds, consulted with the FWS under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (15) to assess the effects on the protected Micronesian megapode, and identified and implemented mitigation measures to avoid and minimize adverse impacts.
Spreading east from Wallace's Line, Wallacea is a sort of no-man's land between Asian and Australian realms, the exclusive home of many strange creatures like the dragons of Komodo, the dwarf buffalos of Sulawesi, and the megapode birds of the Moluccas.
It was first considered to be a running bird; later it was suggested that it was a highly modified galliform, a giant megapode, or a scrubfowl, thanks to the discovery of large earth tumuli (megapodes built large earth mounds to breed), up to 131 ft (40 m) in diameter, that were first studied by archaeologists unsuccessfully seeking human burials.
Land-based resources include the following: yams, cassowaries, small mammals, wallabies, reptiles, bush turkey, parrot, wild honey, magpie goose eggs, megapode eggs, moth larvae, rainforest nuts, plant buds, stems and stalks and fruit.
and Jones, D.N., 2003.Ontogeny of social behavior in the megapode Australian brush-turkey (Alecturalathami).
INDIA'S mammoth economic development juggernaut is taking a toll on the country's biodiversity, putting at risk various species of birds and animals such as great Indian bustard, Bengal florican, houbara, Nicobar megapode, golden jackal, Indian fox and nilgai.