megapode

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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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You may chance upon megapode (tabon) birds and turtles laying eggs (at nighttime) on a secluded shore.
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.
Altogether, the species greatly add to the number of known megapodes in Australia's prehistoric past.
Incubator birds: biogeographical origins and evolution of underground nesting in megapodes (Galliformes: Megapodiidae).