Aepypodius / Talegalla
The family Megapodidae contains 22 species of galliformes that are found in Australasia. Megapodes resemble most of other members of the order, but it's their unique nesting and incubation technique that seperates this family from the others. Most would know Megapodes by another common name, the Mound-Builders. Megapodes rely on building mounds of forest litter in which to bury their eggs and allow the heat from decomposition to incubate their eggs, others will lay their eggs in burrows and allow geothermal activity or solar radiation to incubate their eggs. Unlike most birds, the chicks emerge from their natural nests completely able to fend for themselves with no assistance from the parents. Megapodes face the same threat as most galliformes, habitat loss and exploitation by man have placed several species as endangered.
Brush-Turkeys (genus Alectura)
Brush-Turkeys (genus Aepypodiu)
Brush-Turkeys (genus Talegalla)
Malleefowl (genus Leipoa)
Maleo (genus Macrocephalon)
Scrubfowl (genus Eulipoa)
Megapode (genus Megapodius)
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