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.

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Brush-Turkeys (genus Alectura)
One species:

  • Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami)

Brush-Turkeys (genus Aepypodiu)
Two species:

  • Wattled Brush-turkey (Aepypodius arfakianus)
  • Bruijn's Brush-turkey (A. bruijnii)

Brush-Turkeys (genus Talegalla)
Three species:

  • Red-billed Brush-turkey (Talegalla cuvieri)
  • Black-billed Brush-turkey (T. fuscirostris)
  • Brown-collared Brush-turkey (T. jobiensis)

Malleefowl (genus Leipoa)
One species:

  • Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)

Maleo (genus Macrocephalon)
One species:

  • Maleo (Macrocephalon maleo)

Scrubfowl (genus Eulipoa)
One species:

  • Moluccan Megapode (Eulipoa wallacei)

Megapode (genus Megapodius)
Thirteen species:

  • Micronesian Megapode (Megapodius laperouse)
  • Niuafo'ou Megapode (M. pritchardii)
  • Nicobar Megapode (M. nicobariensis)
  • Philippine Megapode (M. cumingii)
  • Sula Megapode (M. bernsteinii)
  • Dusky Megapode (M. freycinet)
  • Biak Megapode (M. geelvinkianus)
  • Melanesian Megapode (M. eremita)
  • Vanuatu Megapode (M. layardi)
  • Orange-footed Megapode (M. reinwardt)
  • New Guinea Megapode (M. affinis)
  • Forsten's Megapode (M. forstenii)
  • Tanimbar Megapode (M. tenimberensis)

Leipoa ocellata

Alectura lathami

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