Palau Megapode

Megapodius laperouse senex

Order

GALLIOFORMES

Family

Megapodes (Megapodiidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

MEGLAP

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Endangered

The Palau Megapode has a very small range that includes the islands of Palau, and the Northern Mariana Islands. It has become extinct on Guam and a few other islands. On Palau, the Palau Megapode mostly occurs in limestone forest and vegetation near beaches although some birds also occur in the volcanic upland forests. The population of this species is estimated to be anywhere from 2,000 to 2,500 individuals, around 800 of which live in Palau. The Palaun Megapode is threatened by illegal egg collecting, habitat degradation, and disturbance of beach nest sites. It has been given a conservation rating of Endangered on account of its small, declining population.

SUMMARY

Overview

Palau Megapode: Medium-sized, brown-black megapode with a small, pointed crest, gray crown and nape, and small patch of bare red skin on throat. Short, broad wings. Rather short, yellow bill. Very short tail. Strong, medium-length yellow legs and feet with some black-gray on the feet. Sexes similar, juvenile like adult.

 

Range and Habitat

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Palau Megapode SONGS AND CALLS

Palau Megapode QQ3

Chattering "ku-ku-ku-ku-KUK" and "kek" calls as a pair duets.

Palau Megapode QQ2

Duet is a shrill "kek" call followed by a chattering "kuh-kuh-kuh-KUK".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"skeek", "keek, keer, kew", "kukuku-kuk-kuk-kuk-KUCK"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • It is the largest wild bird in Palau, however it is rare and in danger of extinction.
  • The Palau Megapode, also called the Micronesian Scrubfowl, is smaller than a domesticated chicken.
  • This species was named for French explorer Jean-Fran ois de Galaup, comte de LapŽrouse, whose expedition vanished in Oceana.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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CrestX
Tufts of feathers on the head of the bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X