November 13, 2017 – Orange-footed Scrubfowl or Orange-footed Megapode (Megapodius reinwardt)

These megapodes are found in parts of Indonesia, New Guinea, and northern Australia. They eat mostly plant foods, including seeds, berries, roots, fruits, shoots, and flowers, along with some invertebrates and small vertebrates. Breeding during and after rains, they build large nest mounds, using the heat produced by decaying plant material to incubate their eggs. The chicks dig themselves out of the mounds after hatching and are developed enough to run immediately and fly very short distances soon after.



December 16, 2016 – Tabon Scrubfowl, Philippine Scrubfowl, or Philippine Megapode (Megapodius cumingii)

These megapodes are found in the tropical forests of Borneo, Sulawesi, and the Philippines. Their diet is mainly invertebrates, including larval termites, beetles, and snails. They also feed on some fruit and other plant material. Like other megapodes they do not build nests, but bury their eggs in mounds of rotting plants where they are warmed by the sun and decomposition.

November 21, 2014 – Maleo, Maleo Megapode, or Gray’s Brush-turkey (Macrocephalon maleo)

Requested by: hipsterarpaca

These birds are found only on several islands in Indonesia. They eat seeds and small invertebrates and are active mainly at night and during dawn and dusk, particularly around their nesting grounds. Nesting along the coasts in sandy areas heated by the sun and geothermal energy, they bury their large eggs, leaving them to hatch alone. The chicks dig out of their sandy nests after hatching, emerging fully feathered and independent. They are Endangered due to unsustainable harvesting of their eggs, as well as disturbance of their nesting areas and habitat destruction.

August 29, 2014 – Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami)

Requested by: hipsterarpaca

Found in northeastern Australia, these birds eat insects, seeds, and fruits, foraging mostly on the ground. Males build large mounds to incubate the eggs, maintaining a constant temperature by adding or removing decaying vegetation. After hatching, the chicks dig their way out of the mound, emerging fully feathered and able to survive on their own.