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Books about Megapodes

This page lists books that are totally or partially about Megapodes. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Megapodiidae

There are 22 species of megapodes found in Indonesia, New Guinea, Australasia and islands of the Eastern Indian Ocean and Western Pacific.

Macrocephalon maleo

Moluccan Megapode
Eulipoa wallacei

Tongan Megapode
Megapodius pritchardii

Micronesian Megapode
Megapodius laperouse

Nicobar Megapode
Megapodius nicobariensis

Philippine Megapode
Megapodius cumingii

Sula Megapode
Megapodius bernsteinii

Tanimbar Megapode Megapodius tenimberensis

Dusky Megapode
Megapodius freycinet

Biak Scrubfowl Megapodius geelvinkianus

Melanesian Megapode
Megapodius eremita

Vanuatu Megapode
Megapodius layardi

New Guinea Scrubfowl
Megapodius affinis

Orange-footed Scrubfowl
Megapodius reinwardt

Pile-builder Scrubfowl
Megapodius molistructor

Leipoa ocellata

Australian Brushturkey
Alectura lathami

Wattled Brushturkey
Aepypodius arfakianus

Waigeo Brushturkey
Aepypodius bruijnii

Red-billed Brushturkey
Talegalla cuvieri

Black-billed Brushturkey
Talegalla fuscirostris

Collared Brushturkey
Talegalla jobiensis



Darryl Jones and Ann Goth

Australian Natural History Series



"Mound-builders are unique in being the only birds that do not incubate their eggs using body heat; rather, a variety of naturally occurring sources of heat is exploited such as solar energy and the heat generated by decomposing organic matter. This book shows how this remarkable adaptation influences every part of these birds' lives, including the development of the embryo, the parentless life of the hatchlings, their social organisation and their survival. Twenty-two species of mound-builders exist within the Megapode family. Mound-builders examines the three occurring in Australia: the Scrubfowl in the humid tropics; the Brush turkey in dense forested areas from Cape York to Sydney; and most remarkable of all, the Malleefowl in the arid interior. Scientific interest in these birds has increased considerably in recent decades, and Mound-builders summarises many significant discoveries. With a strong emphasis on conservation and changing interactions between mound-builders and people, this is an excellent introduction to one of the most unusual bird families."

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Megapodes: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan 2000-2004

Edited by Rene W.R.J. Dekker, Richard A. Fuller and Gillian C. Baker on behalf of the WPA/BirdLife/SSC Megapode Specialist Group

International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources


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The Megapodes

Daryl N. Jones, René W.R.J. Dekker & Cees S. Roselaar

Colour plates: Ber van Perlo

Oxford University Press


262 pages, 8 colour plates, 15 line drawings, 23 maps

This work describes the 22 species of Megapodes that are found in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, The Philippines, and some Pacific islands. As well as full species descriptions, there are general chapters on taxonomy and relationships, distribution, biogeography, speciation, general biology and behaviour, Megapode incubation sites, ecophysiology and adaptations, reproductive behaviour and mating systems, evolution of megapode incubation strategies and conservation. The 8 colour plates illustrate adult and juvenile birds.

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Megapodes: An Action Plan for their Conservation 1995-1999

Compiled by René W.R.J.Dekker, Philip J.K.McGowan, and the WPA/Birdlife/SSC Megapode Specialist Group

International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources


"This Action Plan covers the megapodes, a group of gallinaceous birds comprising 22 species according to the most recent taxonomic consideration. The objectives of this document are to identify the most threatened species and subspecies within this family and prioritise the conservation action to protect them by outlining project briefs for the most urgent cases."

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Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 2: New World Vultures to Guineafowl

Edited by Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and Jordi Sargatal

Lynx Edicions


638 pages, 60 colour plates, 302 colour photos, 590 distribution maps.

This volume covers: New World vultures, osprey, hawks & eagles, secretarybird, caracaras & falcons, megapodes, chachalacas, guans & curassows, turkeys, grouse, New World quails, partridges & pheasants, and guineafowl.

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Last updated December 2011