On the islands of Komodo - Orange-footed scrubfowl

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On the islands of Komodo - Orange-footed scrubfowl

Post by Dj SheepWolf » Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:05 am

Orange-footed scrubfowl
The orange-footed scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt) is a small megapode of the family Megapodiidae.

This species comprises five subspecies found on many islands in Wallacea as well as southern New Guinea and northern Australia. It is a terrestrial bird the size of a domestic chicken and dark-coloured with strong orange legs and a pointed crest at the back of the head. It utilises a range of forest and scrub habitats and has colonised many small islands throughout its range. It is prolific in suburban Darwin gardens, where people refer to it as a Bush Turkey.

In general, populations seem to be stable and the conservation status of the species is considered to be of Least Concern.

The orange-footed scrubfowl feeds on seeds, fallen fruit and terrestrial invertebrates. As with other megapodes, it nests in large mounds of sand, leaf litter and other debris where the heat generated by the decomposition of organic material serves to incubate the eggs. Construction and maintenance of the mounds, which may reach 4.5 m (15 ft) in height and 9 m (30 ft) in diameter, takes place throughout the year.

Some of the subspecies may be treated as full species, such as the Tanimbar scrubfowl (Megapodius tenimberensis), while other subspecies may be considered subspecies of other species (e.g., M. r. buruensis is sometimes considered a subspecies of the dusky megapode).

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Re: On the islands of Komodo - Orange-footed scrubfowl

Post by Nordue » Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:27 am

  • Thanks for contributing to this area of the forum Dennol. But did you write this yourself? If not, please source your information by stating where it came from, or by providing a link to the webpage if it is an online source.

    While citing your information is not technically a rule on WolfQuest, simply copying and pasting information from other sources without adding any original comments of your own can be considered SPAM posting, which is against the rules of the forum.

    If you can make the effort to state where this information came from, as well as add some comments of your own on the topic of the orange-footed scrubfowl, that would be excellent!

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