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A nesting ground of Dusky Megapode (Megapode freycinet Gaimard) at the coastal of Rumberpon Island

Freddy Pattiselanno (Megapode Specialist Group; Animal Science Laboratory, Universitas Negeri Papua, Manokwari)


megapodius_freycinet_copy1There are 22 species of Megapodes (Megapodiidae, Galliformes) that rely on external sources of heat to incubate their eggs: bury in volcanic soils, in soils heated by the sun or in mounds of rotting leaves (Jones et al., 1995). It was recognized that 15 species of megapode species were found in Indonesia (Argeloo and Dekker, 1996). Megapodius freycinet (Gaimard) known as Dusky Scrubfowl (Sujatnika et al. 1992) or Dusky Megapode (Argeloo, 1997), classified as Indonesian endemic birds that geographically distributed among North Mollucas, New Guinea and its satellite islands (Rand and Gilliard, 1967; Sujatnika et al. 1992).

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