Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt)

…a species of megapode (Megapodiidae) which occurs in southern New Guinea, northern Australia and many islands in Wallacea. M. rienwardt typically inhabits a wide range of forests and scrubland. Like other galliform birds orange-footed srubfowl are chiefly terrestrial and will forage for seeds, fallen fruit, and a range of invertebrates. In typical megapode fashion orange-footed scrubfowl do not incubate their eggs with body heat, but instead will build a massive mound of decaying vegetation and sand to keep their eggs incubated. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Galliformes-Megapodiidae-Megapodius-M. rienwardt

Image: Toby Hudson

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Sparing a thought for maleo birds on World Egg Day

by Simon Bradley / Save Our Species IUCN

Friday, October 11th is World Egg Day, when agribusiness promotes the consumption of eggs as a healthy source of protein. When it comes to one of Indonesia’s national icons however, the Endangered maleo bird (Macrocephalon maleo), conservationists such as the Alliance for Tompotika Conservation (AlTo) an SOS – Save Our Species grantee, are trying to discourage the practice of eating its giant eggs for special occasions.

his distinctive megapode – about the size of a chicken – is endemic to Sulawesi and Buton Islands, where it once blackened the beaches during egg-laying season, when the usually solitary animals would march out of the jungle to mate and bury eggs deep in the sands. Nowadays, the unusual life-cycle of the maleo is an increasingly rare sight. Using its big claws to hatch and tunnel to the surface, the lone chick can walk, feed itself and fly within a matter of hours, being independent of its parents and leaving evolutionary biologists to ponder how individuals recognize each other later in life.  A remarkable bird indeed, the maleo is also strikingly beautiful and has been legally protected in Indonesia since 1972. Yet old habits die hard and maleo eggs – like most megapode eggs – are very high in protein, making a tasty dish for those who can find them…

(read more: Monga Bay)

photos by Kevin Schafer and Marcy Summers

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"While most birds sit on their eggs to keep their unhatched young warm, maleos bury their large eggs in underground nests, letting heat from geothermal sources, the sun or decaying vegetation do the work for them.

The chicks, when they finally hatch, are quite mature; on day one, they can dig themselves out from under 3 feet of earth, then start flying and foraging without any help from their parents.”

Bizarre, egg-burying birds hatch at Bronx Zoo

Hat tip to Birdchick

Maleos, Bizarre Egg Burying Birds, Hatch At Bronx Zoo

by Megan Gannon

Three maleo chicks have been hatched at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Bronx Zoo in New York, where keepers recreated the conditions of the birds’ bizarre incubation.

While most birds sit on their eggs to keep their unhatched young warm, maleos bury their large eggs in underground nests, letting heat from geothermal sources, the sun or decaying vegetation do the work for them.

The chicks, when they finally hatch, are quite mature; on day one, they can dig themselves out from under 3 feet (1 meter) of earth, then start flying and foraging without any help from their parents…

(read more: Live Science)                (photo: Julie L. Maher/WCS)

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Dolphins- Spy in the Pod
Narrated by David Tennant.

Very much enjoyed watching this program so i highly recommend it for everyone! I love all the spy creatures they have, and some of the footage is incredible- for example ‘Spy Tuna’ gets some amazing footage of a mega-pod of spinner dolphins (they look like a massive shoal of fish there is so many!) 

Anyway next week is Orca’s! Can’t wait!

(If you want to see this program but are outside the UK - An add on for Chrome/Firefox called ‘Hola’ should enable it to play (i have only used it in the reverse mind you so please let me know if it doesn’t!) 

Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami)

… also frequently called the Scrub Turkey or Bush Turkey, is a common, widespread species of mound-building bird found in eastern Australia from Far North Queensland to Illawarra in New South Wales. It is the largest extant representative of the family Megapodiidae and is one of three species to inhabit Australia. Despite its name and their superficial similarities, the bird is not closely related to American turkeys...

(read more: Wikipedia)        (photo: JJ Harrison)

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Megapod Films Showreel 2014.
Featuring talented animators Austin VuLokman Leung and Dominic Yates.

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(Dolphin Safari)  Drones Over Blue Whales, Gray Whales in Surf, Megapod of Dolphins off Dana Point Whale Watching

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