Micronesian Scrubfowl, Micronesian Scrubfowl, Marianas Scrubfowl
Megapodius laperouse by Kathy Kleinsteiber(8 in. x 8 in. | Watercolor | ID#3945)
Family: MEGAPODIIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
The Micronesian Scrubfowl is sometimes called an “incubator bird” because it uses ingenious ways to incubate its eggs. On volcanic islands, it uses geothermal heat to warm its eggs and sometimes even adds and removes rotting vegetation to regulate the heat. The young are so mature upon hatching that they can fly on their first day! The Scrubfowl is a ground-dwelling bird and is seriously threatened by introduced rats.
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