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Any of various large-footed, ground-dwelling birds of the family Megapodiidae, found in Australia, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific islands, that build mounds or burrows of earth and compost in which to incubate their eggs. Also called mound builder.

[From Megapodius, type genus : mega- + New Latin -podius, masculine of -podium, -pod.]
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(Animals) any ground-living gallinaceous bird of the family Megapodiidae, of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands. Their eggs incubate in mounds of sand, rotting vegetation, etc, by natural heat. Also called: mound-builder or moundbird See also brush turkey, mallee fowl
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Noun1.megapode - large-footed short-winged birds of Australasiamegapode - large-footed short-winged birds of Australasia; build mounds of decaying vegetation to incubate eggs
gallinacean, gallinaceous bird - heavy-bodied largely ground-feeding domestic or game birds
leipoa, Leipoa ocellata, lowan, mallee fowl - Australian mound bird; incubates eggs naturally in sandy mounds
Alectura lathami, brush turkey - black megapode of wooded regions of Australia and New Guinea
Macrocephalon maleo, maleo - Celebes megapode that lays eggs in holes in sandy beaches
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References in classic literature ?
He ate out of a sense of necessity and duty, and cared little for what he ate, save for one thing: the eggs of the megapodes that were, in season, laid in his private, personal, strictly tabooed megapode laying-yard.
You may chance upon megapode (tabon) birds and turtles laying eggs (at nighttime) on a secluded shore.
Kubo spoke of these named groups as oobi, a term that translates, literally, as 'man mound'--an assemblage of people brought together, as a megapode (djago) rakes together the leaves on the forest floor to make a mound (djago bi) in which to incubate its eggs.
EVER HEARD OF A MEGAPODE? ALONG with tracking rare owls, Joseph also guides walks to find nicobar pigeons (a close relative of the dodo) and intriguingly-named megapodes.
Chris added: "Some modern-day species, such as crocodilians and megapode birds, use their snout to measure nest temperature, and in the case of crocodiles even pick up their young with extreme care, despite their huge mouths.
Paternity in the Australian brush-turkey, Alectura lathami, a megapode bird with uniparental male care.
Among his catches were: the Nicobar Jungle Flycatcher, Central Nicobar Serpent Eagle, Nicobar Megapode, Arctic Warbler etc.
Vleck, "Gas exchange in the incubation mounds of megapode birds," Journal of Comparative Physiology B, vol.
A bird called the Micronesian megapode doesn't use its body heat to incubate its eggs, like most birds do.
16 WHICH comedy favourite was almost called Arthur Megapode's Cheap Show?
Veitch, B 1994, 'Hearth stones in the mound: one variable that may aid in the differentiation between shell mounds and megapode incubation mounds', in M Sullivan, S Brockwell & C Webb (eds), Archaeology in the north, Proceedings of the 1993 AAA Conference, Darwin, NT, N.A.R.U.
Smaller surface soil features with elevated nitrogen and organic carbon levels were the result of mounds constructed by megapode birds (Noble 1993).