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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.]


(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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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.
Along with that, flocks of White-Collared Kingfisher, Macklot's Sunbird, Pygmy Flowerpecker, Chinese egrets, scops owls, megapodes (Tabon), eagles and the Nico Bar (Siete Colores) make the island their permanent address.
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.
Paleontologists from Flinders University recently identified five large extinct birds called megapodes that are related to animals that can be found today, including the ( malleefowl , an endangered ground-dwelling bird roughly the size of a chicken, and ( brush-turkeys , known for their dark plumage and bright colors on their heads.