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Related to megapodes: Megapodiidae
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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|Noun||1.||megapode - large-footed short-winged birds of Australasia; build mounds of decaying vegetation to incubate eggs|
leipoa, Leipoa ocellata, lowan, mallee fowl - Australian mound bird; incubates eggs naturally in sandy mounds