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This species qualifies as Endangered because it has a very small, fragmented range and a relatively small estimated population. Given the multiple threats across its range, it is likely to be suffering a continuing decline.
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38 cm. Medium-sized, dark megapode with paler head. Mostly brownish-black with short pale grey crest. Yellow bill, red facial skin showing through thin feathers. Unusually large, dingy yellow legs and feet. Similar spp. Could be confused with dark morphs of Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus (or feral domestic stock). Voice Call a loud keek, song often a duet with one bird beginning a rising and accelerating keek-keek-keek-keek- etc. culminating in a loud kee-keer-kew (Palau) or keek-keer-keet (Marianas), the other answering with a rising cackle that slows near the end. Hints Often shy and secretive, but becomes relatively tame on inhabited islands where protected from disturbance.
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Engbring, J.; Pratt, H. D. 1985. Endangered birds in Micronesia: their history, status and future prospects. In: Temple, S. A. (ed.), Bird Conservation, pp. 71-105. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, U.S.A.
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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1998. Recovery plan for the Micronesian Megapode (Megapodius laperouse laperouse).
VanderWerf, E. A. 2007. 2005 bird surveys in the Republic of Palau: final report.
Wiles, G. J.; Conry, P. J. 1990. Terrestrial vertebrates of the Ngerukewid Islands Wildlife Preserve, Palau Islands. Micronesica 23: 41-66.
Wiles, G. J.; Conry, P. J. 2001. Characteristics of nest mounds of Micronesian Megapodes in Palau. Journal of Field Ornithology 72: 267-275.
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Derhé, M., Keane, A., Mahood, S., O'Brien, A., Stattersfield, A.
Lepson, J., Millett, J., Wiles, G., Camp, R., Gupta, A.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2015) Species factsheet: Megapodius laperouse. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/01/2015. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2015) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/01/2015.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Endangered|
|Species name author||Gaimard, 1823|
|Population size||1300-1700 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||840 km2|
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