Genus MEGAPODIUS

Bill moderate; nostrils large, oval, longitudinally elongate; legs and feet large, claws very long and nearly straight, claw of the middle toe as long as the culmen. "Wings rounded, the 1st primary equal to the 10th or a little longer ; secondaries as long as primaries. Tail short and rounded, of 12 feathers.

About fifteen species are known, ranging from the Friendly Islands and Australia to the Philippines and Celebes. One species is found far west of the other members of the genus in the Nicobar Islands.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Genus MEGAPODIUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
147
M_ID: 
613
M_SN: 
Megapodius
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1965

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