Megapodius Quoy & Gaim., Voy. 'Uranie,' p. 125 (1824).
Type, Megapodius freycinet.
In this genus the bill is moderate; the nostrils large, oval and longitudinally elongate; legs and feet very large and powerful,the front of the tarsus broadly scutellated; the claws long and straight,, the hind-claw longest; wings short and rounded, the fifth primary longest and the first subequal to the tenth ; tail of twelve feathers, short and rounded. Sexes alike.
Numerous species and subspecies are known extending from the Nicobars to Australia and New Guinea. One species only is represented in India.