Dusky Megapodes

Dusky Megapode or Dusky Scrubfowl, Megapodius freycinet

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The Dusky Megapode (Megapodius freycinet) - also known as Dusky Scrubfowl - lives in forests and swamps, including mangroves, of the Maluku and Raja Ampat Islands in Indonesia.


It measures about 41 cm in length.

The plumage is mostly blackish. It has a short pointed crest, bare red facial skin, dark legs, brown iris and dark brown and yellow bill.

The male and female are similar.


It deposits its eggs in a mound made from earth mixed with leaves, sand, gravel and sticks.

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