Megapodes (Megapodiidae)

Melanesian Scrubfowl (Megapodius eremita) - HBW 2, p. 308

French: Mégapode mélanésien German: Bismarckhuhn Spanish: Talégalo Eremita
Other common names: Bismarck Scrubfowl

Taxonomy: Megapodius eremita Hartlaub, 1867, Ninigo Islands.
Formerly included in M. freycinet. Generally considered to form part of the M. freycinet superspecies. Known to hybridize with M. affinis on Karkar I (off NE New Guinea); comparison of specimens taken on Karkar I in 1914 and 1969 indicates that this population may have moved closer to present species than to M. affinis. Reported to hybridize with M. reinwardt in D'Entrecasteaux Is and Louisiade Archipelago, where present species not known to occur. Race brenchleyi traditionally accepted for birds of Solomon Is (including Bougainville I and Buka I), b.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Megapodius eremita Hartlaub, 1867, Ninigo Islands.
Formerly included in M. freycinet. Generally considered to form part of the M. freycinet superspecies. Known to hybridize with M. affinis on Karkar I (off NE New Guinea); comparison of specimens taken on Karkar I in 1914 and 1969 indicates that this population may have moved closer to present species than to M. affinis. Reported to hybridize with M. reinwardt in D'Entrecasteaux Is and Louisiade Archipelago, where present species not known to occur. Race brenchleyi traditionally accepted for birds of Solomon Is (including Bougainville I and Buka I), but validity doubtful. Monotypic.

Distribution: Ninigo Group through Admiralty Islands, New Britain, New Ireland and rest of Bismarck Archipelago to Solomon Is.