Megapodes (Megapodiidae)

Micronesian Scrubfowl (Megapodius laperouse) - HBW 2, p. 306

French: Mégapode de La Pérouse German: Lapérousehuhn Spanish: Talégalo de las Marianas
Other common names: Palau Scrubfowl (senex); Mariana Scrubfowl/Scrubhen (laperouse)

Taxonomy: Megapodius La Pérouse Gaimard, 1823, Tinian Island, Mariana Islands.
Linked with M. layardi in past. Race senex sometimes considered full species, mainly due to geographical isolation and differences in size and normal breeding habits. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • laperouse Gaimard, 1823 - N Mariana Is.
  • senex Hartlaub, 1867 - Palau Is.

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