- any of several large-footed, short-winged gallinaceous Australasian birds of the family Megapodiidae, typically building a compostlike mound of decaying vegetation as an incubator for their eggs.
Origin of megapode
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We only obtained one megapode on Trinkat, and it was found in a trap.In the Andamans and Nicobars
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During the season, he lived almost entirely on megapode eggs.
In truth, he cared no more for megapode meat than for any other meat.
Megapode eggs only stung his taste alive and stimulated the flow of his juices.
The birds were a species of megapode, which are found chiefly in Australia and Borneo and the intermediate islands.The Rival Crusoes
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