Micronesian Scrubfowl, Micronesian Scrubfowl, Marianas Scrubfowl

Micronesian Scrubfowl, Micronesian Scrubfowl, Marianas Scrubfowl

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Micronesian Scrubfowl, Micronesian Scrubfowl, Marianas Scrubfowl by Kathy Kleinsteiber
Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
MEGAPODIIDAE
Order: 
GALLIFORMES
Genus: 
Megapodius
Species: 
laperouse
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Gaimard, 1823
Medium: 
Watercolor
Artist Statement: 
The Micronesian Scrubfowl is sometimes called an “incubator bird” because it uses ingenious ways to incubate its eggs. On volcanic islands, it uses geothermal heat to warm its eggs and sometimes even adds and removes rotting vegetation to regulate the heat. The young are so mature upon hatching that they can fly on their first day! The Scrubfowl is a ground-dwelling bird and is seriously threatened by introduced rats.