The Megapodes: MegaPodiidae (Bird Families of the World)

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Book
ISBN 10
0198546513 
ISBN 13
9780198546511 
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Edition
First Edition 
Publication Year
1995 
Pages
xx, 262 p. 
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Distributed over Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, The Philippines, the Nicobar Islands of India, and several southwest Pacific Islands, the Megapodes are heavy-bodied birds of the forest floor which forage for insects, seeds, and fallen fruit. The only birds known to use external heat sources rather than body heat for incubation, their young emerge fully able to fend for themselves and receive no parental care. The first part of the book provides an overview of the family as a whole; describes their taxonomy, distribution, biology, and behavior; and focuses on the physiological, ecological, and behavioral adaptations that have resulted from its unique incubation technique. The second part features 22 species accounts, each of which contains a complete description of the bird in its natural state. Each account is based on the best literature available, the authors' own field research, and information collected from the distinguished efforts of the Megapode Specialist Group.  
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