Tanimbar Scrubfowl Megapodius tenimberensis

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A large, dull-colored partridge-like bird with powerful legs and feet, an obvious crest, and pink facial skin. Shy. Singles and pairs inhabit the forest floor within the lowlands. Restricted to Tanimbar Islands, where it is the only megapode, so easily recognized. Gives raucous “KE-OW-KE-OW-KE-OW” calls as well as “KWAK-KWAK-KWAK” notes.

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