|To:||"'Neill Greg'" <>,|
|Subject:||Re: Pacific's last megapode bird declared saved from extinction|
|From:||Mike Tarburton <>|
|Date:||Tue, 24 Jun 2003 13:50:29 +1000|
Greg & others
The megapode (Maleo in Tongan) in Tonga is now called the Polynesian Megapode or Scrubfowl (Megapodius pritchardii). It is believed to have been more widespread pre-polynesian times but is now confined to two islands in Tonga.
The one you speak of in the Solomon Islands is the Melanesian Scrubfowl (Megapode) M.eremita. It is widespread through the Bismarch Archipelago.
There are also the following species Vanuatu Scrubfowl M. layardi, Orange-footed Scrubfowl of N Australia and S New Guinea, The New Guinea Scrubfowl of N New Guinea M. affinis, The Dusky Scrubfowl M. freycinet of W. New Guinea, the Micronesian Scrubfowl etc. etc.
So really we would be more corect in talking of the last megapode in Polynesia or the last population of the Polynesian Scrubfowl or Megapode.
Hope this info clarifies the position a little.
Happy megapode hunting. (keep your photos in a humidity free environment)
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