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Orange-footed Scrubfowl - BirdForum Opus

Photo by tcollins
Darwin, Australia
Megapodius reinwardt

Other Names Junglefowl


  • Dark grey
  • Small Head
  • Orange legs
  • Crest at the back of the head.

Similar Species

Subspecies reinwardt
Photo by James Eaton
Komodo Island, Lesser Sundas, Indonesia, June 2005

Australian Brushturkey, which has bare red head and neck and a vertical fanned tail


Asia: Indonesia: Lesser Sundas Sulawesi (Tukangbesi islands), Moluccas (Banda islands, Kai, Aru islands)

Australasia: Papua New Guinea, Australia: Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia, northern Western Australia, Melanesia



Photo by redmill
Daintree, Australia, December 2006

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • M. r. reinwardt:
  • M. r. macgillivrayi:
  • D'Entrecasteaux Islands and Louisiade Archipelago
  • M. r. tumulus:
  • M. r. yorki:
  • North-eastern Australia (Cape York Peninsula and adjacent islands)
  • M. r. castanonotus:
  • East-central Queensland (Cooktown to Yeppoon and offshore islands)


Juvenile, probably even younger than the previous image
Photo by Valéry Schollaert
Mbeliling Raw, Flores, Indonesia, early June 2020
This image comes from Birdforum thread https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?p=4017675#post4017675 . In the same thread is the story of the bird being released after photo was taken.

Scrub, rainforest, foreshores and city parks


  • Pairs or Parties
  • Perches in trees
  • Active, Noisy at Dawn and at Night
  • When disturbed Runs quickly or flies to low branch.
  • Sits motionless with outstretched neck.


Diet includes seeds, fallen fruit and terrestrial invertebrates.


The nest is a large mound formed from sand and decomposing vegetable matter. The eggs are laid when the mount reaches a temperature of around 30-35 degrees C.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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