RICHARD BROOKS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY RICHARD BROOKS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Micronesian megapode (Megapodius laperouse) digging at its nest mound. This bird is found on isolated islands in the tropical western Pacific Ocean. It is classified as endangered due to habitat destruction and predation from introduced cats, rats and other animals, and it is has been extirpated on several islands. It is a largely ground-dwelling bird that feeds on a wide variety of foods found on the forest floor. It is known for its large nest mounds, which it builds from sand and vegetation. The bird then buries its eggs in the mound, relying on geothermal heat, solar heat or heat from decaying vegetation to warm the developing young. On hatching, the birds are the most developed of any bird species, hatching fully feathered and able to walk and even fly. Filmed on Palau.
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