Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of brush-turkey or mound-bird, Megacephalon maleo, a native of Celebes, of a glossy-black and rosy-white color, with a bare neck and head. See Megacephalon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A bird of Celebes (megacephalon maleo), allied to the brush turkey. It makes mounds in which to lay its eggs.
- n. Celebes megapode that lays eggs in holes in sandy beaches
“The maleo is a chicken-sized bird with a blackish back, a pink stomach, yellow facial skin, a red-orange beak and a black helmet or "casque.”
“Endemism is significant at the level of individual islands; Sulawesi has the largest fauna, with 356 species, including 96 endemics, among them the maleo (Macrocephalon maleo, EN), a distinctive megapode currently thought to number between 4,000 and 7,000 breeding pairs.”
“The maleo is but one of some 50 bird species threatened with extinction in this hotspot, including the caerulean paradise-flycatcher (Eutrichomyias rowleyi, CR), which was thought to be extinct until its rediscovery in 1998.”
“And the maleo birds are regular lumps, if we shoot any.”
“Here, too, were quite a flock of the maleo birds, scratching and searching for food, after the fashion of fowl; but as the boat stopped they took alarm, and seemed to skim over the sand, their feet striking the ground so rapidly as to become invisible.”
“Jack was on his right munching fruit, and Bruff on his left, sitting up, patiently attentive, waiting for bones from the hissing, hot maleo bird that had been kept for the sailors 'dinner.”
“The maleo, which has a blackish back, a pink stomach, yellow facial skin, a red-orange beak, lays gigantic eggs that are then buried in the sand or soil.”
“The bird in question is the maleo, a chicken-sized bird that lays its eggs in sand heated by either the sun or volcanism that occurs in its habitat on the island of Sulawesi.”
“The large eggs laid by the early-flying maleo will be protected from humans on the remote Sulawesi island”
“I think I know them," said the captain, "a sort of brush-turkey, I expect, the maleo birds I think they are called, and they are splendid eating.”
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