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- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Megapodiidae.
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The brush turkey ( 'Talegalla'), the 'Megapodius', several species of pigeon, with a few ducks and quail, comprise the whole.
Of this bird, Professor Owen observes, "On comparing the osteology of the 'Talegalla' with that of other birds, it exhibits all the essential modifications which characterize the gallinaceous tribe; and among the Rasores, it most nearly resembles the genera Penelope and Crax."
Just before getting into camp he espied what he supposed to be a fresh turkey's nest (the 'Talegalla Lathami'); jumping off his horse, he eagerly commenced rooting it up, expecting to be rewarded by a fine haul of eggs.
In game birds and water-fowl, however, the females are often very plainly coloured, when the males are adorned with brilliant hues; and the abnormal family of the Megapodidæ offers us the interesting fact of an identity in the colours of the sexes (which in Megacephalon and Talegalla are somewhat conspicuous), in conjunction with the habit of not sitting on the eggs at all.
Family Common Name Species Megapodiidae Red-billed brush-turkey Talegalla cuvieri Loriidae Striated lorikeet Charmosyna multistriata Alcedinidae Little paradise-kingfisher Tanysiptera hydrocharis Meliphagidae Spot-breasted meliphaga Meliphaga mimikae Paradisaeidae Greater bird-of-paradise Paradisaea apoda An asterisk signifies that the species 'range is limited to this ecoregion.
Leachii) was shot; we passed several nests of the brush-turkey (Talegalla