from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See megapode.

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  • n. large-footed short-winged birds of Australasia; build mounds of decaying vegetation to incubate eggs


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  • The scratching of a scrub fowl among decayed leaves is heard in the jungle at an extraordinary distance, and a splash or ripple far out on the edge of the reef tells him that a shark or kingfish is driving the mullet into the lagoon, where he may easily spear them.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • The cackle and call of the scrub fowl (MEGAPODIUS DUPERREYS) are nocturnal as well as sounds of the day, being repeated at intervals all through the night.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • The channel-billed cuckoo shrieks her discordant warning of the approaching wet season; and the scrub fowl utters those far-off imitations of the exclamation of civilised hens.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber


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