Micronesian Scrubfowl Megapodius laperouse

Family: Megapodiidae (Megapodes)

Authority: Gaimard, 1823

Red List Category

Criteria: B2ab(iii)

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Justification of Red List category
This species has a very small area of occupancy and its habitat is declining in extent and quality as a result of sea level rise due to climate change, forest degradation caused by feral ungulates, and forest clearance for residential and commercial development. Island subpopulations are at risk from stochastic events such as typhoons and volcanic eruptions, as well as further introductions of invasive species such as the Brown Tree Snake. The number of locations is therefore likely to be small, but larger than ten. For these reasons, the species is listed as Near Threatened.

Population size: 2600 - 15400, 4500 mature individuals

Population trend: unknown

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 430,000 km2

Country endemic: no

Land-mass type - oceanic island
Realm - Oceanic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Megapodius laperouse. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/micronesian-scrubfowl-megapodius-laperouse on 30/11/2023.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org on 30/11/2023.