Tongan Scrubfowl Megapodius pritchardii

Family: Megapodiidae (Megapodes)

Authority: Gray, 1864

Red List Category

Criteria: B1ab(v)

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Justification of Red List category
This species is classified as Endangered because it has a very small population restricted to two tiny islands. Although the population on Fonualei, where it was recently introduced, is likely to be stable the population on Niuafo'ou is suspected to be undergoing a continuing decline, owing to egg harvesting and predation. If a population on the larger island of Late could also be established, then downlisting to Vulnerable may be warranted.

Population size: 450-650

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 70 km2

Country endemic: Yes

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2017) Species factsheet: Megapodius pritchardii. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2017. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2017) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2017.