Tongan Scrubfowl Megapodius pritchardii

Family: Megapodiidae (Megapodes)

Authority: Gray, 1864

Red List Category

Criteria: B1ab(v)+2ab(v)

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Justification of Red List category
This species is classified as Endangered because it has a very small population and a very small range restricted to two tiny islands. Although the population on Fonualei, where it was recently introduced, is potentially increasing the population on Niuafo'ou is suspected to be undergoing a continuing decline, owing to egg harvesting and predation. The potential population size increase on Fonualei may mean that the species warrants downlisting in the near future.

Population size: 250-999

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 1,800 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 (2019) Species factsheet: Megapodius pritchardii. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 14/10/2019. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2019) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 14/10/2019.