Nicobar Scrubfowl Megapodius nicobariensis

Family: Megapodiidae (Megapodes)

Authority: Blyth, 1846

Red List Category

Criteria: A1bc; D1

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Justification of Red List category
This species qualifies as Vulnerable due to a small population size, as a result of a very large one-off population reduction caused by the 2004 tsunami. Monitoring in the years after the tsunami suggests that the population is stable, although there is increased pressure on littoral forests and it is now more than a decade since the last survey. Evidence of declines in the population would lead to a category change in the future. 

Population size: 750-1500

Population trend: Stable

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 8,700 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Land-mass type - oceanic island
Realm - Indomalayan
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Megapodius nicobariensis. Downloaded from on 06/06/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 06/06/2023.