Tongan Scrubfowl Megapodius pritchardii

Family: Megapodiidae (Megapodes)

Authority: Gray, 1864

Red List Category

Criteria: D1+2

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Justification of Red List category
Following conservation efforts the population trend overall is now believed to be stable or increasing, and to have been so since the early 2000s. Due to this, the species no longer qualifies as Endangered, and would not have done so within the past five years. But the species still has a very small population and range restricted to two locations on two tiny islands. Both locations could be quickly destroyed by one or more of the known plausible threats of hunting, egg collecting, volcanic activity or incursions by invasive mammalian predators. Consequently, the species is listed as Vulnerable.

Population size: 250-999

Population trend: Increasing

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 (2023) Species factsheet: Megapodius pritchardii. Downloaded from on 24/09/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 24/09/2023.