Tongan Scrubfowl Megapodius pritchardii


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Butler, D.J. 2014. Field surveys and consultations to support the conservation of the endemic Malau, Polynesian Megapode. Ministry of Environment, Energy, Climate Change, Disaster Management, Meteorology, Information and Communications, Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

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Lloyd, H. 2011. Polynesian megapode surveys on Niuafo'ou, Tonga. World Pheasant Association News: 10.

Lloyd, H., Torres-Sovero, C. and Faka'osi, S. 2011. Conservation Strategy for the Polynesian Megapode Megapodius pritchardii on Niuafo'ou, Tonga. World Pheasant Association, Newcastle, UK and Tonga Community Development Trust, Tongatapu, Tonga.

MEECCDMMIC. 2014. Threatened Species Recovery Plan Polynesian Megapode (Megapodius pritchardii) 2014-2024. MEECCDMMIC, Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

Rinke, D. 1994. The Malau on Fonualei in Northern Tonga. World Pheasant Association News 44: 7-8.

Rinke, D. R.; Soakai, L. H.; Usback, A. 1993. Koe Malau Life. Brehm Fund for International Conservation, Bonn.

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Todd, D. 1983. Pritchard's Megapode on Niuafo'ou Island, Kingdom of Tonga. World Pheasant Association Journal: 69-68.

Watling, D. 2004. No sign of translocated Polynesian Megapodes on Late Island, Kingdom of Tonga. Megapode Newsletter 18: 4.

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BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Megapodius pritchardii. Downloaded from on 13/07/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 13/07/2020.