Megapodiidae

plural noun
Mega·po·di·idae

Definition of Megapodiidae 

: a family of gallinaceous birds inhabiting Australia and neighboring islands north and east to the Philippines and Ladrones and known for their habit of heaping up a mass of vegetable debris in which their eggs are laid and hatched — compare brush turkey, leipoa, maleo

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History and Etymology for Megapodiidae

New Latin, from Megapodius, type genus + -idae

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