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Madagascar Soundscapes

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 14:30 -- abc_admin
Victor Randrianary, Sylvie Rifflet and Jean C. Roche. 1997. 61-minute CD with 20 pp booklet in French and English. Sittelle. Available from Wildsounds, P. 0. Box 9, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7XH, UK.
pages 72 - 73

Given the lack of commercially available recordings of Malagasy birds (enterprising ornithologists and birders please note!), this CD provides the only readily available source of the voices of some representatives of the island's fascinating avifauna. Twenty six bird species, many of which are endemic or nearly so, are incorporated into the three soundscapes: A day on the east coast, A day at Nosy Mangabe and A day in the far south of Madagascar. The species are: Tylas Vanga Tylas eduardi, Madagascar Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus rochii, Stripe-throated Jery Neomixis striatigula, Cryptic Warbler Cryptosylvicola randrianasoloi, Crossley's Babbler Mystacornis crossleyi, Grey Emutail Dromaeocercus seebohmi, Blue Coua Coua caerulea, Common Newtonia Newtonia brunneicauda, Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone mutata, Crested Drongo Dicrurus forficatus, Sickle-billed Vanga Falculea palliata, Greater Vasa Parrot Coracopsis vasa, Lesser Vasa Parrot C. nigra, Black Kite Milvus migrans, Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus, Hook-billed Vanga Vanga curvirostris, Crested Coua Coua cristata, Madagascar Sandgrouse Pterocles personatus, Madagascar Coucal Centropus toulou, Madagascar Bee-eater Merops superciliosus, Grey-headed Lovebird Agapornis cana, Madagascar Harrier-Hawk Polyboroides radiatus, Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris, White-browed Owl Ninox superciliaris, Malagasy Scops-Owl Otus rutilus and Madagascar Nightjar Caprimulgus madagascariensis. A few additional species appear on the background to the main recordings. Several species of lemur, also high on most visitors' agendas, are also included. Most birders travelling to Madagascar will find the invariably high-quality recordings of this CD an valuable pre-trip tool, and will be pleased to learn that the organisers project at least one follow-up volume. And, for those not yet tempted by Madagascar's avian riches, listening to this compilation may almost provide as much impetus to visit as the two recently published identification guides to the region.

Guy M. Kirwan

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