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Madagascar Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vociferoides. Amparafaka littoral, Baly bay, western part of Madagascar

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Country checklist and status


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Endemic species

Alaotra Grebe Tachybaptus rufolavatus
Madagascar Grebe Tachybaptus pelzelnii
Madagascar Crested Ibis Lophotibis cristata
Madagascar Teal Anas bernieri
Meller’s Duck Anas melleri
Madagascar Pochard Aythya innotata
Madagascar Cuckoo Hawk Aviceda madagascariensis
Madagascar Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vociferoides
Madagascar Serpent Eagle Eutriorchis astur
Madagascar Harrier Hawk Polyboroides radiatus
Madagascar Sparrowhawk Accipiter madagascariensis
Henst’s Goshawk Accipiter henstii
Madagascar Buzzard Buteo brachypterus
Banded Kestrel Falco zoniventris
*Madagascar Partridge Margaroperdix madagascariensis
*Madagascar Buttonquail Turnix nigricollis
White-breasted Mesite Mesitornis variegatus
Brown Mesite Mesitornis unicolor
Subdesert Mesite Monias benschi
Madagascar Wood Rail Canirallus kioloides
Madagascar Flufftail Sarothrura insularis
Slender-billed Flufftail Sarothrura watersi
Madagascar Water Rail Rallus madagascariensis
Sakalava Rail Amaurornis olivieri
Madagascar Jacana Actophilornis albinucha
Madagascar Plover Charadrius thoracicus
Madagascar Snipe Gallinago macrodactyla
Madagascar Sandgrouse Pterocles personatus
Madagascar Blue Pigeon Alectroenas madagascariensis
*Grey-headed Lovebird Agapornis canus
Giant Coua Coua gigas
Coquerel’s Coua Coua coquereli
Red-breasted Coua Coua serriana
Red-fronted Coua Coua reynaudii
Running Coua Coua cursor
Red-capped Coua Coua ruficeps
Crested Coua Coua cristata
Verreaux’s Coua Coua verreauxi
Blue Coua Coua caerulea
Madagascar Red Owl Tyto soumagnei
Madagascar Scops Owl Otus rutilus
White-browed-Owl Ninox superciliaris
Madagascar Long-eared Owl Asio madagascariensis
Collared Nightjar Caprimulgus enarratus
Madagascar Pygmy Kingfisher Ceyx madagascariensis
Short-legged Ground Roller Brachypteracias leptosomus
Scaly Ground Roller Brachypteracias squamigera
Pitta-like Ground Roller Atelornis pittoides
Rufous-headed Ground Roller Atelornis crossleyi
Long-tailed Ground Roller Uratelornis chimaera
Velvet Asity Philepitta castanea
Schlegel’s Asity Philepitta schlegeli
Wattled Asity Neodrepanis coruscans
Yellow-bellied Asity Neodrepanis hypoxantha
Madagascar Bush Lark Mirafra hova
Madagascar Wagtail Motacilla flaviventris
Madagascar Cuckoo-Shrike Coracina cinerea
Madagascar Magpie-Robin Copsychus albospecularis
Littoral Rock Thrush Pseudocossyphus imerina
Forest Rock Thrush Pseudocossyphus sharpei
Benson’s Rock Thrush Pseudocossyphus bensoni
Brown Emu-tail Dromaeocercus brunneus
Grey Emu-tail Amphilais seebohmi
Madagascar Brush Warbler Nesillas typica
Madagascar Swamp Warbler Acrocephalus newtoni
Rand’s Warbler Randia pseudozosterops
Cryptic Warbler Cryptosylvicola randriansoloi
Thamnornis Thamnornis chloropetoides
Common Newtonia Newtonia brunneicauda
Dark Newtonia Newtonia amphichroa
Archbold’s Newtonia Newtonia archboldi
Red-tailed Newtonia Newtonia fanovanae
Long-billed Tetraka Bernieria madagascariensis
Short-billed Tetraka Xanthomixis zosterops
Appert’s Tetraka Xanthomixis apperti
Dusky Tetraka Xanthomixis tenebrosa
Grey-crowned Tetraka Xanthomixis cinereiceps
White-throated Oxylabes Oxylabes madagascariensis
Madagascar Yellowbrow Crossleyia xanthophrys
Crossley’s Babbler Mystacornis crossleyi
Madagascar Jery Neomixis tenella
Green Jery Neomixis viridis
Stripe-throated Jery Neomixis striatigula
Wedge-tailed Jery Neomixis flavoviridis
Ward’s Flycatcher Pseudobias wardi
Red-tailed Vanga Calicalicus madagascariensis
Red-shouldered Vanga Calicalicus rufocarpalis
Rufous Vanga Schetba rufa
Hook-billed Vanga Vanga curvirostris
Lafresnaye’s Vanga Xenopirostris xenopirostris
Van Dam’s Vanga Xenopirostris damii
Pollen’s Vanga Xenopirostris polleni
Sickle-billed Vanga Falculea palliata
White-headed Vanga Artamella viridis
Chabert's Vanga Leptopterus chabert
Bernier’s Vanga Oriolia bernieri
Helmet Vanga Euryceros prevostii
Nuthatch-Vanga Hypositta corallirostris
Tylas Vanga Tylas eduardi
Madagascar Starling Saroglossa aurata
Nelicourvi Weaver Ploceus nelicourvi
Sakalava Weaver Ploceus sakalava
*Madagascar Red Fody Foudia madagascariensis
Forest Fody Foudia omissa
Madagascar Mannikin Lonchura nana

* introduced on other Indian Ocean Islands

To find out more about some of the wonderful endemic species of Madagascar, see the following feature articles on the African Bird Club website and in the Bulletin.

Ground Rollers by Roger Safford, from Bulletin of the African Bird Club, volume 2.2, August 1995.

Asities by Frank Hawkins, Roger Safford, Will Duckworth and Mike Evans, from Bulletin of the African Bird Club, volume 4.1, March 1997.

Red-shouldered Vanga by Frank Hawkins, Marc Rabenandrasana, Marie Clementine Virginie, Rabeony Orly Manese, Raoul Mulder, Emahalala Rayonné Ellis and Robert Ramariason, from Bulletin of the African Bird Club, volume 5.1, March 1998.

Helmet Vanga by Roger Safford, from Bulletin of the African Bird Club volume 7.1, March 2000.

Spiny forest by Joe Tobias and Nat Seddon, from Bulletin of the African Bird Club, volume 9.1, March 2002.

Near endemic species (found in 3 countries at most)

Madagascar Heron Ardea humbloti
Madagascar Marsh Harrier Circus maillardi
Frances’s Sparrowhawk Accipiter francesiae
Madagascar Kestrel Falco newtoni
White-throated Rail Dryolimnas cuvieri
Madagascar Green Pigeon Treron australis
Madagascar Turtle Dove Streptopelia picturata
Greater Vasa Parrot Coracopsis vasa
Lesser Vasa Parrot Coracopsis nigra
Madagascar Coucal Centropus toulou
Madagascar Nightjar Caprimulgus madagascariensis
Madagascar Spinetail Zoonavena grandidieri
Madagascar Kingfisher Alcedo vintsioides
Cuckoo Roller Leptosomus discolor
Madagascar Black Bulbul Hypsipetes madagascariensis
Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone mutata
Madagascar White-eye Zosterops maderaspatanus
Madagascar Green Sunbird Cinnyris notatus
Souimanga Sunbird Cinnyris souimanga
Blue Vanga Cyanolanius madagascarinus
Madagascar Crested Drongo Dicrurus forficatus

Threatened species

Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans Vulnerable
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross Diomedea (chlororhynchos) carteri Endangered
Southern Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus Vulnerable
White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis Vulnerable
Alaotra Grebe Tachybaptus rufolavatus Critical
Madagascar Grebe Tachybaptus pelzelnii Vulnerable
Madagascar Pond Heron Ardeola idae Endangered
Madagascar Heron Ardea humbloti Endangered
Madagascar Sacred Ibis Threskiornis (aethiopicus) bernieri Endangered
Madagascar Teal Anas bernieri Endangered
Meller’s Duck Anas melleri Endangered
Madagascar Pochard Aythya innotata Critical
Madagascar Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vociferoides Critical
Madagascar Serpent Eagle Eutriorchis astur Endangered
Madagascar Marsh Harrier Circus maillardi Vulnerable
White-breasted Mesite Mesitornis variegatus Vulnerable
Brown Mesite Mesitornis unicolor Vulnerable
Subdesert Mesite Monias benschi Vulnerable
Slender-billed Flufftail Sarothrura watersi Endangered
Madagascar Water Rail Rallus madagascariensis Vulnerable
Sakalava Rail Amaurornis olivieri Endangered
Madagascar Plover Charadrius thoracicus Vulnerable
Madagascar Pratincole Glareola ocularis Vulnerable
Madagascar Red Owl Tyto soumagnei Endangered
Short-legged Ground Roller Brachypteracias leptosomus Vulnerable
Scaly Ground Roller Brachypteracias squamigera Vulnerable
Long-tailed Ground Roller Uratelornis chimaera Vulnerable
Yellow-bellied Asity Neodrepanis hypoxantha Vulnerable
*Amber Mountain Rock Thrush Monticola erythronotus Endangered
Red-tailed Newtonia Newtonia fanovanae Vulnerable
Appert’s Tetraka Xanthomixis apperti Vulnerable
Dusky Tetraka Xanthomixis tenebrosa Vulnerable
Red-shouldered Vanga Calicalicus rufocarpalis Vulnerable
Van Dam’s Vanga Xenopirostris damii Endangered
Bernier’s Vanga Oriolia bernieri Vulnerable
Helmet Vanga Euryceros prevostii Vulnerable

* Not on the ABC checklist. See reference (v), page 134.

The lists of endemic, near endemic and threatened species have been compiled from a number of sources including the African Bird Club, BirdLife International, Birds of the World Version 2.0 ® 1994-1996, Dr. Charles Sibley and Thayer Birding Software, Ltd. and Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands (SINCLAIR I. & LANGRAND O. 1998) .

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