MADAGASCAR   -   OCT-NOV 2010   -   BIRDS PART 1

Madagascar Partridge through Madagascar Sandgrouse


Madagascar Partridge - Margaroperdix madagascarensis
Madagascar Partridge
Margaroperdix madagascarensis
Hôtel Le Jardin du Roy, Isalo area, Ihorombe region, Madagascar.
Female. (S6)


Harlequin Quail - Coturnix delegorguei
Harlequin Quail
Coturnix delegorguei delegorguei
Ambondromamy, Boeny region, Madagascar.
Male. (S6)


Madagascar Grebe - Tachybaptus pelzelnii
Madagascar Grebe
Tachybaptus pelzelnii
Andasibe-Mantadia NP, Atsinanana region, Madagascar.
(S6)


Red-tailed Tropicbird - Phaethon rubricauda
Red-tailed Tropicbird
Phaethon rubricauda rubricauda
Nosy Ve, Atsimo-Andrefana region, Madagacar.
(S6)


Red-tailed Tropicbird - Phaethon rubricauda
Red-tailed Tropicbird
Phaethon rubricauda rubricauda
Nosy Ve, Atsimo-Andrefana region, Madagacar.
(S6)


Red-tailed Tropicbird - Phaethon rubricauda
Red-tailed Tropicbird
Phaethon rubricauda rubricauda
Nosy Ve, Atsimo-Andrefana region, Madagacar.
A juvenile bird almost ready to take its first flight. (S6)


Red-tailed Tropicbird - Phaethon rubricauda
Red-tailed Tropicbird
Phaethon rubricauda rubricauda
Nosy Ve, Atsimo-Andrefana region, Madagacar.
A nestling. Nests are located under bushes to shade them from the blazing sun. (S6)


Humblot's Heron - Ardea humbloti
Humblot's Heron
Ardea humbloti
Lac Ravelobe, Ankarafantsika NP, Boeny region, Madagascar.
This bulky heron is virtually endemic to western Madagasar (there are records of presumed vagrants from the Comoros).This is one of a few photos I disgiscoped with a Nikon P5100 camera, none of which turned out particularly well. A lot of that may have to do with the lack of a decent mount since the camera itself seems decent. I'll have to experiment with homemade mounts. (D6)


Little (Dimorphic) Egret - Egretta garzetta dimorpha
Little (Dimorphic) Egret
Egretta garzetta dimorpha
Nosy Ve, Atsimo-Andrefana region, Madagacar.
This taxon is endemic to Madagascar and a few other nearby islands. The Clements list, as well as the IUCN,  treats it as a subspecies of Little Egret, but this is position is not universally followed as different ornithologists have come to a variety of conclusions. A discussion of it can be found here. (S6)


Squacco Heron - Ardeola ralloides
Squacco Heron
Ardeola ralloides
Parc de Tsarasaotra, Antananarivo, Analamanga region, Madagascar.
(D6)


Madagascar Pond-Heron - Ardeola idae
Madagascar Pond-Heron
Ardeola idae
Parc de Tsarasaotra, Antananarivo, Analamanga region, Madagascar.
Despite its name, this species is not endemic. It breeds only on Madagascar and Aldabra, but migrates to mainland Africa during the non-breeding season. This is an adult sitting on a nest. In non-breeding plumage, it becomes predominately brown. (D6)


Black-crowned Night-Heron - Nycticorax nycticorax
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Nycticorax nycticorax nycticorax
Parc de Tsarasaotra, Antananarivo, Analamanga region, Madagascar.
A familiar species to most birders in the world! The ones on Madagascar are the same race as the rest of Africa and Eurasia. (S6)


Black Kite - Milvus migrans
Black Kite
Milvus migrans parasitus
Hôtel Le Jardin du Roy, Isalo area, Ihorombe region, Madagascar.
Juvenile. (S6)


Madagascar Fish-Eagle - Haliaeetus vociferoides
Madagascar Fish-Eagle
Haliaeetus vociferoides
Lac Ravelobe, Ankarafantsika NP, Boeny region, Madagascar.
One of the most endangered raptors on the planet, with it's population estimated at around 120 breeding pairs. (D6)


Madagascar Harrier-Hawk - Polyboroides radiatus
Madagascar Harrier-Hawk
Polyboroides radiatus
Ankarafantsika NP, Boeny region, Madagascar.
(S6)


Frances's Goshawk - Accipiter francesii
Frances's Goshawk
Accipiter francesii francesii
Ankarafantsika NP, Boeny region, Madagascar.
Female. (S6)


Madagascar Buzzard - Buteo brachypterus
Madagascar Buzzard
Buteo brachypterus
Ranomafana NP, Vatovavy-Fitovinany Region, Madagascar.
With a Crested Drongo Dicrurus forficatus in hot pursuit! (S6)


Madagascar Kestrel - Falco newtoni
Madagascar Kestrel
Falco newtoni
Antsirabe, Vakinankaratra region, Madagascar.
Female. The most common falcon in Madagascar, thriving even in towns and cities. It is not endemic, since it also occurs on Aldabra Island in the Seychelles. (S6)


Madagascar Kestrel - Falco newtoni
Madagascar Kestrel
Falco newtoni
Hôtel Le Jardin du Roy, Isalo area, Ihorombe region, Madagascar.
Male. (S6)


Madagascar Kestrel - Falco newtoni
Madagascar Kestrel
Falco newtoni
Ifaty, Atsimo-Andrefana region, Madagascar.
Female. (S6)


Banded Kestrel - Falco zoniventris
Banded Kestrel
Falco zoniventris
Ifaty, Atsimo-Andrefana region, Madagascar.
A scarce endemic to Madagascar. Local guides extracted Hissing Cockroaches Gromphadorhina portentosa from dead branches and threw them onto the ground to attract the kestrel. It worked! (S6)


Subdesert Mesite - Monias benschi
Subdesert Mesite
Monias benschi
Ifaty, Atsimo-Andrefana region, Madagascar.
Female. The mesites belong to a family, the Mesitornithidae, that is endemic to Madagascar. The Subdesert Mesite is restricted to a small 200 km long coastal strip of arid "spiny forest" in the Southwest. (S6)


Madagascar Plover - Charadrius thoracicus
Madagascar Plover
Charadrius thoracicus
Mogily, Atsimo-Andrefana region, Madagascar.
Madagascar's only endemic shorebird. (S6)


White-fronted Plover - Charadrius marginatus
White-fronted Plover
Charadrius marginatus tenellus
Nosy Ve, Atsimo-Andrefana region, Madagascar.
(S6)


Lesser Crested Tern - Thalasseus bengalensis
Lesser Crested Tern
Thalasseus bengalensis bengalensis
Betsiboka estuary, Boeny region, Madagascar.
(S6)


Madagascar Sandgrouse - Pterocles personatus
Madagascar Sandgrouse
Pterocles personatus
Ankilibe, Toliara, Atsimo-Andrefana region, Madagascar.
(S6)















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