Birds
of Madagascan woodlands

In the right national park, the birds of the Madagascan woodlands are easily seen and include spectacular endemic species...


Mesites

The Mesites are a family of birds only found in Madagascar. They are shy and difficult to see.

'White-breasted Mesite', (Ankarafantsika National Park).


'Couas'

Coua are only found in Madagascar. They are related to the ground-cuckoos, and typically have a patch of blue skin around the face. Of the nine species in Madagascar, six are found in the woodlands.

'Red-capped Coua' (Ankarafantsika National Park).

'Crested Coua' (Ankarafantsika National Park).


Madagascan Coucal (Ankarafantsika National Park).


Reed Cormorant (Ankarafantsika National Park).


Herons

Cattle Egret, in breeding plumage.

Humboldt's Heron


Eagles

'Frances Sparrowhawk', (Ankarafantsika National Park).


Cuckoo-Roller (Ankarafantsika National Park).


Hoopoes

Madagascan Hoopoe (Ankarafantsika National Park).


Olive Bee-eater, (Ankarafantsika National Park).


Kingfishers

Madagascan Malachite Kingfisher (Ankarafantsika National Park).

Madagascan Pygmy Kingfisher (Ankarafantsika National Park).


'Broad-billed Roller', (Ankarafantsika National Park).


Family Philepittidae, Asities

A small family restricted to Madagascar.

When Asity build their nest, they just weave a ball, then poke a hole in it afterwards to make an entrance; sort of like building a house and forgetting to put a door in. 

Schlegels Asity (Ankarafantsika National Park).


Vanga

The biggest family of birds in Madagascar are the Vanga. This fascinating group of related birds has exploded into a range of niches, and thus there are many very different looking species.

Rufous Vanga (Ankarafantsika National Park).

Madagascan Blue Vanga (Ankarafantsika National Park).

'Chabert Vanga', (Ankarafantsika National Park).

Sickle-bill Vanga


Drongoes

Crested Drongo (Ankarafantsika National Park).


Family Bernieridae, 'Malagasy Warblers'

A small family birds endemic to Madagascar.

Long-billed Tetraka,  (Ankarafantsika National Park).


Bulbuls

Madagascan Bulbul (Ankarafantsika National Park).


Old World Flycatchers

'Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher', (Ankarafantsika National Park).

'Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher' white form, (Ankarafantsika National Park).

Madagascan Magpie-Robin (Ankarafantsika National Park).


Sunbirds

Souimanga Sunbird (Ankarafantsika National Park).