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Birding in Madagascar at
your own pace!

Madagascar Birding Tours

18 days / 17 nights

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The Madagascan Birdlife

The birdlife of Madagascar is particularly very rich especially in species that exist nowhere else on earth.
The forest of Madagascar still keeps marvelous secrets of the nature, including the birdlife.
In the dry deciduous forest of the west or the evergreen wet rainforest of the east as well as in the spiny forest of the south-west, many endemic species can live only in the natural forest habitat and cannot be found in another human-modified habitats like the agricultural area or rice fields.

The birdlife of Madagascar counts 282 species but two of them have been extincted recently according to scientists. 104 of them are endemic.
Among the living 280 species, 208 live permanently in Madagascar and 72 are migrators.

The following families are endemic to Madagascar :

  • the Mesitornithidae family
  • the sub-family of Couinae
  • the family of Bachypteraciidea
  • the Leptosomidae family
  • the subfamily of Philepittenae
  • the Bernieridae family
  • and the Vangidae family

 

>> See detailed list with english names.

Our field guides and birds experts have experiences ranging from 5 to 20 years will be delighted to help you observing the birds of Madagascar. Above their fields experiences, they also acquire regular updates and trainings.

Itinerary outline:

    • Antananarivo
    • Diego Suarez
    • Montagne d’Ambre National Park
    • Tsingy of Ankarana
    • Ampijoroa National Park
    • Betsiboka River
    • Majunga
    • Antananarivo
    • Lake Alarobia, Ramsar
    • Perinet/Andasibe National Park – Mantadia Reserve
    • Ranomafana National Park
    • Isalo National Park
    • The Table
    • Zombitse National Park
    • Ifaty
    • St-Augustin
    • Antananarivo

Madagascar birding tours

Suggested Extensions:

– The Lake Tsimanapetsotsa, recently classified as a Ramsar site
– The Onilahy River
– Anjozorobe corridor
– Mountain d’Ambre National Park
– Masoala National Park
– Marojejy National Park
– Belo sur Mer to Kirindy Mitea
– Manambolomaty Reserve – a haven for the Madagascar Fish Eagle.

The itinerary will be customized as per your target species. 
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Tour code: #BDT001

The Endemic birds of Madagascar

This is a short list of the endemic birds of Madagascar per family and sub-family for your reference.
COMMON NAMES SCIENTIFIC NAMES
Mesitornithidae (Mesites) family
White-breasted Mesite  Mesitornis variegata
Brown Mesite  Mesitornis unicolor
Subdesert Mesite  Monias benschi
Cuculidae family (Cuckoos)
Blue Coua  Coua caerulea
Coquerel's Coua Coua coquereli
Crested Coua Coua cristata
Running Coua Coua cursor
Giant Coua  Coua gigas
Red-fronted Coua Coua reynaudii
Red-capped Coua Coua r. ruficeps
Red-breasted Coua Coua serriana
Verreaux's Coua  Coua verreauxi
Madagascar (Lesser) Cuckoo Cuculus rochii
Green-capped Coua Coua ruficeps olivaceiceps
Madagascar Coucal Centropus t. toulou
Brachypteraciidae Family (Ground-Rollers)
Rufous-headed Ground-Roller  Atelornis crossleyi
Pitta-like Ground-Roller  Atelornis pittoides
Short-legged Ground-Roller Brachypteracias leptosomus
Scaly Ground-Roller  Geobiastes squamiger
Long-tailed Ground-Roller  Uratelornis chimaera
Leptosomidae (Cuckoo-Roller)
(Madagascar) Cuckoo-Roller  Leptosomus discolor
Philepittidae family (Asities)
Common Sunbird-Asity  Neodrepanis coruscans
Yellow-bellied (Sunbird-)Asity  Neodrepanis hypoxantha
Velvet Asity Philepitta castanea
Schlegel's Asity Philepitta schlegeli
Bernieridae family (Malagasy Warblers)
Long-billed Bernieria (Greenbul)  Bernieria madagascariensis
Yellow-browed Oxylabes  Crossleyia xanthophrys
Cryptic Warbler  Cryptosylvicola randrianasoloi
Wedge-tailed Jery  Hartertula flavoviridis
White-throated Oxylabes  Oxylabes madagascariensis
Rand's Warbler  Randia pseudozosterops
Thamnornis (Warbler) Thamnornis chloropetoides
Appert's Tetraka (Greenbul) Xanthomixis apperti
Grey-crowned Tetraka Xanthomixis cinereiceps
Dusky Tetraka Xanthomixis tenebrosa
Spectacled Tetraka (Greenbul) Xanthomixis zosterops
Vangidae family (Vangas & Helmetshrikes)
White-headed Vanga  Artamella (Leptopterus) viridis
Red-tailed Vanga  Calicalicus madagascariensis
Red-shouldered Vanga  Calicalicus rufocarpalis
Blue Vanga  Cyanolanius m. madagascarinus
Helmet Vanga Euryceros prevostii
Sickle-billed Vanga Falculea palliata
Nuthatch Vanga  Hypositta corallirostris
Chabert Vanga  Leptopterus chabert
Crossley's Vanga  Mystacornis crossleyi
Dark Newtonia  Newtonia amphichroa
Archbold's Newtonia  Newtonia archboldi
Common Newtonia  Newtonia brunneicauda
Red-tailed Newtonia Newtonia fanovanae
Bernier's Vanga Oriola bernieri
Ward's Flycatcher  Pseudobias wardi
Rufous Vanga  Schetba rufa
Tylas Vanga  Tylas eduardi
Hook-billed Vanga  Vanga curvirostris
Van Dam's Vanga  Xenopirostris damii
Pollen's Vanga  Xenopirostris polleni
Lafresnaye's Vanga  Xenopirostris xenopirostris

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Madagascar birding tour

Departure: Any day
Period: September to Mid-December
Transportations:

  • 4WD
  • Motorboat
  • Dugout canoe
  • Domestic flights

Accommodations: Hotels, lodges
Starting point: Tana

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