Birds of Madagascar
Giant land birds such as the elephant bird may have been driven to extinction, but there is so much more in the way of incredible flora, fauna and birdlife to this magical island that has escaped interference from the outside world. Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot and home to a remarkable array of unique and endemic bird species. Due to its isolation as an island for millions of years, Madagascar's avian fauna has evolved in splendid isolation, resulting in a high level of endemism.
- The distinctive-looking Helmet Vanga, with its enormous arched blue bill, can be found in the lowland and lower montane rainforests of northeastern Madagascar.
- The critically endangered Madagascar Fish Eagle is one of the most iconic birds of Madagascar. It is known for its striking appearance and is found near rivers and lakes.
- The ground-dwelling Helmeted Guineafowl is a common sight in Madagascar and is often seen foraging in grasslands and savannas.
- The striking Red-capped Coua with a red crown and vibrant plumage is part of the cuckoo family and is found in Madagascar's forests.
- Known for its large size and impressive voice, the Greater Vasa Parrot is a common sight in Madagascar's forests.
- The unusual Madagascar Cuckoo-Roller bird has a unique and distinctive appearance with its long tail and striking colors. It is found in forests and woodlands.
- The secretive Madagascar Wood Rail is found in dense vegetation and wetlands and is known for its reddish-brown plumage.
- This striking Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher has long tail feathers and is known for its elaborate courtship displays. It is found in forests and gardens.
- This small Malagasy Kingfisher is known for its bright blue plumage and is often seen near freshwater habitats.
- A subspecies of the common hoopoe, the Madagascar Hoopoe is known for its distinctive crest and can be found in various habitats.