Madagascar Sept 14 - Oct 3 2004

This is a brief summary of our itinary or page down to lists of Birds or Animals that we saw


 Madagascar Grebe  Tachybaptus pelzelnii  Pool by graphite mine track, Mantadia, only ones we saw
 Great Egret  Ardea alba  Paddyfields, Tana, widespread
 Diamorphic Egret    Egretta dimorpha  Paddyfields, Tana, widespread (we only saw white ones though)
 Squacco Heron  Ardeola ralloides  Paddyfields, Tana, small numbers
 Cattle Egret   Bubulcus ibis  Paddyfields, Tana, very common
 Black-crowned Night-Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax  Tsimbazaza Zoo, Tana, one or two birds
 Hamerkop  Scopus umbretta  Outside Fort Dauphin, 3 in a paddyfield
 Glossy Ibis  Plegadis falcinellus  Outside Brickaville, one flew over road
 Comb Duck  Sarkidiornis melanotos  Berenty, pair on the river
 Red-billed Duck  Anas erythrorhyncha  Outside Fort Dauphin, small flock in lake
Yellow-billed Kite  Milvus aegyptius  Common at Berenty
 Madagascar Harrier-Hawk  Polyboroides radiatus  Perinet fishponds, one circling round, also a few at Berenty
 Frances' Goshawk  Accipiter francesii  Car park, Mantadia, sat quietly in tree
 Madagascar Sparrowhawk  Accipiter madagascariensis  Berenty, few birds perached in dead trees
 Madagascar Buzzard  Buteo brachypterus  Mantadia, circling overhead
 Madagascar Kestrel   Falco newtoni  Vakona Lodge, Perinet also Berenty
 Banded Kestrel  Falco zoniventris  Spiny forest, Ifaty, one bird perched in tree
 Helmeted Guineafowl  Numida meleagris  Berenty, few birds near 'zoo'
 Subdesert Mesite  Monias benschi  Spiny forest, Ifaty, one bird in tree
 Madagascar Buttonquail  Turnix nigricollis  Berenty, few birds alongside trails
 White-throated Rail  Dryolimnas cuvieri  Perinet (heard only in deep bush by road)
 Common Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus  Perinet, Lac Vert, one pair
 Madagascar Pratincole  Glareola ocularis  Bridge outside Brickaville, 3 birds flying
 Common Ringed Plover  Charadrius hiaticula  Beach, Ifaty, few birds feeding
 Madagascar Plover  Charadrius thoracicus  Beach, Ifaty, pair feeding
 Kittlitz's Plover  Charadrius pecuarius  Beach, Ifaty, pair feeding
 White-fronted Plover  Charadrius marginatus  Runway, Ille St Marie., pair in grass
 Whimbrel  Numenius phaeopus  Pirate cemetry, Ille St Marie, also Ifaty beach
 Common Greenshank  Tringa nebularia  Berenty, few birds on river
 Common Sandpiper  Actitis hypoleucos  Berenty, few birds on river
 Ruddy Turnstone  Arenaria interpres  Beach, Ifaty, few birds feeding
 Curlew Sandpiper   Calidris ferruginea  Beach, Ifaty, one feeding
 Kelp Gull  Larus dominicanus  Fort Dauphin, several patrolling along beach
 Caspian Tern  Sterna caspia  Offshore, Ille St Marie, odd birds flying past
 Lesser Crested Tern  Sterna bengalensis  Offshore, Ille St Marie, odd birds flying by
 Great Crested Tern  Sterna bergii  Offshore, Ille St Marie, several birds flying
 Lesser Noddy  Anous tenuirostri  Offshore, Ille St Marie, small group on sea
 Rock Dove  Columba livia  Tana and most large villages
 Madagascar Turtle-Dove  Streptopelia picturata  Panoramie, Ille St Marie, pair in Palm tree
 Namaqua Dove  Oena capensis  Sisal plantation, Berenty, odd birds on ground
 Madagascar Green-Pigeon  Treron australis  Berenty, small flock one morning in dead trees
 Madagascar Blue-Pigeon  Alectroenas madagascariensis  Mantadia, one or two in forest
 Gray-headed Lovebird  Agapornis canus  Berenty also Spiny Forest
 Vasa Parrot  Coracopsis vasa  Pool by graphite mine track, Mantadia
 Black Parrot (Lesser Vasa)  Coracopsis nigra  Perinet, Berenty and Spiny Forest
 Giant Coua  Coua gigas  Berenty, several in leaf litter
 Running Coua  Coua cursor  Spiny forest, Ifaty, one on nest
 Crested Coua  Coua cristata  Berenty, fairly common, also in Spiny Forest
 Blue Coua  Coua caerulea  Maromiza, Perinet, one bird down a track
 Madagascar Coucal  Centropus toulou  Perinet and Berenty, fairly common
 Malagasy Scops-Owl  Otus rutilus  Perinet, a brownish coloured owl, pair roosting in Birds nest Fern
 Torotoroka Scops-Owl  Otus madagascariensis  Berenty, this is a much greyer bird now split from Malagasy Scops Owl, pair roosting in cactus
 White-browed Owl  Ninox superciliaris  Berenty, pair roosting in thick scrub
 Madagascar Nightjar  Caprimulgus madagascariensis  Heard in Toamasina, one spotlighted in Berenty Spiny Forest
 African Palm-Swift  Cypsiurus parvus  Toamasina, fairly common here
 Madagascar Swift  Apus balstoni  Mantadia, a few alongside the mine road
 Malagasy Kingfisher  Alcedo vintsioides  Orchid gardens, Perinet, one bird hunting along lake edge
 Madagascar Bee-eater  Merops superciliosus  Road to Berenty and road to Ifaty
 Scaly Ground-Roller  Brachypteracias squamigera  Mantadia, eventaually came to tape recording
 Long-tailed Ground-Roller   Uratelornis chimaera  Spiny forest, Ifaty, rounded up by guides
 Cuckoo Roller  Leptosomus discolor  Pool by graphite mine track, Mantadia, noisy display flight
 Madagascar Hoopoe  Upupa marginata  Berenty, few birds along tracks
 Velvet Asity  Philepitta castanea  Perinet, male and females in thick forest
 Sunbird Asity  Neodrepanis coruscans  Maromiza, Perinet, odd birds along path
 Madagascar Lark  Mirafra hova  Sisal plantation, Berenty, sparse but common
 Mascarene Martin  Phedina borbonica  Vakona Lodge, Perinet, common here early morning
 Madagascar Wagtail  Motacilla flaviventris  Vakona Lodge, Perinet, few pairs, pretty tame here
 Ashy Cuckoo-shrike  Coracina cinerea  Perinet, odd birds in forest
 Long-billed Greenbul  Phyllastrephus madagascariensis  Perinet, one or two in thick forest
 Spectacled Greenbul  Phyllastrephus zosterops  Perinet, one or two in thick forest
 Gray-crowned Greenbul  Phyllastrephus cinereiceps  Mantadia, one seen well
 Madagascar Bulbul  Hypsipetes madagascariensis  Vakona Lodge, Perinet, fairly common along the mine track
 Madagascar Brush-Warbler  Nesillas typica  Perinet, seen well near fish ponds
 Sub-desert (Lantz's) Brush-Warbler  Nesillas lantzi  Spiny forest, Ifaty, odd birds in thick scrub
 Madagascar Swamp-Warbler  Acrocephalus newtoni  Maromiza, Perinet, one bird singing on bush
 Common Newtoni  Newtonia brunneicauda  Perinet, pretty common
 Archbold's Newtonia  Newtonia archboldi  Spiny forest, Ifaty, one bird on nest
 Cryptic Warbler  Cryptosylvicola randriansoloi  Car park, Mantadia, singing on high trees early morning
 Madagascar Magpie-Robin   Copsychus albospecularis  Perinet, odd birds in forest, also at Berenty
 African Stonechat  Saxicola torquata  Vakona Lodge, Perinet, common near 'Lemur Island'
 Ward's Flycatcher  Pseudobias wardi  Perinet, odd birds in clearings
 Madagascar Paradise-Flycatcher   Terpsiphone mutata  Perinet, pretty common here and Berenty
 Common Jery  Neomixis tenella  Mantadia, odd birds not that common !
 Stripe-throated Jery  Neomixis striatigula  Maromiza, Perinet, one in thick willow bush
 White-throated Oxylabes  Oxylabes madagascariensis  Perinet, skulker usually low down around tree roots
 Souimanga Sunbird  Cinnyris sovimanga  Vakona Lodge, Perinet, common here and at Ifaty
 Madagascar Sunbird   Cinnyris notatus  Ille St Marie, odd birds in Palm trees
 Madagascar White-eye   Zosterops maderaspatanus  Vakona Lodge, Perinet, common here and at Berenty
 Red-tailed Vanga  Calicalicus madagascariensis  Perinet, fleeting glimpse in forest
 Hook-billed Vanga  Vanga curvirostris  Berenty, odd birds high in trees
 Sickle-billed Vanga  Falculea palliata  Spiny forest, Ifaty, big flock responded to guides calls
 White-headed Vanga  Artamella viridis  Orchid gardens, Perinet, one flew over
 Chabert Vanga  Leptopterus chabert  Vakona Lodge, Perinet, odd birds high in trees
 Blue Vanga  Cyanolanius madagascarinus  Maromiza, Perinet, one bird down entrance track
 Tylas Vanga   Tylas eduardi  Perinet, odd birds in thick forest, also at Mantadia
 Coral-billed Nuthatch   Hypositta corallirostris  Orchid gardens, Perinet, climbing dead tree
 Crested Drongo   Dicrurus forficatus  Orchid gardens, Perinet but common everywhere
 Pied Crow   Corvus albus  Brickaville, few birds in Oil Palm plantations
 Common Myna  Acridotheres tristis  Paddyfields, Tana and most roadsides
 House Sparrow  Passer domesticus  Toamasina, few birds at back of hotel
 Nelicourvi Weaver  Ploceus nelicourvi  Perinet, in deep forest
 Sakalava Weaver  Ploceus sakalava  Baobab stop, road to Berenty - also a few nests along roadsides in the west.
 Red Fody  Foudia madagascariensis  Vakona Lodge, Perinet and Tana
 Forest Fody  Foudia omissa  Mantadia, odd birds in forest
 Madagascar Munia  Lonchura nana  Track to Mantadia, small flock


Bit tricky here to say what is genuinely 'wild' as some parks have introduced free-ranging Lemurs (often well outside their normal range), and in other areas the Lemurs have become habituated to humans and come begging for food.


Brown Mouse Lemur Microcebus rufus 2 near Perinet orchid gardens, 1 asleep in an Ants nest Maromiza
Grey Bamboo Lemur Hapalemur griseus Several at Mantadia
Ring-tailed Lemur Lemur catta Common at Berenty, small troop at Nahampoana
Red-bellied Lemur Eulemur rubriventer One by mine track Mantadia,
Common Brown Lemur Eulemur fulvus Perinet Special Reserve
Black & White Ruffed Lemur Varecia variagata Wild ones (heard only) at Matadia
White-footed Lepilemur Lepilemur leucopus One asleep in tree, Berenty
Eastern Woolly Lemur Avahi laniger Perinet Special Reserve
Verreaux's Sifaka Propithecus verreauxi Common at Berenty, small troop at Nahampoana
Diademed Sifaka Propithecus diadema Real struggle but eventually we saw a small group at Mantadia
Indri Indri indri Small numbers at Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia
Madagascar Flying Fox Pteropus rufus Large colony at Berenty
Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae Mother and calf, off Ille St Marie


Reptiles/Insects etc.

Three-eyed Lizard Chataradon madagascariensis Berenty
Leaf-tailed Gecko Uroplatus sp. Perinet special reserve
Day Gecko Phelsuma sp. Perinet fish ponds
Parson's Chameleon Calumma parsonii 3 small specimens at Perinet Orchid garden, large tame one in Parc Ivoloina
Short-nosed Chameleon Calumma gastrotaenia 1 small specimen at Perinet Orchid garden
Tree frog   Perinet Orchid garden
Stick Insect   Perinet Orchid garden
Giraffe-necked Weevil   Perinet special reserve
Ant Lion   Berenty
Firefly   Perinet Orchid garden


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