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madagascar bird list with evil-tempered drongo

2007-12-07 - 8:03 a.m.

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madagascar sparrowhawk, masaola
Note: We all seemed to go off in different directions, except when it was time to hunt for raptors, so I don't think any two people on the tour will have the same bird list. Here's mine. My numbers aren't coming out right, so I think I'm leaving something off that I'll have to add later when I go over my notes more carefully, but for now, I'm getting 83 lifers added to the list from Madagascar and 60 lifers added from South Africa.

And if it seems odd that I got more species in South Africa in one day, than I got in Madagascar in three weeks, well, keep in mind that Madagascar is an island, with a tough island ecology, so hunting down the different species was CONSIDERABLY more effort than a breeze around a couple of reserves on the mainland. If you're just looking for numbers, or if you need to make the most efficient use of your time, clearly, South Africa is the way to go, but sometimes Peachfront has to be a little different. I won't be meeting a lot of folks with Madagascar Serpent-Eagle on their life list coming and going any time soon.

  1. Madagascar Grebe
  2. Long-tailed Cormorant
  3. African Darter
  4. Humblot's Heron
  5. Purple Heron
  6. Great Egret
  7. Black Heron
  8. Little Egret
  9. Dimorphic Egret
  10. Squacco Heron
  11. Madagascar Pond-Heron
  12. Cattle Egret
  13. Striated Heron
  14. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  15. Hamerkop
  16. Glossy Ibis
  17. White-faced Whistling-Duck
  18. Comb Duck
  19. Red-billed Teal
  20. Madagascar Cuckoo-Hawk
  21. Yellow-Billed Kite
  22. Black Kite
  23. Madagascar Fish-Eagle
  24. Madagascar Serpent-Eagle
  25. Madagascar Marsh Harrier
  26. Madagascar Gymnogene
  27. Frances's Sparrowhawk
  28. Madagascar Sparrowhawk
  29. Henst's Goshawk
  30. Madagascar Buzzard
  31. Madagascar Kestrel
  32. Banded Kestrel
  33. Eleonora's Falcon
  34. Sooty Falcon
  35. Peregrine Falcon
  36. Madagascar Partridge
  37. Helmeted Guineafowl
  38. White-breasted Mesite
  39. Allen's Gallinule
  40. Common Moorhen
  41. Madagascar Jacana
  42. Madagascar Snipe
  43. Whimbrel
  44. Kelp Gull
  45. Lesser Crested Tern
  46. Rock Dove
  47. Madagascar Turtle-Dove
  48. Namaqua Dove
  49. Madagascar Green-Pigeon
  50. Madagascar Blue-Pigeon
  51. Gray-headed Lovebird
  52. Greater Vasa Parrot
  53. Lesser Vasa Parrot
  54. Giant Coua
  55. Red-breasted Coua
  56. Red-capped Coua
  57. Crested Coua
  58. Blue Coua
  59. Madagascar Coucal
  60. Barn Owl
  61. Western Scops-Owl
  62. White-browed Owl
  63. Black Swift
  64. Malagasy Spinetail
  65. Madagascar Kingfisher
  66. Madagascar Pygmy-Kingfisher
  67. Madagascar Bee-eater
  68. Broad-billed Roller
  69. Cuckoo Roller
  70. Velvet Asity
  71. Madagascar Bush-Lark
  72. Sand Swallow
  73. Mascarene Martin
  74. Madagascar Wagtail
  75. Ashy Cuckoo-shrike
  76. Long-billed Greenbul
  77. Spectacled Greenbul
  78. Madagascar Bulbul
  79. Madagascar Cisticola
  80. Madagascar Brush-Warbler
  81. Rand's Warbler
  82. Common Newtonia
  83. Madagascar Magpie-Robin
  84. African Stonechat
  85. Ward's Flycatcher
  86. Madagascar Paradise-Flycatcher
  87. Common Jery
  88. Souimanga Sunbird
  89. Long-Billed Green Sunbird
  90. Madagascar White-eye
  91. Red-tailed Vanga
  92. Rufous Vanga
  93. Hook-billed Vanga
  94. Van Dam's Vanga
  95. Pollen's Vanga
  96. Sickle-billed Vanga
  97. White-headed Vanga
  98. Chabert Vanga
  99. Blue Vanga
  100. Helmet Vanga
  101. Crested Drongo
  102. Pied Crow
  103. Madagascar Starling
  104. Common Myna
  105. Red Fody
  106. Madagascar Munia

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