- Our first full day in Madagascar was greeted by the wailing sounds of indri coming from the surrounding forest, while Madagascan Stonechats sang in the garden. For a few who also woke early the sounds and sightings of Stripe-throated Jery and Malagasy Coucal greeted us....Mike Nelson reports for Birding Ecotours.
- Madagascar is truly a singular place for the naturalist. With the exception of introduced plants (which, bizarrely enough, the government encouraged until just a few years ago), everything looks, well, odd. The plants have flowers and thorns in the “wrong” places, the insects have strange appendages and colors, and nearly all of the land birds are endemic with several unique families...Gary and Marlene Babic report.
Madagascar in the low season
- The purpose of this short report is to outline a birding and natural history trip undertaken to Madagascar in the summer of 2009...Oscar Campbell reports.
- It was still very hot and Mosa would have us hurrying around in impenetrable thorn-scrub trying to catch up with an elusive bird – it was very tough going. However, we eventually had good views of Hook-billed Vanga and White-headed Vanga...Roger and Louise McGovern report.
- The advantages of travelling at this time of the year are that the weather is superb, and you avoid the big birding parties which hog the guides and crowd the parks in the peak Sept-Oct season. This was the tail end of the wet season, but we lost little time to rain...Greg Roberts reports.
- The fact that many trip reports record
a lot of endemics gave me the impression that many species
were quite common in Madagascar. However, this isn't the
case, and the birding, especially in the forests in the
east, is pretty tough as most species occur at very low
densities. It's a matter of specifically going for each
bird, and generally seeing it just once....Clare
How to clean up in
- We had a great trip with many highlights:
birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butter- and dragonflies,
fish (while snorkeling), orchids, baobabs, beetles, as Madagascar
surely is one of the most rewarding destinations for anyone with
a broad interest in nature....Remco
- Madagascar has been separate from Africa
about 165 million years. This early separation and the consequence
of evolution has made its nature one of the most unique and remarkable
in the world. The country has a very high degree of endemism.
Five families of birds are found only here in the world...Michiel
de Boer reports.
Madagascar: An Island full of endemics
- This was a trip my wife, Dollyann Myers,
and I have wanted to do for a long time and it was well worth
the wait. It was simply superb! We had a realistic chance of finding
129 endemic or near-endemic species and we encountered them all!!!
We actually saw 127 of them and the other two (Yellow-bellied
Sunbird Asity and Henst's Goshawk) were heard either by us or
someone else in the group....Ron Hoff reports
- We saw 200 species (more for those who used
Sibley & Monore taxonomy instead of Clements). Bird sighting
highlights included 65 Bernier's Teal and 6 Madagascar Sacred
Ibis on a mangrove mudflat 3 hours boat ride from Majunga (never
before seen by a group); Red-tailed Newtonia by a stream and waterfall
on a special expedition early one morning (never before seen by
a group), and nesting Red-tailed Tropicbirds on the island of
Nosy Ve...Garry George reports
- Madagascar is home to three endemic bird
families being the Mesites, Ground-Rollers and Asities (as well
as the Couas included with Cuckoos) and shares Cuckoo-Roller and
the Vangas only with the nearby Comoros... David Cooper
- This report covers my trip to Madagascar.
My three weeks trip encompassed many of the well‑known sites
in the eastern rainforest, the western deciduous woodland and
the southern spiny desert of Madagascar. Some 1600 km long and
mostly about a quarter as wide and because Australia is ranked
as a continent, Madagascar - or the Malagasy Republic - is the
world's fourth largest island after Greenland, New Guinea and
Borneo... Jan Vermeulen reports
- Birding in Madagascar is brilliant. The
reserves are good with good systems of trails and excellent and
very knowledgeable English-speaking bird guides. The accommodation
basic and the roads bad....Richard Fairbanks reports
Reports from Mauritius and Reunion