French: Mystacorne de Crossley German: Weißbartvanga Spanish: Tordina malgache
Other common names: Madagascar Groundhunter
A. Grandidier, 1870,
Lake Alaotra, Madagascar.
NW & E Madagascar.
15–16 cm; 21–28·5 g. Small babbler-like passerine, olive-brown above and greyish below, with proportionately very long, narrow, slightly hook-tipped bill.... read more
Song consists of three parts, a short, high-pitched, swelling “wee wee” (audible at... read more
Primary broadleaf evergreen forest, also logged-over guava (Psidium cattleianum)... read more
Food and feeding
Stomachs of three individuals contained spiders (of family Salticidae), cockroaches (Blattodea), earwigs (Dermaptera), bugs (Hemiptera,... read more
Aug–Nov. Nest, built by male, at least, a shallow cup or platform of largish twigs, sometimes fine black rootlets, lined with root-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common throughout habitat, but patchily distributed; rarer in SE and at lower elevations. Present and fairly common... read more
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