French: Vaza noir German: Rabenpapagei Spanish: Loro negro
Other common names:
Lesser Vasa Parrot
Subspecies and Distribution
C. n. libs
Bangs, 1927 – W & S Madagascar.
C. n. nigra
(Linnaeus, 1758) – N & E Madagascar.
35–40 cm; 215–315 g (nominate nigra). Dark brown, with greyish-brown undertail-coverts and grey cast to primaries, bill dusky. When breeding, plumage has... read more
Can be vocal at night, especially on moonlit nights, but mainly calls morning and evening, with... read more
Dense humid and waterlogged forest including mangroves, but also savanna, dry and spiny forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits, berries, flowers and seeds; at study site in SE Madagascar, of 40 foodplant species (just one of them exotic, Psidium guajava... read more
Season usually starts late Nov, but egg-laying occurs Oct–Jan and chick-rearing continues until Mar. Nests in hollow limbs or tree-... read more
Sedentary, but with daily dispersals in search of food.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common and population apparently stable on Madagascar, though less so than C. vasa in W, reverse is true in E; in 19th century... read more
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