French: Monticole du littoral German: Dünenrötel Spanish: Roquero litoral
St Augustine Bay, south-eastern Madagascar
Coastal SW & S Madagascar (Salary Nord, where recently recorded#R, S to Cap Sainte-Marie and L Anony).
16 cm. Sexes like respective sexes of M. sharpei, but longer-billed, with no rufous in tail; male much greyer on head, breast and mantle; female greyer, with pale... read more
Song consists of various repeated short scratchy phrases, including “cheearr tu-tu-tu... read more
Sub-arid sandy coastal shrubland, often on dunes or coral rag, having medium-sized (up to 4 m tall... read more
Food and feeding
Berries, fruit and insects. Forages by hopping along ground; if disturbed, flies to higher perch and adopts characteristic upright posture... read more
Oct–Feb. Territory size estimated at 1 ha. Nest a bowl made of lichens, moss and other fibrous material, strengthened with feathers,... read more
Sedentary, so far as is known.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South Malagasy Spiny Forests EBA. Recently recorded at Salary Nord, c. 120 km N of previously known range... read more
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