French: Glaréole malgache German: Madagaskarbrachschwalbe Spanish: Canastera malgache
J. P. Verreaux
Madagascar (except extreme S & SW). Non-breeding visitor to E Africa from S Somalia to N Mozambique, mainly in coastal Kenya (dunes N of Malindi) and Tanzania.
23–25 cm; 82–103 g. Above dark olive-brown; forecrown dark chocolate-brown; rump white; lores and ear-coverts blackish; short white line below and behind eye... read more
Reasonably vocal, giving descending “vik vik, vikavik, vikavik” in flight or “veet ee veet - veet... read more
In Madagascar, breeds on rocky islets in permanent rivers and coastal waters; recorded to 1500 m.... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly insects, including Hymenoptera, Neuroptera (lacewings) and beetles; reported to also take small terrestrial crustaceans and seeds of... read more
Poorly known. Lays Oct–Dec, especially Nov. Small loose colonies (c. 2–20 pairs) on rocky islets in coastal waters and rivers;... read more
Post-breeding, birds migrate to spend period Mar–Sept on E coast of Africa, from Mozambique N... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Fairly common, but poorly known with an estimated population of 5000–10,000 individuals or 3300–6700 mature birds according to BirdLife International... read more
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