French: Martin-pêcheur malgache German: Madagaskarzwergfischer Spanish: Martín pigmeo malgache
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. madagascariensis
(Linnaeus, 1766) – W, N & E Madagascar (absent in SW and far S).
C. m. dilutus
(Benson, 1974) – known from a single specimen from Sakaraha (Zombitse Forest), in arid SW of Madagascar.
13 cm; male 17–21 g, female 17–22 g. Both sexes nominate race bright rufous above, washed with lilac on lower back to uppertail-coverts, and on rear half of head... read more
High-pitched squeak, “treet treet”; when disturbed, gives high, harsh “chweip... read more
Dry scrub, savanna woodland, and margins and interior of wet evergreen forest; from the coast up to... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly frogs; also insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), earwigs (Dermaptera), ants (Formicidae), and larvae... read more
Lays in Oct–Jan, mainly Nov–Dec. Nest-tunnel 30–35 cm long, 5 cm in diameter, excavated in earth bank, often at edge of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Nominate race is fairly common and widely distributed in E, N & NW of island. Race dilutus is rare, known from only a single specimen... read more
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