French: Martinet de Grandidier German: Malegassensegler Spanish: Vencejo malgache
Other common names: Malagasy Spinetail, Madagascar Spine-tailed Swift
J. P. Verreaux, 1867,
Mandrisis, eastern Madagascar.
Previously placed in genus Chaetura. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
Z. g. grandidieri
(J. P. Verreaux, 1867) – Madagascar.
Z. g. mariae
(Benson, 1960) – Grand Comoro (Ngazidja), in Comoro Is.
12 cm. The only spinetail on Madagascar and the Comoros. Small spinetail with typical wing shape, hooked in outer wing and bulging in midwing; square tail appears slightly... read more
Generally considered to be rather quiet, but gives shrill, abrupt “zree” while foraging, sometimes... read more
Essentially a forest species, including gallery forest within spiny forest zone. In Madagascar... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Forages low over canopy or between trees close to ground, alone or in pairs or small flocks, up to 15 recorded together, sometimes... read more
Season thought to be Apr–Jan, though birds with enlarged gonads have been collected in Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Jan, Mar and May,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Rather common, especially in moister E areas of Madagascar. Occurs in Perinet Special Reserve, c. 150 km E of Antananarivo, and in Réserve... read more
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