French: Brachyptérolle pittoïde German: Blaukopf-Erdracke Spanish: Carraca terrestre cabeciazul
E half of Madagascar: from Amber Mountain National Park and Daraina in extreme N to Andohahela National Park and Tsitongambarika Forest in far S, also in NW (Sambirano area) and on Central High Plateau (around Ambohitantely, Ankazomivady, Ankaratra and Kalambatritra Special Reserve), with records from two inshore islands, i.e. Sainte Marie (in 1830s) and Nosy Mangabe (at least in 1980s).
25–29 cm; male 83–89·5 g, female 87–108 g, unsexed 74–114 g. Second smallest ground-roller, slender and long-legged. Both sexes distinctive,... read more
Quiet in non-breeding season. Territorial call a series of penetrating, low- to medium-pitched... read more
Lowland to high-altitude rainforest, in undisturbed parts with dense herb layer, deep leaf litter... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, including ants, beetles, butterflies, cockroaches, other insects, and worms; also small vertebrates, e.g. chameleons and... read more
Season mainly Oct–Feb, although once observed paired in Sept. Probably monogamous and territorial. Excavates in sloping earth bank,... read more
Generally sedentary, but numbers noted to have changed seasonally with weather in one area and an... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in East Malagasy Wet Forests EBA. Previously listed as Near Threatened, but now known to be rather common and... read more
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