Family Asities (Philepittidae)

Near Threatened

Schlegel's Asity (Philepitta schlegeli)


French: Philépitte de Schlegel German: Gelbbauchjala Spanish: Filepita de Schlegel

Philepitta schlegeli


, 1867,





Patchily in N, NW & W Madagascar, from Andavakoera in N, S to c. 70 km N of Morondava in W.

Descriptive notes

12·5–14 cm. Small, rotund, short-tailed, with short bill and legs. Adult male breeding has head mostly black, brilliant apple-green wattle extending in front,... read more


Male song a quiet but penetrating whistle of c. 7–9 notes, rising and then falling; quiet... read more


Lowland seasonally dry rainforest, W deciduous forest and karst canyon forest; locally also in W... read more

Food and feeding

Largely frugivorous, especially in rainy season; fruits include those of Cabucala (Apocynaceae). Probably increasingly... read more


Little known. Nest-building in Oct–Dec. Probably polygynous; breeding strategy possibly variable in response to resource availability... read more


None known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in West Malagasy Dry Forests EBA and East Malagasy Wet Forests EBA. Rather... read more

Recommended citation

Hawkins, F. (2020). Schlegel's Asity (Philepitta schlegeli). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 February 2020).