Family Ground-rollers (Brachypteraciidae)


Short-legged Ground-roller (Brachypteracias leptosomus)


French: Brachyptérolle leptosome German: Bindenerdracke Spanish: Carraca terrestre paticorta

Colaris leptosomus


, 1833,





E Madagascar, from Daraina and Tsaratanana massif in N to Andohahela National Park in S, including Manongarivo in NW, Masoala Peninsula, and Anjozorobe on edge of C plateau.

Descriptive notes

30–38 cm; male 186 g, female 154 g, unsexed 183–217 g. Largest rainforest ground-roller, long-winged, short-­leg­­ged, plump, with large head and... read more


Territorial call a single deep “boob” (much like a frog or owl) lasting c. 0·5... read more


Inhabits humid parts of rainforest from lowlands up to middle altitudes, almost exclusively in... read more

Food and feeding

Most (88%) food invertebrates, including ants, ant-lions (Myrmeleonidae), beetles and their larvae, caterpillars, centipedes, cicadas,... read more


One pair laid in Dec, with replacement clutch in Jan; courtship and copulation Oct–Jan, also birds in breeding condition in Oct... read more


Apparently sedentary and territorial; radio-tagged male occupied home range of 19·1 ha and... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Overall population estimated at 1500–7000 mature individuals within a range of 39,200 km2. Restricted-range species: present in East Malagasy Wet Forests... read more

Recommended citation

Langrand, O. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Short-legged Ground-roller (Brachypteracias leptosomus). 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 16 October 2019).