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