French: Grand Vaza German: Vasapapagei Spanish: Loro vasa
Other common names:
Greater Vasa Parrot
South Africa; error = east Madagascar
Subspecies and Distribution
C. v. comorensis
(W. K. H. Peters, 1854) – Ngazidja (Grand Comoro), Mwali (Mohéli) and Ndzuani (Anjouan), in Comoro Is.
C. v. drouhardi
Lavauden, 1929 – N, W & S Madagascar.
C. v. vasa
(Shaw, 1812) – E Madagascar
50 cm. Dark brown, slightly lighter on underparts with pale grey undertail-coverts, greyish wing-coverts and edges to primaries; rosy grey bare area on face. Bill light brown... read more
Quite vocal, with an extensive repertoire of screeches, nasal grating calls and pure whistles.... read more
Less tied to forest than C. nigra, present in humid and deciduous forests, coastal plains... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits (in one case Cussonia), berries, seeds. More granivorous than C. nigra, capable of eating maize on the stalk.
Oct–Jan. In W Madagascar uses baobabs and several nests can be simultaneously active in same tree. Eggs three; in captivity,... read more
Probably sedentary, but moving locally in search of food. Birds often fly very high over forest,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Commoner than C. nigra in W Madagascar. Listed for 28 protected areas in Madagascar, and still fairly common in many areas. Causes... read more
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