French: Philépitte veloutée German: Seidenjala Spanish: Filepita aterciopelada
Rainforest belt in E Madagascar, from Manongarivo and Tsaratanana Massifs in NW and just S of Daraina in N, S to Andohahela National Park.
14–16·5 cm. Plump, rounded, almost tailless, with short, slightly decurved bill, short legs. Adult male breeding plumage, acquired through loss of yellow tips of... read more
Weak squeaky calls; rhythmic, repeated “whee-doo”, first syllable strongly stressed;... read more
Primary rainforest, adjacent degraded and secondary rainforest, and forest edge; visits flowering... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly frugivorous; eats small (c. 5–10 mm diameter) red or orange fruits of understorey shrubs; most important families are... read more
Laying in Sept–Dec; from end Aug in N. Polygynous. Dispersed leks in which each male has small, non-resource-based territory; erect... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common in most remaining E rainforest blocks, and not immediately threatened. Also capable of tolerating some habitat... read more
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