French: Philépitte de Salomonsen German: Veilchenjala Spanish: Filepita-suimanga ventrigualda
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east of Antananarivo, eastern Madagascar
Patchily in rainforest of E Madagascar, from E slopes on Manongarivo in NW, S to Andohahela.
9–10 cm. Tiny, short-tailed, with long, decurved bill, short legs. Breeding male has black crown, neck, mantle, scapulars, wing-coverts, tertials and rump, all widely... read more
Single squeaky note, sometimes repeated at intervals of 1 second or more, occasionally faster.
Canopy and subcanopy of montane rainforest; areas with shrubby vegetation preferred. Occurs from c... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly nectar, taken from wide variety of plant genera; feeds chiefly from pink, white and red flowers, especially parasitic ones,... read more
Nesting observed in Nov–Jan. Probably polygynous. Displays by male include hunch-display with head retracted, bill lowered to touch... read more
Possibly some altitudinal movement downslope in May–Jul cold season; otherwise, none known. read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Previously listed as Endangered. Restricted-range species: present in East Malagasy Wet Forests EBA. Has very small and severely fragmented range, within which... read more
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