Cryptic Warbler Cryptosylvicola randrianasoloi
Cryptic Warbler, Ranomafana, Madagascar, November 2016 - click for larger image

Ranomafana, Madagascar
November 2016

In 1992 Brett Whitney and Jan Pierson on a field trip in Madagascar heard an unfamiliar song without seeing the bird. Subsequently it responded to playback to reveal a rather drab warbler-like bird. It is endemic to the east of Madagascar where it is found in evergreen humid forest with a propensity for bamboo from 900 to 2,100 metres. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

It is included in the family Bernieridae, Malagasy warblers or Tetrakas. The generic name Cryptosylvicola means "hidden forest inhabitant" while the specific name honours a Madagascar ornithologist and lemur specialist called Georges Randrianasolo.

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