Subdesert Mesite Monias benschi
Subdesert Mesite, Mosa Park, Ifaty, Madagascar, November 2016 - click for larger image

Mosa Park, Ifaty, Madagascar
November 2016

The Subdesert Mesite is endemic to a small area of the south-west of Madagascar where it is found in spiny forest. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. With the threat from habitat destruction it is classified as Vulnerable.

This photo is of a female showing extensive rufous. The male has black crescents on a white breast and belly.

They forage on the ground for invertebrates but, when disturbed, they tend to fly up to a tree branch and sit frozen.

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