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Toliara, Madagascar (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Toliara, Madagascar

Map of Toliara, Madagascar

Madagascar Lark (Eremopterix hova) Running Coua (Coua cursor) Madagascar Cisticola (Cisticola cherina) Sakalava Weaver (Ploceus sakalava) Verreauxs Coua (Coua verreauxi) Subdesert Brush-Warbler (Nesillas lantzii)
Crested Drongo (Dicrurus forficatus) Red-capped Coua (Coua ruficeps) - Green Capped Madagascar Magpie-Robin (Copsychus albospecularis) - Male Madagascar Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone mutata) - Rufous Morph Subadult Male Kittlitzs Plover (Charadrius pecuarius) Madagascar Munia (Lonchura nana)
Madagascar Bee-eater (Merops superciliosus) Madagascar Magpie-Robin (Copsychus albospecularis) - Female Chaberts Vanga (Leptopterus chabert) Common Newtonia (Newtonia brunneicauda) Red-shouldered Vanga (Calicalicus rufocarpalis) Madagascar Kestrel (Falco newtoni)
Souimanga Sunbird (Cinnyris sovimanga) - Male Commersons Leaf-nosed Bat (Hipposideros commersonii)

The Toliara area is mostly dry and brushy with some remnant patches containing very large baobob trees.



10/31/2017: Signs were posted in the domestic airport warning of both plague and ebola. We flew to Tolaira anyway for the first real leg of the trip. In the afternoon, we headed over to the Arboretum d'Antsokay. The guides were very determined to find Coua's and other birds, running around in the scrub and blasting their phones with bird calls. Too bad, I was hoping to get away from all the tech.

11/1/2017: We woke up very early to drive out to a formerly forested area known as La Table. Even now, there are people cutting the very sparse forest in search of charcoal. Plus the burning of every patch of grass. My arms got pretty scratched up bushwhacking through spiky shrub land. For fun, we stopped at a bunch of swampy and dune areas in search of the Littoral Rock Thrush who never showed.

Previous Visit (Antananarivo: 10/30/2017)
Next Visit (Ifaty: 11/1/2017)

Species Recorded (44)

Birds ( 43 )

Vangas ( Vangidae )
Red-shouldered Vanga - Calicalicus rufocarpalis

Acrocephalidae ( Acrocephalidae )
Subdesert Brush-Warbler - Nesillas lantzii

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Egret - Ardea alba
Western Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis

Flamingos ( Phoenicopteridae )
Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Hottentot Teal - Spatula hottentota

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Black Kite - Milvus migrans

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
Madagascar Kestrel - Falco newtoni

( Turnicidae )
Madagascar Buttonquail - Turnix nigricollis

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ( Rallidae )
Baillon's Crake - Zapornia pusilla

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Common Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticula
Kittlitz's Plover - Charadrius pecuarius
Three-banded Plover - Charadrius tricollaris

Stilts and Avocets ( Recurvirostridae )
Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Curlew Sandpiper - Calidris ferruginea
Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus
Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
Namaqua Dove - Oena capensis

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
Gray-headed Lovebird - Agapornis canus

Cuckoos ( Cuculidae )
Running Coua - Coua cursor
Red-capped Coua - Coua ruficeps
Verreaux's Coua - Coua verreauxi

Coucals ( Centropodidae )
Madagascar Coucal - Centropus toulou

Nighthawks and Nightjars ( Caprimulgidae )
Madagascar Nightjar - Caprimulgus madagascariensis

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Madagascar Swift - Apus balstoni

Sunbirds ( Nectariniidae )
Souimanga Sunbird - Cinnyris sovimanga

Bee-eaters ( Meropidae )
Madagascar Bee-eater - Merops superciliosus

Paradise-flycatcher ( Monarchidae )
Madagascar Paradise-Flycatcher - Terpsiphone mutata

Drongos ( Dicruridae )
Crested Drongo - Dicrurus forficatus

Larks ( Alaudidae )
Madagascar Lark - Eremopterix hova

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Mascarene Martin - Phedina borbonica

Prinias and Apalis ( Cisticolidae )
Madagascar Cisticola - Cisticola cherina

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Pied Crow - Corvus albus
Chabert's Vanga - Leptopterus chabert

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Madagascar Swamp-Warbler - Acrocephalus newtoni
Common Jery - Neomixis tenella
Common Newtonia - Newtonia brunneicauda

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Madagascar Magpie-Robin - Copsychus albospecularis

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Common Myna - Acridotheres tristis

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Madagascar Munia - Lepidopygia nana
Sakalava Weaver - Ploceus sakalava




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