The birds

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The birds

Updated on 25/02/2022 | Posted on 17/02/2022

"There are more than twenty species of birds on the island of Nosy Komba."

There are more than twenty species of birds on the island of Nosy Komba. Some are found in all the Mascarene Islands and others are endemic, such as the Red Fodi, the Railovy, the Bulbul, the Malagasy Screech-Owl, the White-browed Owl and other species.

The best time to observe the birdlife is during the last months of the dry season, i.e. in September and October, the nesting period.

Nowadays, many species are threatened in Madagascar, due to deforestation, the expansion of human activity, but also because of the hunting of which they are victims.

Still well wooded and protected by the fact that there are no roads or infrastructures destroying the biodiversity, Nosy Komba remains a privileged place for the protection of species.

Nature lovers can easily observe the many birds that inhabit the forests of the island, but also the seabirds that can be found all along the coastline, as well as on the small surrounding islands.

Non-exhaustive summary table of the bird species recorded on the island:

Malagasy name

Malagasy owl

Cisticole

Corbeau pie

Épervier de Frances

Fangalamoty

Fody

Hitsikitsiky

Kilandy be

Railovy

Sabero

Samby

Shama

Siketry

Sohimanga

Antoloho

Tsararôko

Tsikirikirigny

Tsiporitiky

Tsokoreva

Vintsy

Voronadabo

Vorondolo

French name

Athene sourcils blancs

Cistcicole malgache

Corbeau pie

Épervier de Frances

Martinet malgache

Foudi rouge kardinal

Crécerelle malgache

Aigrette blanche

Drongo malgache

Zosterops malgache

Sterne pierregarin

Shama de Madagascar

Tchitrec malgache

Souimanga

Coucal toulou

Rolle violet

Guêpier de Perse

Capucin de Madagascar

Bulbul de madagascar

Martin-pêcheur

Colombar maïtsou

Petit-duc malgache

English name

White-browed owl

Madagascar cisticola

Pied crow

Frances’s Sparrowhawk

Madagascar swift

Red fody

Newton falcon

Great egret

Black drongo

Madagascar white-eye

Common tern

Magpie-Robin

Paradise fly-catcher

Long-billed green sunbird

Coucal

Broad-billed roller

Olive bee-eater

Madagascar munia

Black bulbul

Madagascar kingfisher

Green-pigeon

Torotoroka Scops-Owl

Genus

Athene superciliaris

Cisticola cherina

Corvus albus

Accipiter francesiae

Apus balstoni

Foudia madagascariensis

Falco newtoni

Casmerodius albus

Dicrurus forficatus

Zosterops maderaspatana

Sterna hirundo

Copsychus albospecularis

Terpsiphone mutata

Nectarinia souimanga

Centropus toulou

Eurystomus glaucurus

Merops supercilliosus

Lonchura nana

Hypsipetes madagascariensis

Corythornis vintsioïdes

Treron australis

Otus rutilus

Family

Strigidae

Cisticolidae

Corvidae

Accipitriade

Apodidae

Ploceidae

Falconidae

Ardeidae

Dicruridae

Zospteropidae

Laridae

Muscicapidae

Monarchidae

Nectariniidae

Cuculidae

Coracidae

Meropidae

Estriltidae

Pyconotidae

Alcedinidae

Columbidae

Stigidaeae

Siketry

English name : Paradise fly-catcher
Genus : Terpsiphone mutata

The paradise fly-catcher is the Malagasy bird of paradise. The adult male is distinguished by his long white tail, which allows him to seduce his mate, while the latter is redheaded, and has a small tail.

Hitsikitsiky

English name: Newton falcon
Genus: Falco newtoni

The Newton falcon dominates the sky and is feared by other birds. It is capable of hovering, which makes it a formidable hunter. It does not hesitate to plunder nests even in the presence of the parents of its prey.

Tsararôko

English name: Broad-billed roller
Genus: Eurystomus Glaucurus

The broad-billed roller nests in the heights of trees at the edge of forests, a strategic hunting ground. It feeds mainly on insects, but also on seeds.

Fody

English name: Red fody
Genus: Foudia madagascariensis

The red fody lives in pairs. The male can be recognized by his red plumage while the female’s is light brown.

Shama

English name: Magpie-robin
Genus: Copsychus albospecularis

The magpie-robin lives in couples. The male has a midnight blue and white plumage. The female has a beige and grey plumage.

Sabero

English name: Madagascar white-eye
Genus: Zosterops maderaspatana

This small bird has trouble staying put, and is most often seen in the treetops. It can mix with other species of birds in search of food.

Vorondolo

English name: Torotoroka Scops-Owl
Genus: Otus rutilus

This small endemic round-headed owl remains motionless and hidden during the day. At night its song can be heard intermittently.

Malagasy owl

English name: White-browed owl
Genus: Athene superciliaris

This small endemic owl can be recognized by its two large black eyes with white eyebrows and white spots on its wings. It is active at night.

 

Tsikirikirigny

English name: Olive bee-eater
Genus: Merops supercilliosus

The Olive Bee-eater perches in the treetops to watch for its prey. When it catches them, it slams them with its beak against a branch to stun them.

Vôron-adabo

English name: Green-pigeon
Genus: Treron australis

This green pigeon generally builds its nest in the heights of trees. It lives in pairs and usually travels in groups.

Antoloho

English name: Coucal
Genus: Centropus toulou

The Toloho is not a great nest builder. It is nicknamed here “vôrono kamo” i.e. the lazy bird, because it tends to install its nest in the brushwood.

Tsiporitiky

English name: Madagascar munia
Genus: Lepidopygia

This passerine is distinguished by its very small size. It lives in couples, but also in groups. it is herbivorous and carnivorous.

Kilandy be

English name: Great egret
Genus: Casmerodius albus

This wading bird, which is found all over the world, can be seen here at the water’s edge where it looks for food.

Sohimanga

English name: Long-billed green sunbird
Genus: Nectarinia Souimanga

These very small birds which always live in couple are often confused with the hummingbird. The Suimanga, chooses rather the not too high branches and builds a nest in the shape of ball with a hole surmounted by a porch which protects the nest from bad weather.

Tsokoreva

English name: Black bulbul
Genus: Hypsipetes madagascariensis

The bulbul lives in pairs and groups. Like the white-eye, it mixes easily with other birds in search of food.

Vintsy

English name: Madagascar kingfisher
Genus: Corythornis vintsioïdes

This kingfisher is solitary. It usually sits just above the water to watch for its prey.

vintsy Madagascar kingfisher

Crow

English name: Pied crow
Genus: Corvidae

This crow has a white belly. It eats almost everything.

Samby

English name: Common tern
Genus: Sterna hirundo
This bird is also called sea swallow feeds on fish that it catches by diving.

Railovy

English name: Black drongo
Genus: Dicrurus forficatus

The Malagasy Drongo is considered as the king of birds. It protects its territory with fervour. It has a real talent of imitation: it can as well imitate the meows of the cat as imitate the song or the whistle of other species.

Firasa

English name: Frances’s Sparrowhawk
Genus: Accipiter francesiae

The Frances’ sparrowhawk is endemic to Madagascar and the Comoros. It is a sedentary bird. Like the Newton falcon, it hovers above the trees to identify its prey.

Ciscticole

English name: Madagascar cisticola
Genus: Cisticola
The Malagasy Cisticola is distinguished by its small size and its long beak.

Fangalamoty

English name: Madagascar swift
Genus: Apus balstoni

This endemic bird reminds of the swallow, it has long and pointed wings.

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