More than half of Madagascar’s breeding birds are endemics that found nowhere else on earth, so the island is an essential destination for those who want to learn about the world’s bird life in it’s entirety.
In Madagsacar there are a total of 283 species of birds including 209 breeding birds, 108 (51% of breeding birds) endemics to the island.
Best period for birding : As far as possible, it is better and recommanded to do a birding tour during the breeding season at the end of september to november or at the beggining of december at the latest. During this period, the birds sing and are easily located and identified.
Note : birding trips are different from normal tours, in that, there are special arrangements to be made. indeed, the outings are made according to the hours of activity of the birds, namely 5h-8h and 2h-5h for the day and possibly a nocturnal visit.
Andasibe : Rainforest home of terrestial birds, Ground Roller such as the Scally Ground Roller, Rufuous-headed Ground roller and the borwn emutail.
Ranomafana : the only site where it is possible to spot the Brown Mesite.
Isalo : Isalo National Park have 77 avifauna species including an endemic species from Madagascar, the Benson’s Blackbird (Pseudocosyphus benson).
Zombitse :the forest of Zombitse is shelter of the Appert’s Tretraka which is an endemic species from Zombitse and the neghbouring forest.
Reniala Park : Reniala Park is a spiny forest that covers nearly 60 ha. In this park, it is possible to observe two local endemic species of bird which are the Long-tailed Ground Roller and the Subdesrt Mesite.
Nosy Ve : a nesting site, home of a colony of seabird called Red-Tailed Tropic Bird.
Tsimanampetsotsa lake : the lake present a numerous number of Greater Flamingos, many Red Knobbed Coot and some Red-billed Teals.
Kirindy Forest : 60 Km from the city of Morondava, this forest is home of the White-breasted Mesite, White-browed Owl and Madagascar Goshawk.
Tsarasaotra Lake : A RAMSAR private site located at Antananarivo, refuge and urban nesting places is particularly important for waterbirds such as herons and ducks and during the hunting season the site is crucial for the survival of 14 species and subspecies of waterfowl. water endemic to Madagascar and threatened.