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Velvet Asity

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MalePhoto by Peter DayTalatakely Forest, Madagascar, November 2017
Photo by Peter Day
Talatakely Forest, Madagascar, November 2017
Philepitta castanea


[edit] Identification

14–16.5cm (5½-6½ in). A plump, rounded and almost tailless bird with a short, slightly decurved bill:

[edit] Male

  • Black plumage
  • Greenish wattle over each eye
  • Blue stripe between wattle and eye
FemalePhoto by edenwatcherRanomafana National Park, Madagascar, September 2010
Photo by edenwatcher
Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar, September 2010

[edit] Female

  • Olive-green plumage
  • Pale yellow blotches on underparts

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to the rainforest belt of eastern Madagascar.
Fairly common in its habitat.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Primary rainforest and adjacent degraded and secondary rainforest. Often in areas of open understorey in valley sides and bottoms. Most common between 600 to 1400m, scarce below or above.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet consists almost entirely of fruit (red or orange from understorey shrubs), some nectar and insects.
Forages in the canopy and lower down. Joins also mixed-species flocks.

[edit] Breeding

A polygynous species. At the dispersed leks each male has a small territory. The female builds a pear-shaped nest from moss and palm fibres, lined with leaves. The 3 white eggs are incubated by the female. Males take little or no part in incubation or care of young.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2003. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 8: Broadbills to Tapaculos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334504
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2016)

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