• Madagascar Birding Tour
  • Madagascar Birding Tour
  • Madagascar Birding Tour
  • Madagascar Birding Tour
  • Madagascar Birding Tour
  • Madagascar Birding Tour
  • Madagascar Birding Tour
  • Madagascar Birding Tour

Madagascar birding tour give you only the best. On this Madagascar tour, you get to enjoy the best birding sites. This African birding safari to Madagascar is offered in a shorter package and at a more relaxed pace.

Nonetheless, This Madagascar safari still target all five endemic Malagasy bird families. There are good numbers of lemurs and other representative wildlife on the Madagascar birsing tour. That makes this Madagascar tour ideal for travelers with limited time. It is also good for those looking for other wildlife other than every single endemic bird.

Madagascar Birding Tour

This Madagascar birding tour is very well set to see the Birds of Madagascar in the best sites for Birding in Madagascar. Madagascar is a promised destination for ornithologists or twitchers with its 107 endemic bird species, 198 nesting birds, and 5 endemic families.

You don’t need luck to see members of at least 5 endemic families which every year, attract Birders from all around the world: Beautiful Ground rollers, the unique Asitys, the diverse Vangas, the terrestrial Mesites and the Couas. This guided birding tour to Madagascar allows photography of the endemic birds of Madagascar.

Birding in Madagascar is also an opportunity not only to see the birds but to see the other Madagascar wildlife in their natural habitat: Lemurs, chameleons, weird Leaf tailed Geckos, etc

Madagascar Birding Tour

Other than birds, Madagascar birding tour will take time out to find a family group of the largest lemur species. You will see some of the brilliant birds to look for include several highly sought-after forest birds.

They include Pitta-like, Rufous-headed, Short-legged and Scaly Ground Rollers. We also have Red-breasted, Red-fronted and Blue Couas. Here you will also find the stunning Velvet Asity, Cuckoo Roller among others

The Madagascan Birdlife

Some of the World’s most fascinating and endangered birds are endemic to Madagascar. For its size and taking into account its profusion of habitat types, Madagascar has relatively few bird species. There are only about 285 bird species in Madagascar.

However, Madagascar holds more endemic genera (37) than any other African country. Its 120 endemic species include 5 endemic families, (2 have representatives in the Comoros) and 1 endemic subfamily. Another 25-odd species belong to interesting genera unique to the Western Indian Ocean islands.

Madagascar Birding Tour

To see the bulk of Madagascar’s birds, your Madagascar birding tour need to visit at least 1 site in each of the island’s 3 chief climatic/floristic zones. They include the eastern rainforest, southern spiny bush and western tropical deciduous forest.

Each of these holds its own complement of endemics. In addition, a select band of birds is dependent on the island’s dwindling wetlands. Be sure to include certain more accessible marshes, lakes and estuaries in your Madagascar birding tour itinerary.

Most birders on Madagascar tour will also visit the transition forest of Zombitse National Park. During a stay of 2-3 weeks on the Madagascar birding tour, you should be able to tick off most of the sought-after lifers. There are also a remarkable array of mammals, reptiles, frogs, invertebrates and the fascinating flora.

For those on Madagascar birding tour, the bird life of Madagascar is particularly very rich especially in species that exist nowhere else on earth. The forest of Madagascar still keeps marvelous secrets of the nature, including the bird life.

In the dry deciduous forest of the west or the evergreen wet rain forest of the east as well as in the spiny forest of the south-west, many endemic species can live only in the natural forest habitat and cannot be found in another human-modified habitats like the agricultural area or rice fields.

The bird life of Madagascar counts 282 species but two of them have been extincted recently according to scientists. 104 of them are endemic. Among the living 280 species, 208 live permanently in Madagascar and 72 are migratory.

The following families are endemic to Madagascar and can be seen on your Madagascar birding tour:

  • the Mesitornithidae family
  • the sub-family of Couinae
  • the family of Bachypteraciidea
  • the Leptosomidae family
  • the subfamily of Philepittenae
  • the Bernieridae family
  • and the Vangidae family

When to Go on Madagascar Birding Tour

The best time to go to Madagascar for birding tend to visit in the Malagasy spring and early summer. This is from the very end of August to December.

In the winter months of May to mid August, the rain forests can be very quiet. Many sought-after endemics extremely furtive. Also, in winter some of the more spectacular endemics like asitys, will be out of their impressive breeding regalia.

Madagascar Birding Tour

Madagascar safari lodges and hotels are fairly small at most of the birding venues. It is sensible to plan your Madagascar birding tour fairly long in advance. This will help you avoid any disappointment.

Places of Interest on Madagascar Birding Tour

Eastern Rainforest

These are now highly fragmented rainforest band known as the great Madagascar Sylva. It once covered almost all of humid eastern Madagascar. Here we have some impressive rainforest blocks remain intact today. These are situated several splendid National Parks which attract birders from around the globe.

Madagascar birding tour is best in the Austral Spring and early summer  that is end August to late December. Always be sure to enter the rainforest just before daybreak on your Madagascar birding tour. This is because then birding becomes really rewarding.

If it rains on your Madagascar birding tour while you’re in there, don’t be deterred! As the local saying goes, it takes a lot of rain to have a good rainforest flourishing and rainforest-dependent wildlife tends to be just as active during rainy spells.

Tropical Dry Deciduous Forest

These are the hot western lowlands of Madagascar. They hold the last few stands of tropical dry deciduous forest. Here, woods are much lighter and birding is rewarding year round.

Transition Forest

They straddle the RN7 national road between the Isalo sandstone mountains and the south-west coastal town Tulear. This is the transition forest of Zombitse, where western and southern forest types merge. The megatick in this very rewarding 21,500ha birding hotspot is the Appert’s Greenbul, which exists nowhere else.

Madagascar Birding TourOn your Madagascar birding tour, you should also see a wide variety of other endemics, including Madagascar Sandgrouse, Madagascar Partridge, Giant and Olive-capped Couas.

You on the Madagascar birding tour, you will also find Lesser Vasa Parrot, Madagascar Hoopoe, Thamnornis Warbler, Common Newtonia, Common Jery, Long-billed Green & Souimanga Sunbirds and Sakalava Weaver. Zombitse makes for an ideal picnic stop. Nadagascar birding tour is excellent here and birding is excellent there all year.

Southern Sub-arid Thorn Thicket (spiny bush)

This bizarre habitat features an assemblage of bloated and thorny, drought resistant trees and plants. It varies considerably in appearance across the region. All the southern sub-desert endemics are concentrated in a small area along the south-west coast, from Ifaty Beach to St Augustin Bay. Birding in the semi-arid south is good year round.

Which Birds are we Looking for on This Madagascar Tour

The birds that we’ll look for include the roadrunner-like Long-tailed Ground Roller and the stunning Pitta-like, Scaly, and Rufous-headed Ground Rollers. Also on the list is the highly-prized Subdesert Mesite, the unforgettable Giant Coua, the astounding Velvet Asityand Madagascan Ibis, to name just a handful.

The Masoala Peninsula extension can generate the unbelievable Helmet Vanga, Brown Mesite, and Short-legged Ground Roller. Here you will also find the largest, and most bizarre, nocturnal lemur, the aye-ayeand a stack more.

One hundred and twenty nine species of birds have been recorded in the northwestern Ankarafantsika National Park. This is more than half of them endemic to Madagascar.

They birds include Van Dam’s Vanga, Rufous Vanga, the elusive Banded Kestrel, and the more easily observed Madagascan Fish Eagle. The latter can often be seen at Ravelobe Lake. The endangered Humblot’s Heron can also be seen at Lake Ravelobe.

Berenty Reserve is a haven for birdwatchers, boasting a high number of endemic species. With luck we might be able to find Madagascan Sandgrouse, Madagascan Green Pigeon, Torotoroka Scops Owl. The Madagascan Cuckoo-Hawk is also available here.