Madagascar Birds

List of Birds Found in Madagascar

Madagascar is a large island located in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa. This island is a particularly unique birding paradise with more than 100 of their 280 bird species being only found on this island.

List of Birds Found in Madagascar
List of Birds Found in Madagascar

Birds found mostly inlands (forests, open grasslands, towns, etc.):


African Stonechat (Saxicola torquata)

African Swift or African Black Swift (Apus barbatus balstoni)

Archbold’s Newtonia (Newtonia archboldi) – Endemic

Banded Kestrel (Bird of Prey)

Barn Owls (Tyto alba affinis)

Bee-eaters (Meropidae) – Range: Mostly Africa but others occur in southern Europe, Madagascar, Australia and New Guinea

Benson’s Rock-thrush (Monticola / Pseudocossyphus) bensoni) – Endemic

Blue Coua (Coua caerulea) – Endemic to Madagascar – they can be found in north-western and eastern Madagascar

Broad-billed Roller (Eurystomus glaucurus) – Range: Breeds across tropical Africa and Madagascar

Brown Emu-tail (Dromaeocercus brunneus) – Range: Found only in Madagascar

Common Newtonia (Newtonia brunneicauda) – Endemic

Coquerel’s Coua (Coua coquereli) – Endemic

Crested Coua (Coua cristata) – Endemic

Crested Drongo (Dicrurus forficatus) – Endemic

Cryptic Warbler (Cryptosylvicola randriansoloi) – Range: Found only in Madagascar

Dark Newtonia (Newtonia amphichroa) – Endemic

Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) – Range: Winters in Madagascar

Forest Fody (Foudia omissa) – Endemic

Forest Rock-thrush (Monticola / Pseudocossyphus sharpei) – Endemic to Madagascar

Frances’ Goshawk (Accipiter francesii) – Bird of Prey – Endemic

Giant Coua (Coua gigas) – Endemic to the dry forests of western and southern Madagascar

Grey Emu-tail (Dromaeocercus seebohmi) – Range: Found only in Madagascar

Grey Nightjar (Caprimulgus indicus) – Endemic

Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

Littoral Rock-thrush (Monticola / Pseudocossyphus imerinus) – Endemic

Madagascar Cuckoo (Cuculus rochii)

Madagascar Baza or Madagascar Cuckoo Falcon (Aviceda madagascariensis) – bird of prey – Endemic

Madagascar Bee-eater (Merops superciliosus) – Endemic

Madagascar Bulbul (Hypsipetes madagascariensis)

Madagascar Brush-warbler (Nesillas typica)

Madagascar Buttonquail (Turnix nigricollis) – Endemic

Madagascar Buzzard (Buteo brachypterus) – Endemic

Madagascar Cisticola (Cisticola cherina)

Madagascar Coucal (Centropus toulou)

Madagascar Cuckooshrikes (Coracina cinerea) is also known as the Ashy Cuckooshrikes

Madagascar Fish-eagle (Haliaeetus vociferoides) – Range: Northwest coast of Madagascar north of Morondava

Madagascar or Red Fody (Foudia madagascariensis), sometimes known as the Red Cardinal Fody or Common Fody – Endemic

Madagascar Harrier Hawk (Polyboroides radiatus) – Bird of Prey

Madagascar Hoopoe (Upupa epops marginata)

Madagascar Kestrel (F. newtoni) – Range: Occurs in savannas, wetlands but also artificial landscapes in the vicinity of human settlements in altitudes from 0 to 2000 asl

Madagascar Long-eared Owl (Asio madagascariensis) – Endemic

Madagascar Lovebirds / Grey-headed Lovebirds

Madagascar Magpie-robin (Copsychus albospecularis) – Endemic

Malagasy Kingfisher or Madagascar Kingfisher (Alcedo vintsioides)

Madagascar Mannikins (Lonchura nana)

Madagascar Marsh Harrier or Madagascar Harrier (C. maillardi) – Bird of Prey

Madagascar Munia (Lonchura nana)

Madagascar Marsh Harrier (Circus macrosceles)

Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone mutata)

Madagascar Partridge (Margaroperdix madagascarensis)

Madagascar Pygmy Kingfisher (Ispidina madagascariensis)

Madagascar Red Owl (T. soumagnei) – Range: A rare resident of Madagascar

Madagascar Serpent-eagle (Eutriorchis astur) – Endemic

Madagascar Snipe (Gallinago macrodactyla) – Range: Breeds only in the humid eastern half of Madagascar, from sea-level up to 2,700 m, being more common above 700 m. It is non-migratory.

Madagascar Sparrowhawk (Accipiter madagascariensis) – Endemic

Malagasy Spinetail (Zoonavena grandidieri) (swift)

Madagascar Starling (Saroglossa aurata)

Madagascar Sunbird (Cinnyris notatus)

Madagascar Swift (Apus balstoni)

Madagascar Wagtail (Motacilla flaviventris)

Madagascar Wood Rail (Canirallus kioloides)

Malagasy or Rainforest Scops Owl (Otus rutilus) – Endemic to eastern Madagascar

Malagasy White-eyes (Zosterops maderaspatanus)

Marsh Owl (Asio capensis)

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis)

Pied Crow (Corvus albus) – Range: The large island of Madagascar. It inhabits mainly open country with villages and towns nearby.

Rand’s Warbler (Randia pseudozosterops) – Range: Found only in Madagascar

Red-breasted Coua (Coua serriana) – Endemic

Red-capped Coua (Coua ruficeps) – Endemic

Red-capped Coua
Red-capped Coua

Red-fronted Coua (Coua reynaudii) – Endemic

Red-tailed Newtonia (Newtonia fanovanae) – Endemic

Sickle-billed Vanga (Falculea palliata) – Endemic

Sooty Falcon (Falco concolor ) – Range: Winters in Madagascar

Souimanga Sunbird (Cinnyris sovimanga)

Sakalava Weaver (Ploceus sakalava)

Thamnornis Warbler (Thamnornis chloropetoides) – Range: Found only in Madagascar

Thick-billed Cuckoo (Pachycoccyx audeberti)

Torotoroka Scops Owl (Otus madagascariensis) – Western Madagascar

Vasa Parrots (Coracopsis) – Endemic

Verreaux’s Coua (Coua verreauxi) – Endemic

Wattled Starling (Creatophora cinerea) – Vagrant


Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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