Madagascar Water Birds

Madagascar Water / Wetland Birds

Below is a listing of Madagascar Water birds that are associated with bodies of water, such as seabirds, coastal birds/waders, wetland birds and birds found in or near lakes and rivers

African Openbill Stork Standing In The Water
African Openbill Stork Standing In The Water
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Birds mostly associated with bodies of water or wetlands:



African Openbill Stork (A. lamelligerus)

African Pygmy Goose (Nettapus auritus)

African Spoonbill (Platalea alba)

Alaotra Grebe (Tachybaptus rufolavatus) aka Delacour’s Little Grebe or Rusty Grebe – Range: Found only on Lake Alaotra and surrounding lakes in Madagascar

African Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio p. madagascariensis)

Audubon’s Shearwater (Puffinus lherminieri temptator) – Seabirds – Range: Northern end of Madagascar

Bernier’s Teal aka Madagascar Teal (Anas bernieri) – Endemic to Madagascar, where it is found only along the west coast.

A Black-headed Heron Madagascar Water Birds
A Black-headed Heron Madagascar Water Birds

Black-banded Plover or Madagascar Plover (Charadrius thoracicus) – Endemic to Madagascar, specifically the subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, sandy shores, intertidal marshes, and coastal saline lagoons

Black-bellied Storm-Petrel (Fregetta tropica) – Seabird

Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala)

Black Heron (Egretta ardesiaca)

Hottentot Teal (Anas hottentota)

Kittlitz’s Plover (Charadrius pecuarius)

Long-tailed Cormorant or Reed Cormorant (Phalacrocorax africanus)

Madagascan Common Moorhen (G. c. pyrrhorrhoa)

Madagascar Flufftail (Sarothrura insularis)

Madagascar Grebe (Tachybaptus pelzelnii) – Range: Found only in western and central Madagascar

Madagascar Heron or Humblot’s Heron (Ardea humbloti) – Range: Madagascar – common to the north and west coasts as well as Lake Alaotra

Madagascar Ibis (Lophotibis cristata)

Madagascar Jacana (Actophilornis albinucha)

Madagascar Jacana with Large Webbed Foot
Madagascar Jacana with Large Webbed Foot

Madagascar Pochard (Aythya innotata) – possibly extinct

Madagascar Rail (Rallus madagascariensis)

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 Wood Rail (Canirallus kioloides)

Malagasy Shelduck or Madagascar Shelduck (Alopochen sirabensis) – May be subspecies of A. mauritianus) – Madagascar, prehistoric

Malagasy Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis bernieri)

Pink-backed Pelican (Pelecanus rufescens)

Three-banded Plover or Three-banded Sandplover (Charadrius tricollaris) – Range: Mainly on inland rivers, pools and lakes

White-backed Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus insularis)

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