Giant Coua by Rich Lindie
Madagascar hosts some of the most remarkable fauna and flora to be found anywhere on Earth. For birders in particular, the vast array of unique and often spectacular species, many of which are surprisingly confiding and most of which occur nowhere else, makes Madagascar truly a pleasure to bird and explore!
Amongst the 140 endemic or near endemic avian species, including no less than 5 endemic families, the Giant Coua is certainly one of the most magnificent. The largest of all the world’s extant coua species, this surprisingly elegant bird measures an impressive 60 cm or 2 ft in length, and can be remarkably confiding around the lodges where it has become habituated to the presence of human admirers. It was at one such lodge that Rich Lindie snapped this image of a very unperturbed bird as it slowly meandered towards him on one of the property’s pathways. Interestingly, it is thought that all couas probably originated from some Asian ground cuckoo ancestor many millennia ago, and looking at this image it certainly seems a viable hypothesis.
This fairly common dry forest species is one of many potential highlights on our upcoming Madagascar adventures, which also target such exotic sounding delights as mesites, asities, sunbird-asities, vangas, the incomparable Cuckoo Roller and, of course, the island’s other couas. What’s more, our Malagasy tours also take time to seek out and admire the remarkable array of additional endemic wildlife, including numerous species of delightful lemurs, tenrecs, colorful chameleons and other reptiles, amphibians and some of the world’s most truly outlandish insects!
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Madagascar Highlights I (26 Jul – 9 Aug 2015 (15 days), US$5,350 per person sharing);
Madagascar Comprehensive IV (18 Oct – 8 Nov (22 days), US$7,750 per person sharing).
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