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Scaly Ground Roller by Jonathan Rossouw
Madagascar rightfully remains one of our most popular birding and wildlife destinations – and for very good reason. This enormous island off the east coast of Africa hosts some of the most remarkable fauna and flora to be found anywhere on our planet. For birders in particular, the vast array of utterly unique and often spectacular endemic birds, many of which are surprisingly confiding, makes Madagascar truly a pleasure to bird and explore!
Amongst the +-140 endemic or near endemic birds, including no less than 5 endemic families, the Scaly Ground Roller must rank as one of the most striking of them all. An elusive forest understorey dwelling species, it is usually located by its mournful “whoop” call. One of 5 ground roller species, it has the unusual habit of nesting in unprotected holes in open ground, which somehow seem to remain dry despite the precipitation that typifies its rainforest habitat.
Rockjumper have several upcoming tours to Madagascar that offer the unique opportunity of seeing this beautiful bird, along with most of Madagascar’s other endemic and near-endemic birds, including couas, cuckoo-roller, asities, mesites and the striking vangas. Not that we only concentrate on the island’s avian denizens; our tours also take time to seek out and admire Madagascar’s remarkable array of additional endemic wildlife, including numerous species of delightful lemurs, tenrecs, colorful chameleons and other reptiles, amphibians and truly outlandish insects for which it is equally famous.
For further information on our various Madagascar tours that still have spaces available, simply click on the links below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our office with any queries you may have regarding these departures.
Madagascar Highlights I (20 Jul to 3 Aug 2013 (15 days), US$5,250 per person sharing);
Madagascar Comprehensive I (4 to 25 Aug 2013 (22 days), US$7,275 per person sharing);
Madagascar Comprehensive II (11 Oct to 1 Nov 2013 (22 days), US$7,275 per person sharing);
Madagascar Comprehensive III (5 to 26 Oct 2013 (22 days), US$7,275 per person sharing);
Madagascar's Remote North - Pochard & Endangered Endemics (19 Oct to 5 Nov 2013 (18 days), US$6,475 per person sharing);
Madagascar Highlights II (27 Oct to 10 Nov 2013 (15 days), US$5,250 per person sharing).
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