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News: Top birds and experiences from our Madagascar and Masoala tours in 2009

Madagascar offers such unique and endemic wildlife that it's hard to choose a top 5. Here's what our 2009 tour participants had to say...

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Top birds

1. Eye-popping views of Schlegel's Asity at Ankarafantsika National Park

2. Scaly Ground-Roller

3. Pitta-like Ground-Roller

3. Sickle-billed Vanga at Ifaty and Ankarafantsika

4. Madagascar Plover (mating) near Ifaty

5. Red-shouldered Vanga at La Table

5. Blue Vanga

5. Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity at Ranomafana

5. White-breasted Mesite at Ankarafantsika

5. Sub-desert Mesite at Ifaty

5. Red-tailed Tropicbird at Nosy Ve

5. Common Sunbird-Asity at Ranomafana

5. Crossley's Babbler at Ranomafana National Park

5. White-tailed Tropicbird among the Red-tailed Tropicbirds at Nosy Ve

5. The spectacular displays of Madagascar Cuckoo-Roller

5. Helmet Vanga at Masoala National Park

Top experiences

1. The surreal spiny forest at Ifaty

2. Picnic Lunch on a tidal sandbank neighbouring Nosy Ve island

2. A pair of Common Sunbird-Asities mobbing a Pitta-like Ground-Roller at Ranomafana

2. Snake (Ithycyphus perineti) eating chameleon (Calumma brevicornis) at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

2. Parson's Chameleon at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

3. Baobab, several species in the spiny desert

3. Coquerel's Sifaka at Ankarafantsika

3. Isalo's ruiniforme landscape

3. Ring-tailed Lemur with babies, close-up views

3. Giraffe-necked weevil at Ranomafana

3. Sounds of the forest insects

3. Indri calling at Andasibe

3. First Ground-Roller, the Long-tailed Ground-Roller

3. Zebu with cart, a recuring sight all over the country

3. Hearing Cuckoo-Rollers

3. The unusual and variety of habitats

3. Madagascar Fish Eagle at Lake Ravelobe

3. Schlegel's Asity, extended scope views at Ankarafantsika

About Birding Africa

Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders.  We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent.  We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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