Madagascar Birding Tours

 

Birding Madagascar, our world’s fourth-largest island is, quite simply, unique. Five bird families and five mammal families (including the lemurs) are endemic to this massive island, and half the world’s chameleons, weird and wonderful endemic plant families, and tons of other wildlife can be found here. An astonishing 120 bird species are endemic ( including such exotic groups as vangas, ground rollers, cuckoo roller, couas, asities, and mesites). Lemurs vie for attention, from the tiny mouse lemurs to the marvelous sifakas and the amazing indri with its calls that resound through the forest. Our tour visits a range of habitats: grasslands, dry deciduous woodland, the bizarre spiny forest with its odd octopus trees (Didiera madagascariensis) and elephant’s foot trees (Pachypodium rosulatum), and lush eastern rainforest, as well as lagoons and mudflats.

The birds that we’ll look for include the roadrunner-like Long-tailed Ground Roller and the stunning Pitta-like, Scaly, and Rufous-headed Ground Rollers, as well as the highly-prized Subdesert Mesite, the unforgettable Giant Coua, the astounding Velvet Asity, and Madagascan Ibis, to name just a handful. We invite you to join us on a special tour to an amazing island!

The Masoala Peninsula extension can generate the unbelievable Helmet VangaBrown Mesite, and Short-legged Ground Roller, as well as the largest, and most bizarre, nocturnal lemur, the aye-ayeand a stack more.

One hundred and twenty nine species of birds have been recorded in the northwestern Ankarafantsika National Park, more than half of them endemic to Madagascar. They include Van Dam’s Vanga, Rufous Vanga, the elusive Banded Kestrel, and the more easily observed Madagascan Fish Eagle, which can often be seen at Ravelobe Lake. The endangered Humblot’s Heron can also be seen at Lake Ravelobe.

Berenty Reserve is a haven for birdwatchers, boasting a high number of endemic species. With luck we might be able to find Madagascan Sandgrouse, Madagascan Green Pigeon, Torotoroka Scops Owl, and perhaps even Madagascan Cuckoo-Hawk here.

Birding Tour Madagascar: The Remote North September 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: The Remote North September 2018

November 30, 2016

Birding Tour Madagascar: 7-day Northwest Pre-tour October 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: 7-day Northwest Pre-tour October 2018

July 30, 2017

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Masoala Peninsula Pre-tour October 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Masoala Peninsula Pre-tour October 2018

July 30, 2017

Birding Tour Madagascar: Best of Madagascar Birds and Wildlife October 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: Best of Madagascar Birds and Wildlife October 2018

July 30, 2017

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Berenty Reserve Extension October 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Berenty Reserve Extension October 2018

July 31, 2017

Birding Tour Madagascar: The Remote North September 2019

Birding Tour Madagascar: The Remote North September 2019

July 17, 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: 7-day Northwest Pre-tour October 2019

Birding Tour Madagascar: 7-day Northwest Pre-tour October 2019

November 30, 2016

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Masoala Peninsula Pre-tour October 2019

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Masoala Peninsula Pre-tour October 2019

November 30, 2016

Birding Tour Madagascar: Best of Madagascar Birds and Wildlife October 2019

Birding Tour Madagascar: Best of Madagascar Birds and Wildlife October 2019

November 30, 2016

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Berenty Reserve Extension October 2019

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Berenty Reserve Extension October 2019

November 30, 2016

Birding Tour Madagascar: The Remote North September 2020

Birding Tour Madagascar: The Remote North September 2020

September 2, 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: 7-day Northwest Pre-tour October 2020

Birding Tour Madagascar: 7-day Northwest Pre-tour October 2020

June 6, 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Masoala Peninsula Pre-tour October 2020

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Masoala Peninsula Pre-tour October 2020

September 19, 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: Best of Madagascar Birds and Wildlife October 2020

Birding Tour Madagascar: Best of Madagascar Birds and Wildlife October 2020

June 6, 2018

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Berenty Reserve Extension October 2020

Birding Tour Madagascar: 6-day Berenty Reserve Extension October 2020

June 6, 2018

Madagascar Gallery