See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. The incredibly rare species was actually thought to be extinct for many years until 20 of the birds were discovered at Lake Mastsaborimena in … Madagascar’s Avifauna; The Natural History of Madagascar; Madagascar’s biospheres; Major birding sites of Madagascar; Birds conservation in Madagascar; Videos; Our Tours . Elephant birds are members of the extinct ratite family Aepyornithidae, made up of large to enormous flightless birds that once lived on the island of Madagascar.They became extinct, perhaps around 1000–1200 CE, probably as a result of human activity. Birds of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands 5eacc942-0568-48ff-b513-59b934d941ae One of the world's major areas of endemism is Madagascar and its associated islands in the Indian Ocean, and consequently the region is high on many birders' must-visit lists. Isolated for at least 120 million years, Madagascar has developed a unique flora and fauna. Madagascar Pochard (Aythya innotata) The Madagascar Pochard duck has the unfortunate distinction of being the rarest duck in the world, due to its low numbers. See more ideas about Madagascar, Birds, National parks. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Mar 11, 2020 - Beautiful and unique birds of Madagascar, most of which are endemic to the island. Madagascar country profile; Climates and weather; Geography of Madagascar; Birds of Madagascar . Birds of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands (Helm Field Guides) Paperback – May 17, 2016 by Roger Safford (Author), Adrian Skerrett (Author), Frank Hawkins (Author) & 4.6 out of 5 stars 26 ratings. Buy Birds of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands (Helm Field Guides) by Frank Hawkins, Roger Safford and Adrian Skerrett (ISBN: 9781472924094) from Amazon's Book Store. Madagascan Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vociferous) The Madagascan fish eagle is the largest raptor in Madagascar. The fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar has 260 species of birds, no fewer than 108 of which are endemic and a further 25 of which are endemic to the Malagasy Region (Madagascar, the Comoros, Mauritius, Reunion, and their outlying islands). Madagascar declared the rediscovery location of the bird, Lake Alaotra a land of national importance and efforts to conserve the habitat of the birds are underway. Madagascar Overviews . It is dark reddish-brown with whitish cheeks and throat and a white tail.