Madagascar’s Treasures

In Madagascar Nine out of the ten species of flora fauna are native to Madagascar. They are only found in Madagascar and only in Madagascar. While looking through pictures taken during a trip in 2017, I am brought back to this reality.

The fourth-largest Island in the globe, Madagascar evolved several ecosystems and many species after breaking apart from Africa around one hundred million years back. It will take a long time for a nature photographer to fully appreciate its abundance of flora fauna.

A mountain range that runs north-south across its middle, divides Madagascar into various climate zones: humid to the east and dry in west and dry towards the southern part of the island. Each zone has its own unique biodiversity.

We explored the southern and eastern ecosystems including the forests in Andasibe along with the spiny rainforest of the deserts in the south. After driving for several hours from the capital Antananarivo we arrived at Andasibe in the evening, just before it got dark. The excitement began at breakfast the next day. On the terrace of the restaurant we observed the Chabert's Vanga - - a Black and White bird, with blue eye rings - flying about in the branches of a tree.

If I come across a brand new bird species in a new country, I try to put it within the context of. The bird's family includes members from other countries, and I'm able to compare it with the species I've seen in other countries. For instance I was able to see the Violaceous Trogon in Brazil, I instantly noticed that its shape and posture resembled the Red-headed Trogon in the forest of Bangladesh So this bird isn't totally alien.

This vanga is not the case! The entire vanga family can be found only in Madagascar This bird seemed to be a bit foreign to me. We also found other birds that were also strange, Asities, Couas, Ground-rollers and Fodys among them.

Apart from the bizarre animals, they had birds that were "almost but not quite" birds.

For instance, down to the south, we saw a Doel the Oriental Magpie Robin. There was something wrong It was smaller than the bird we call our national. It was later discovered to be a different species known as Madagascar Magpie Robin. The species we have here is called Madagascar Magpie Robin. Kani Boga (Indian Pond Heron) isn't present here, but this Malagasy Pond Heron with a bright blue beak is scarce and sought-after by bird watchers. Additionally, the Common Kestrel, a small falcon that is seen in winter, also has an Madagascar variant. While the former appears greyish with wings that are orange-brown, the latter is more reddish and has shades of orange and purple on its wings.

Over a hundred species gentle and gentle lemurs are found on the island. The 80 species of snakes found here are not dangerous: I was able get within the boa that was resting within only a few feet. There are many chameleons with vibrant colors and Lizards. The only carnivore found in Madgasacar is the fossa. It is approximately the size of the size of a large dog. It feeds on lemurs.

The plant life in Madagascar isn't more exciting. Madagascar is home to the world's most vanilla, which is the seeds of an orchid that needs to be pollinated with hand. Of the eight species of baobabs that exist in all over the globe, only six of them are native to Madagascar. The bottle-shaped trees are stunning. They are a reservoir for water in deserts and their fruits are edible. Alongside exotic species, there were commonplace species such as Krishnachura or Panthopadop that originated in Madagascar.

I would like to go back to Madagascar in the near future. But, it could be a while away since Madagascar is currently fighting famine-like conditions that are caused by the effects of climate change and the emergence of locusts. We wish them speedy recovery.


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