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Aviceda madagascariensis 1868

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Cladus: Avemetatarsalia
Cladus: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauriformes
Cladus: Dracohors
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Eusaurischia
Subordo: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Cladus: Averostra
Cladus: Tetanurae
Cladus: Avetheropoda
Cladus: Coelurosauria
Cladus: Tyrannoraptora
Cladus: Maniraptoromorpha
Cladus: Maniraptoriformes
Cladus: Maniraptora
Cladus: Pennaraptora
Cladus: Paraves
Cladus: Eumaniraptora
Cladus: Avialae
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Cladus: Neoaves
Ordo: Accipitriformes

Familia: Accipitridae
Subfamilia: Perninae
Genus: Aviceda
Species: Aviceda madagascariensis

Aviceda madagascariensis (A. Smith, 1834)

South African Quarterly Journal. (2) no.3 pt3 p.285
IUCN: Aviceda madagascariensis (Least Concern)

Vernacular names
azərbaycanca: Madaqaskar kəkilli çalağanı
brezhoneg: Baza Madagaskar
català: Aviceda madagascariensis
čeština: Luňákovec madagaskarský
dansk: Øglebaza
Deutsch: Lemurenweih
English: Madagascar Baza
español: Baza malgache
français: Baza malgache
magyar: Madagaszkári kakukkhéja
italiano: Baza del Madagascar
Nederlands: Madagaskarkoekoekswouw
polski: Czubak madagaskarski
svenska: Madagaskarbaza
Türkçe: Madagaskar guguk şahini

The Madagascar cuckoo-hawk (Aviceda madagascariensis), also known as the Madagascar baza or the Madagascan cuckoo falcon, is a species of bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. It is endemic to Madagascar.


The adult Madagascar cuckoo-hawk has dark brown upperparts which are paler on the head and an off white rump. The underparts are white with the breast and upper breast and sides of the lower breast are heavily streaked with brown, these streaks becoming finer on the flanks, The tail has two narrow, pale bars and a pale tip. The underwing coverts are heavily barred with brown while the flight feathers have broad dark bands on their underside. At rest there is a short crest which projects from the rear crown. The juvenile is darker than the adult with white tips to the feathers obvious against the dark upperparts. Males and females are similar in size with a length of 300 mm (12 in) and a wingspan of 850 mm (33 in).[2]

The bird is endemic to Madagascar where it is reasonably common in the west, the north, and the east of the island. However, it is rather uncommon in the south and on the Central Plateau.[3]

In Madagascar this species is found in most forest types, including commercial plantations of coconut and other palms. It has been recorded from sea level to 1,600 m (5,200 ft) in altitude. Most observation are made at the edges of forests or in clearings, it can also be seen in towns.[3] It avoids the densest forests and the most arid or deforested areas in the south and the central plateau.[2]

The Madagascar cuckoo-hawk spends a lot of the day perched while searching for insects and lizards and other small vertebrates.[2] Chameleons and geckoes make up the majority of its diet but it also takes nestlings and larger insects such as locusts. It is most active at dawn and dusk but is apparently uncommon and rarely soars, being most often observed flying between patches of trees with its typical flight of deep flaps interspersed with glides.[3] Breeding has been recorded in November and December when the nest was situated at the top of a tree which was 14m tall and located in an area of degraded forest adjacent to a marsh.[4]

BirdLife International (2016). "Aviceda madagascariensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22694950A93480785. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22694950A93480785.en. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
Kemp, Alan; Kemp, Meg (1998). SASOL Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands. New Holland. pp. 192–193. ISBN 1-85974-100-2.
"Madagascar Cuckoo-hawk Aviceda madagascariensis". The Peregrine Fund. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
"Madagascar Cuckoo-Hawk (Aviceda madagascariensis)". Planet of Birds. Retrieved 25 October 2016.

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