Helmet Vanga, Masoala, Madagascar
Masoala NP is one of the most beautiful, unspoiled primary forests I have ever set foot in. It is abundant in species, yet many hard to spot or photograph. The two key trophies if you're not looking for anything specifically are the Red-ruffed Lemur and the Helmet Vanga. So here is trophy #2: the Helmet Vanga. The entire family of Vanga birds are endemic to Madagascar. Here's a few, a group that will grow once I am done with sharing this year's set:
The helmet vanga is a distinctive-looking bird of the vanga family, Vangidae, and is classified in its own genus, ''Euryceros''. It is mainly blue-black, with rufous wings and a huge arched blue bill. It is restricted to lowland and lower montane rainforests of northeastern Madagascar. Its diet is composed of invertebrates, predominantly insects.