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Helmet Vanga posing in Masoala, Madagascar We had been tracking this bird for a while, going off-path in Masoala. The humidity was intense, the sweat was pouring down my face like rain. Still it was worthwhile to finally have it somewhat in the viewfinder. We were hiding behind a fallen tree.   Africa,Euryceros prevostii,Geotagged,Helmet vanga,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Masoala,Spring,World Click/tap to enlarge

Helmet Vanga posing in Masoala, Madagascar

We had been tracking this bird for a while, going off-path in Masoala. The humidity was intense, the sweat was pouring down my face like rain. Still it was worthwhile to finally have it somewhat in the viewfinder. We were hiding behind a fallen tree.

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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.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Dec 12, 2015. Captured Oct 3, 2015 09:50 in Maroantsetra, Madagascar.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/5.6
  • 1/250s
  • ISO6400
  • 340mm