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Velvet Asity, male Velvet Asity, male, dimmed flash Geotagged,Madagascar,Philepitta castanea,Spring,Velvet asity Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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  1. I saw these in about the same place - REALLY hard to photograph as they tend to hang out in thick foliage. Posted 5 months ago

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The velvet asity is a species of bird in the Philepittidae family. It is endemic to Madagascar.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

The male of the velvet asity has yellow tips to its feathers when newly molted, but these wear off, leaving the bird all black; at the same time, a green wattle grows above the eye. The female is greenish.

Velvet asities eat berries and other fruit in undergrowth, and they build hanging nests with a.. more

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by DR_M_Z
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Uploaded Dec 7, 2018. Captured Oct 25, 2018 06:17 in Ranomafana, Madagascar.
  • NIKON D500
  • f/11.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO800
  • 500mm