The Madagascar Cuckoo-hawk (Aviceda madagascariensis)

The Madagascar Cuckoo-hawk (Aviceda madagascariensis) is indeed a real species of bird found in Madagascar. It belongs to the family Accipitridae and is also known as the Madagascar Cuckoo-falcon.

The Madagascar Cuckoo-hawk is a medium-sized raptor with a distinctive plumage. It has a black crown, back, and wings, with a barred white underbelly. Its tail is also barred, and it has red eyes. This bird is often associated with wooded habitats, including forests and wooded savannas, where it hunts for small birds, reptiles, and insects.

Like other cuckoo-hawks, this species exhibits some behavioral traits similar to cuckoos. For instance, it may lay its eggs in the nests of other bird species, allowing them to raise its young. This behavior is known as brood parasitism.

The Madagascar Cuckoo-hawk is relatively common within its range in Madagascar but faces threats from habitat loss and degradation due to deforestation and human activities. Conservation efforts aimed at protecting its habitat are crucial for the survival of this unique and ecologically important bird species.

 

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