from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of the Brachypteraciinœ, a group of rollers of the family Coraciidœ, peculiar to Madagascar: so called from their terrestrial habits.


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  • Out of the above birds, one is threatened (Madagascar teal), and three are considered vulnerable (white-breasted mesite, long-tailed ground-roller, Madagascar plover).

    Madagascar succulent woodlands

  • The following species are near-endemic: Madagascar teal (Anas bernieri), Madagascar plover (Charadrius thoracicus), and long-tailed ground-roller (Uratelornis chimaera).

    Madagascar succulent woodlands

  • Several endemic bird species such as Crossley's ground-roller (Atelornis crossleyi), cryptic warbler (Cryptosylvicola randianasoloi) and yellow-bellied sunbird-asity (Neodrepanis hypoxantha) occur in the upper portion of these mountains.

    Madagascar ericoid thickets


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  • One of five endemic avian families in Madagascar.

    January 10, 2008