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  • n. Any of three species of bird in the family Mesitornithidae endemic to Madagascar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old name for a mixture of methyl acetate and mesityl oxid, prepared by distilling crude wood-alcohol or crude acetic acid from wood with sulphuric acid.


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  • They are subdesert mesite (Monias benschi) and long-tailed ground roller (Uratelornis chimaera).

    Madagascar spiny thickets

  • 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

  • Among the birds, Appert's greenbul (Xanthomixis apperti) and the white-breasted mesite (Mesitornis variegata), are considered endemic to this ecoregion.

    Madagascar succulent woodlands

  • Seddon N, et al. (2005) Mating system, philopatry and patterns of kinship in the cooperatively breeding subdesert mesite

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  • Several bird species are confined to the western forests, have limited or disjunct ranges, in some cases associated with habitat fragmentation including Van Dam’s vanga (Xenopirostris damii), and white-breasted mesite (Mesitornis variegata).

    Madagascar dry deciduous forests


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  • One of five endemic avian families in Madagascar.

    January 10, 2008