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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).
Out of the above birds, one is threatened (Madagascar teal), and three are considered vulnerable (white-breasted mesite, long-tailed ground-roller, Madagascar plover).
Among the birds, Appert's greenbul (Xanthomixis apperti) and the white-breasted mesite (Mesitornis variegata), are considered endemic to this ecoregion.
Seddon N, et al. (2005) Mating system, philopatry and patterns of kinship in the cooperatively breeding subdesert mesite
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).