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Greater Vasa Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Peter Day
Arafansika Madagascar, December, 2016

Alternative name(s): Vasa Parrot

Coracopsis vasa


50 cm

  • Dark brown upper parts
  • Lighter brown under parts
  • Pale grey undertail-coverts
  • Greyish wing-coverts and edges to primaries
  • Rosy-grey bare area on face
  • Bill light brown


Photo by James Williams
Western Madagascar, June 2007

Comoro Islands and Madagascar.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • M. v. comorensis:
  • M. v. drouhardi:
  • M. v. vasa:
  • Savanna and forests of eastern Madagascar


They are found in all native forest types, secondary forest and trees surrounding villages.



Their diet consists of fruits, berries and seeds.


The 2 or 3 eggs are incubated by the female.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2014)
  3. Wikipedia

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