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#5406 Madagascar Partridges - Antwerp Zoo (Belgium)

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Madagascar Partridges (male and female) at Antwerp Zoo, also known as Zoo Antwerpen or Zoo d'Anvers (Belgium)

The Madagascar Partridge is a species of bird in the family Phasianidae. It is found only in Madagascar where it is relatively common except in extreme south. This species frequents a variety of forest habitats including both humid and dry areas. It feeds on seeds, berries, other plant matter, insects and various invertebrates. The male's plumage is very beautiful with contrasting colours and interesting pattern, whereas the female shows cryptic plumage overall, making her almost invisible when she is incubating on the ground. The Madagascar Partridge is threatened by degradation and loss of the habitat, and by hunting pressure. But the species is not globally threatened in spite of declining population.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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