The Schlegel’s Asity (Philepitta schlegeli) Male, Plumage can be found in Madagascar. This fantastic bird is a species of bird belonging to Philepittidae family. It is endemic to Madagascar, and its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.
The Schlegel’s Asity is 12·5 to 14 cm, small bird, rotund, short-tailed, with short bills and legs. Adult male breeding has head mostly black, brilliant apple-green wattle. The species is perhaps polygynous, with dispersed male leks. Its nest is globular and suspended from a low branch of an understory tree.
It is constructed from moss, bark, and leaf strips, held together with spiders’ webs. Laying dates are probably at least between October and December. The male is very distinctive, but the female can be distinguished from the Velvet Asity by the pale fleshy eye-ring, and the yellow-tinged underparts. Thus, hints Often feed from flowering trees in the canopy of the western deciduous forest, or on fruits in the understory.
This species has elaborate secondary sexual characters. Adult breeding males of the Schlegel’s Asity have supraorbital caruncles, which are featherless, fleshy excrescences of the dermis above the eye. These caruncles are pearly light green below and in front of the eyes, blue above the eyes, and turquoise behind the eyes.
The voice of the Male bird song is a quiet but penetrating whistle of c. 7–9 notes, rising and than falling. The bird likes largely frugivorous, especially in the rainy season; fruits include those of Cabucala (Apocynaceae). The population size of this species has not been quantified, but it is described as rather scarce.
All forest habitats in Madagascar are under intense human pressure. Because dry forests within this species’ range are threatened by burning and cattle-grazing as well as by the extraction of wood for fuel and construction.