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Mesitornithidae - Mesites

 

Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Gruiformes
 Family: Mesitornithidae

Subdesert mesiteThe three species small ground-dwelling birds in this family are only found in Madagascar. They are brown on their uppersides and lighter on their undersides.

Mesites live in forested and scrub areas. They are not very good fliers. They spend most of their time on the ground feeding on insects and seeds.

 

 

 

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  None

Other Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Brown Mesite - Mesitornis unicolor Vulnerable Africa
White-breasted Mesite - Mesitornis variegatus Vulnerable Africa
  Subdesert Mesite - Monias benschi Vulnerable Africa

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Brown Mesite - Mesitornis unicolor profile Photos Vulnerable Africa
The brown mesite is found in the eastern rainforests of Madagascar.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Subdesert Mesite - Monias benschi profile Photos Vulnerable Africa
The brown mesite is found in southwestern Madagascar.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

White-breasted Mesite - Mesitornis variegatus profile Photos Vulnerable Africa
The brown mesite is found in north and west Madagascar.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes