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Brown Mesite

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Roatelo Alternate name
Mesitornis unicolor Scientific name
Gruiiformes     Order
Mesitornithidae Family
25 - 30 cm Length
Subtropical/tropical lowland moist forest, Steep sided hillsides. Between (0 -800) 1200 m. Endemic to  Madagascar. Habitat-Altitude-Range
1 egg laid in a nest on the ground. Clutch
Seeds and small insects Food  
Stays in dark places and forages in leaf litter. Habits
2940 -TSN: 561100 World Number
Vulnerable Status

By Calidris! Jon Irvine October 31, 2011 © all rights reserved          

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If you have sound recording of the Mesitornis unicolor please send it to xeno-canto. 

  Czech: Mesit hnedý, mesit hnědý
Danish: Brun Drosselrikse
German: Einfarbstelzenralle, Einfarb-Stelzenralle
English: Brown Mesite, Brown Mesito, Brown Roatelo, Mesite
Spanish: Mesito Castaño, Mesito Unicolor
Estonian: pruun-roatelo
Finnish: Ruskokyyhkyrääkkä
French: Mésite unicolore
Italian: Mesena bruna, Mesite bruno
Japanese: kuriirokuinamodoki
Japanese: クリイロクイナモドキ
Latin: Mesitornis unicolor, Mesoenas unicolor
Malagasy: manganahitra, Roatelo, Vorona atambo, Vorona atmbo
Dutch: Bruine Steltral
Norwegian: Brunmesitt
Polish: madagaskarnik jednobarwny
Russian: Коричневый месит, одноцветная (бурая) пастушковая куропатка, одноцветный мадагаскарский пастушок
Slovak: Mezita hnedá
Swedish: Brun duvrall
Chinese: 褐拟鹑
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