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Coracopsis vasa (Greater Vasa Parrot)

Wikipedia Abstract

The greater vasa parrot (Coracopsis vasa) is one of two species of vasa parrot, the other being the lesser vasa parrot C. nigra. The greater vasa parrot can be found throughout Madagascar and the Comoros. In Madagascar it is more common in portions of the Madagascar dry deciduous forests, compared with the lesser vasa parrot which is more common in the humid forests of the east coast. The greater vasa parrot has a very unusual breeding biology and mating system.
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Coracopsis vasa comorensis (Comoro Island vasa parrot)
Coracopsis vasa drouhardi (Western vasa parrot)
Coracopsis vasa vasa (Vasa parrot)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 13.6077
EDGE Score: 2.68155


Adult Weight [1]  1.16 lbs (525 g)
Diet [2]  Frugivore, Granivore
Diet - Fruit [2]  60 %
Diet - Seeds [2]  40 %
Forages - Canopy [2]  20 %
Forages - Mid-High [2]  40 %
Forages - Understory [2]  40 %
Clutch Size [3]  3
Maximum Longevity [1]  54 years


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Comoros forests Comoros Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests  
Madagascar dry deciduous forests Madagascar Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Madagascar lowland forests Madagascar Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Madagascar mangroves Madagascar Afrotropic Mangroves
Madagascar spiny thickets Madagascar Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Madagascar subhumid forests Madagascar Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Madagascar succulent woodlands Madagascar Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Kirindy Forest Reserve   Madagascar      
La Réserve Naturelle Intégrale d' Ankarafantsika National Park II 335701 Madagascar  
Mantadia National Park II 38395 Madagascar
Parc National de la Montagne d'Ambre National Park II 56324 Madagascar
Ranomafana National Park II 100646 Madagascar  
Réserve Naturelle Intégrale d'Andohahela National Park II 180522 Madagascar
Réserve Naturelle Intégrale d'Andringitra National Park II 76961 Madagascar
Réserve Naturelle Intégrale de Zahamena National Park II 102875 Madagascar
Réserve Spéciale Ankarana Special Reserve II 62972 Madagascar  
Reserve Speciale d'Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve IV 45390 Madagascar  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles Yes

Prey / Diet

Commiphora guillaumini[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Coracopsis nigra (Lesser Vasa Parrot)1
Neomixis tenella (Common Jery)1
Propithecus verreauxi (Verreaux's sifaka)1

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Africa Alive!
Beale Park
Birmingham Zoo
Bosphorus Zoo (Bogaziçi Hayvanat
Dept. of National Zoological Gardensvasa
Endangered Madagascar
Exmoor Zoological Park
Folly Farm Leisure Ltd
Harewood Bird Garden at Leeds
Münchener Tierpark Hellabrunnvasa
Mitchell Park Zoovasa
Newquay Zoo (Cornwall Animal World)
Olmense Zoo
Parc de Lunaret
Parc Merveilleux
Parc Paradisio S.A.
Parco Natura Viva
Parque Ornitologico de Lourosa
Rome Zoo-Fondazione Bioparco di Roma
San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquar
Stichting Nederlands Opvang Papegaaien
The Parrot Zoo
Twycross Zoo
Wildlife World Zoo
Wilhelma Zoo
Wingham Wildlife Park
Wroclaw Zoo, LLC
Zoo Parc de Beauval
Zoo Taiping & Night Safari
Zoo Zürich
Zoologicka zahrada Bojnice
Zoologicka Zahrada Mesta Brna
Zoologická a botanická zahrada Plzen




Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
4Seed Dispersal by Birds in a South African and a Malagasy Commiphora Species, Bärbel Bleher, Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Ecotropica 6: 43–53, 2000
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Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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