Velvet asity

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Velvet asity
Velvet asity (Philepitta castanea), Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Eurylaimidae
Genus: Philepitta
Species: P. castanea
Binomial name
Philepitta castanea
(Müller, 1776)

The velvet asity (Philepitta castanea) is a species of bird in the Eurylaimidae family. It is endemic to Madagascar.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

The male of the velvet asity (Philepitta castanea) has yellow tips to its feathers when newly molted, but these wear off, leaving the bird all black; at the same time, a green wattle grows above the eye. The female is greenish.[2]

Philepitta castanea 1868.jpg

Velvet asities eat berries and other fruit in undergrowth, and they build hanging nests with a little roof over the entrance.