These beautifully colored birds are endemic to Madagascar

From the far north to the southernmost tip, the eastern half of Madagascar is home to the species that make up this genus. The fact that it can be found in all of the island’s native rainforest types means that it has a greater variety of habitats that it is willing to inhabit.

They hunt on the ground and consume various foods, primarily insects, including ants, beetles, cockroaches, and butterflies. Worms and tiny reptiles like chameleons and frogs are also consumed. It hunts by remaining still while observing and then making quick movements to change positions. Once the prey is found, the predator sallies or rushes to seize it.