The spiny forest surrounding Ifaty in southwestern Madagascar is a visually distinct habitat known for its unique flora and arid landscape. The presence of bottle-shaped baobabs, spiny octopus trees, and other species adds to the charm of this region. Visiting during the end of the trip ensured that increased rainfall during the rainy season wouldn’t affect birding activities significantly. The remaining targets in the area included the elusive Subdesert Mesite, the secretive Long-tailed Ground-roller, and the unremarkable Thamnornis, all of which are endemic species and held high importance on the birdwatching itinerary.