Order Passeriformes   Family Vangidae


The vangas of the Vangidae family are small to medium passerine birds restricted to Madagascar and the Comoros. Most species are shrike-like, feeding on reptiles and insects. Other species are more like Old World werblers, babblers, or flycatcers. They build stick nests in trees and do not migrate.

Genus Artamella - 1 species

Vanga, White-headed  Artamella viridis  Found: Madagascar
The White-headed Vanga has dark blue upperparts; white head, underparts.
Image by: 1) Fred Leviez  2) Werner Witte  3) Lee Hunter



Genus Calicalicus

Vanga, Red-shouldered  Calicalicus rufocarpalis  southwestern desert of Madagascar
The male Red-shouldered Vanga has red wing coverts; gray crown, nape, mantle; white underparts, ear coverts, forehead; pick tinge to breast and flanks; pale red tail; black bill; yellow eyes; pinkish-gray feet. Female has grayish upperparts with some red on wing coverts; light beige underparts; pale yellow eyes; black eye-ring.
Image by: 1) John C. Mittermeier  2) Attis1979 
1) Female  2) Male


Vanga, Red-tailed  Calicalicus madagascariensis  Found: Madagasca
The male Red-tailed Vanga has a red tail; white underparts, ear coverts, forehead; gray crown, nape; black bib. Female has hint of red on tail; yellow breast; white belly.
Image by: 1) John Gerrard Keulemans  2) Eitan Altman  3) Ross Tsai  4) pinebird
1) Pair  2) Female  3, 4) Male


Genus Cyanolanius - 1 species

Vanga, Blue  Cyanolanius madagascarinus  Found: Comoros, Madagascar, and Mayotte
The Blue Vanga has blue upperparts; white underparts.
Image by: 1) John Gerrard Keulemans  2) David Cook



Genus Euryceros - 1 species

Vanga, Helmet  Euryceros prevostii  northeastern Madagascar
The Helmet Vanga has mainly blue-black plumage; rufous wings; large arched blue bill.
Image by: 1) Renré-Primevère Lesson  2) Eric Mathieu  3) Paul French



Genus Falculea - 1 species

Vanga, Sickle-billed  Falculea palliata  Found: Madagascar
The Sickle-billed Vanga has a down-curved bill which is blue-gray fading to ivory at the tip. It has white back, head, underparta; black with blue sheen wings, tail; brown eye with black eye-ring. Females are same as males.
Image by: 1) John Gerrard Keulemans  2) Frank Vassen  3) Dick Daniels - Madagascar



Genus Hypositta - 1 species

Vanga, Nuthatch  Hypositta corallirostris  Found: Madagascar
Image by: 1) Joseph Wolf   2) David Cook   3) Kristian Svensson



Genus Leptopterus - 1 species

Vanga, Chabert  Leptopterus chabert  Found: Madagascar
Image by: 1) Pat and Keith Taylor   2) Werne Witte   3) Frank Vassen  4) Marquis and Dick - Madagascar



Genus Mystacornis - 1 species

Vanga, Crossley's  also  Crossley's Babbler  Mystacornis crossleyi  Found: Madagascar
The Crossley's Vanga has a long olive-gray bill with a slight hook at the end. The male has olive-green back, crown, wings, flanks; gray belly; black face, throat; white submoustachial strip. Female is similar but with a white throat and belly.
Image by: 1) John Gerrard Keulemans  2) David Cook



Genus Newtonia
These are small plump birds, about 12 centimetres in length. They have slender bills and usually have a pale eye. Their plumage is mainly grey or brown, paler on the underparts. They have loud, repeated songs.

Newtonia, Archbold's  Archbold's Newtonia  Found: Madagascar
The Archbold's Newtonia has reddish-gray upperparts and head; white belly.
Similar to: Common Newtonia. Archbold's Newtonia has reddish tnt to upperparts; Common Newtonia has gray upperparts. Archbold's Newtonia has whiter belly than Common Newtonia.
Image by: 1) David Cook


Newtonia, Common  Newtonia brunneicauda  Found: Madagascar
The Common Newtonia has gray-brown upperparts, head. tail; buff underparts; black bill.
Similar to: Archbold's Newtonia. Archbold's Newtonia has reddish tnt to upperparts; Common Newtonia has gray upperparts. Archbold's Newtonia has whiter belly than Common Newtonia.
Image by: 1) John Gerrard Keulemans  2) David Cook


Newtonia, Dark  Newtonia amphichroa  Found: Madagascar
Image by: foto lulu


Newtonia, Red-tailed  Newtonia fanovanae  Found: Madagascar
The Red-tailed Newtonia has gray upperparts with grayish-brown mantle; white underparts, eye-ring; rufous-brown tail.
Image by: 1) foto lulu



Genus Pseudobias - 1 species

Flycatcher, Ward's  Pseudobias wardi  Found: Madagascar
The Ward's Flycatcher has black back, head, tails; black-and-white wings; white throat.
Image by: 1) Ross Tsai  2) Bob Lewis  3) poto lulu



Genus Oriolia - 1 species

Vanga, Bernier's  Oriolia bernieri  Found: Madagascar
Image by: 1) John Gerrard Keulemans  2) Ross Tsai  3) Paul French



Genus Schetba - 1 species

Vanga, Rufous  Schetba rufa  Found: Madagascar
The Rufous Vanga has rufous upperparts; black head; white underparts. Male has black bib.
Image by: 1) John Gerrard Keulemans  2) Ross Tsai  3) Kristian Svensson
1) Male on right, female left  2) Femal  3) Male



Genus Tylas - 1 species

Vanga, Tylus  Tylas eduardi  Found: Madagascar
The Tylus Vanga has gray upperparts; black head; white collar, underparts.
Image by: 1) Joseph Wolf  2, 3) Ross Tsai



Genus Vanga- 1 species

Vanga, Hook-billed  Vanga curvirostris  Found: Madagascar
The Hook-billed Vanga has black rear-crown, wings; white fore-crown, neck, underparts.
Image by: 1) Ross Tsai  2) Fred.leviez



Genus Xenopirostris

Vanga, Lafresnaye's   Xenopirostris xenopirostris  Found: Madagascar
Image by: 1) Fred Veviez  2) Tony Palliser


Vanga, Pollen's  Xenopirostris polleni  Found: Madagascar
Image by: 1) Cristopher Meier


Vanga, Van Dam's  Xenopirostris damii  Found: Madagascar
Image by: 1) John Gerrard Keulemans  2) Ross Tsai




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