Family Vangas (Vangidae)

Vulnerable

Helmet Vanga (Euryceros prevostii)


Taxonomy

French: Eurycère de Prévost German: Helmvanga Spanish: Vanga de casco
Taxonomy:

Euryceros prevostii

Lesson

, 1831,

“East Indies”

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

NE Madagascar (from Marojejy region S to Tsaratanana and Mantadia).

Descriptive notes

28–31 cm; 84–114 g. Highly distinctive large vanga with massive hooked bill (51 mm long, 30 mm deep) and rather long, broad tail. Head, alula, primary coverts and... read more

Voice

Song, given early in morning, often before sunrise, a series of c. 8 soft whistled "tree... read more

Habitat

Evergreen humid forest in lowlands and lower middle altitudes; observed at 200–1800 m, but... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including cockroaches (Blattodea), butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), crickets and katydids (Orthoptera) and beetles (Coleoptera... read more

Breeding

Season Oct–Jan in Masoala Peninsula. Monogamous. Cup-shaped nest 15 cm in ­diameter, made from mosses and woven plant fibres and... read more

Movements

Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted range species: present in East Malagasy Wet Forests EBA. Uncommon, with patchy distribution; appears to be relatively common in Masoala Peninsula... read more

Recommended citation

Yamagishi, S. & Nakamura, M. (2017). Helmet Vanga (Euryceros prevostii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/60567 on 21 September 2017).