Family Vangas (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Sickle-billed Vanga (Falculea palliata)


Taxonomy

French: Falculie mantelée German: Sichelschnabelvanga Spanish: Vanga piquicurvo
Taxonomy:

Falculea palliata

I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire

, 1836,

Madagascar

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

N, W & S Madagascar.

Descriptive notes

32 cm; 106–119 g. Distinctive; the largest vanga, and with exceptionally long (to 70 mm), strongly decurved bill and sturdy legs. Has white head, neck, chin and throat... read more

Voice

Various loud screeching, crying and chortling sounds, given by group-members in unison,... read more

Habitat

Dry deciduous forest and thorn-forest; also savanna, even if sparsely wooded, and wooded areas... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, including spiders (Araneae), cockroaches (Blattodea), crickets and grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), other... read more

Breeding

Season Oct–Jan in NW (Ampijoroa). Polyandrous: more than two males copulate with one female, and all males (and female) feed young;... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common in most of range, especially in W & S. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Ankarafantsika National Park (Ampijoroa),... read more

Recommended citation

Yamagishi, S. & Nakamura, M. (2017). Sickle-billed Vanga (Falculea palliata). 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/60562 on 26 September 2017).