French: Artamelle à tête blanche German: Weißkopfvanga Spanish: Vanga cabeciblanco
Fort Dauphin (Tôlanaro), south-east Madagascar
Subspecies and Distribution
A. v. annae
(Stejneger, 1879) – W & S Madagascar (S from R Sambirano).
A. v. viridis
(Statius Müller, 1776) – N & E Madagascar.
20 cm; 44–57 g. A medium-sized vanga with stout, conical bill. Male has white head and underparts; upperparts black with green sheen, small white area on rump;... read more
Male sings from regular songposts a whistling "weety-woo weety-woo weety-woo"; responds... read more
Found in all native forest types, also in second growth, and sometimes in savanna and wooded areas... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, including spiders (Araneae), caterpillars, grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera); also small vertebrates, e.g. chameleons (... read more
Recorded in Oct–Jan in NW (Ampijoroa). Sometimes breeds co-operatively; pair occasionally has a helper, apparently a moulting... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and generally common; possibly less common in S of range. Not reliant on undisturbed forest. Occurs in numerous protected areas throughout... read more
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