Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Archbold's Newtonia (Newtonia archboldi)


French: Newtonie d’Archbold German: Braunstirnvanga Spanish: Newtonia de Archbold

Newtonia archboldi

Delacour and Berlioz

, 1931,

Tabiky, south-west Madagascar




SW & S Madagascar, from S of Morondava S within narrow band (c. 100 km) along coast to W of Fort Dauphin.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 7–8·5 g. A small, short-winged, rather long-legged warbler-like bird, grey-brown with warmly tinged face and underparts and pale eyes. Has variable dark... read more


Song, from concealed perch, a distinctive variable warble of 4 or 5 syllables, “tee-too... read more


Spiny Didierea and Euphorbia forests and adjacent scrubby vegetation, and... read more

Food and feeding

Small arthropods, including spiders (Araneae), beetles (Coleoptera), homopteran bugs, termites (Isoptera) and lepidopterans. Searches... read more


Very few data. Juveniles seen in Nov–Dec. Nest a deep cup hidden in low dense shrubbery. No other information.


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common. Has very small global range; restricted to forests of coastal S Madagascar.

Recommended citation

Hawkins, F. & Pearson, D. (2020). Archbold's Newtonia (Newtonia archboldi). 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 on 9 April 2020).