Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus hirundinaceus)


French: Hémipe véloce German: Sundaschnäppervanga Spanish: Oruguero golondrina

Muscicapa hirundinacea


, 1822,





Extreme S Myanmar (S Tenasserim), extreme S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra (including Nias I and Simeulue I), Riau and Lingga Archipelagos, Bangka, Belitung, Borneo (including Banggi I), Java and Bali.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 10–14 g. Male has top of head, upperparts and wings black, glossed green, lores to ear-coverts also black, cheeks and side of neck white; rump white,... read more


Coarse “tu-tu-tu-tu-hee-tee-tee-teet” and “hee-too-weet”, interspersed with... read more


Canopy of forest, including freshwater swamp-forest, tall secondary growth and forest edge; also... read more

Food and feeding

Eats small insects. Commonly joins canopy-level mixed-species foraging parties. Snatches insects from underside of terminal foliage while... read more


Breeds in Apr–Jun in Peninsular Malaysia, Jan–Apr and Aug–Nov in Sumatra, and Aug–Sept in Borneo. Nest built by... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Scarce to locally common; in 1990s regarded as local and uncommon in Thailand and fairly common in Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali. Considered “... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2019). Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike (Hemipus hirundinaceus). 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 21 April 2019).