Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Chabert Vanga (Leptopterus chabert)


French: Artamie chabert German: Elstervanga Spanish: Vanga chabert

Lanius Cha-bert

Statius Müller

, 1776,

Fort Dauphin (Tôlanaro), south-east Madagascar


Races differ only minimally in morphology and plumage. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. c. chabert (Statius Müller, 1776) – W, N & E Madagascar.
  • L. c. schistocercus (Neumann, 1908) – SW Madagascar.
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 17·6–26·7 g. A small vanga with prominent, broad blue eyering. Nominate race has forehead, crown, lores, ear-coverts, nape and entire upperparts,... read more


    Call a characteristic mechanical note, rhythmically repeated at 2–3 per second, "tch-tch... read more


    All native forest types, also secondary regrowth, scrubby vegetation and plantations, sometimes far... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), cockroaches (Blattodea), other insects, worms (Oligochaeta); also small vertebrates, e.g.... read more


    Recorded in Aug–Mar; season Sept–Jan in NW (Ampijoroa). Co-operative breeder, with one or more helpers, sex of which unknown.... read more


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread, and common or fairly common throughout range. Nominate race common in all forest types, somewhat less abundant in evergreen humid forest... read more

    Recommended citation

    Yamagishi, S. & Nakamura, M. (2018). Chabert Vanga (Leptopterus chabert). 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 12 December 2018).