Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Common Newtonia (Newtonia brunneicauda)


French: Newtonie commune German: Rostbauchvanga Spanish: Newtonia común

Erythrosterna? brunneicauda

A. Newton

, 1863,

near Fenerive, Madagascar


Proposed race inornata (Ampotaka, in W Madagascar) included in nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • N. b. brunneicauda (A. Newton, 1863) – forested parts of Madagascar (including forest relicts in C highlands).
  • N. b. monticola Salomonsen, 1934 – Ankaratra Mts, in C Madagascar.
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm; 7–14 g. A small grey-brown warbler-like bird with plain face and conspicuous pale eye. Nominate race has top of head and upperparts cold greyish-brown; sides of... read more


    Song, from perch, a rattling “kitrikitrikitrikitrik” 2–3 seconds in duration; calls include... read more


    Shrub layer, lower canopy and canopy of all native Madagascar forest types; inhabits E humid... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small invertebrates, including spiders (Araneae), blattids, beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera, including homopterans), flies (Diptera... read more


    Apparently breeds Jul–Mar; individuals in spiny forest in SE Madagascar appeared to reach breeding condition in Dec- Jan, much later... read more


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Very common in native forest throughout Madagascar, where one of commonest forest birds. Is, however, strictly limited to indigenous forest and is... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hawkins, F. & Pearson, D. (2018). Common Newtonia (Newtonia brunneicauda). 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 13 November 2018).