French: Newtonie commune German: Rostbauchvanga Spanish: Newtonia común
near Fenerive, Madagascar
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.
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
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
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