Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Crossley's Vanga (Mystacornis crossleyi)


French: Mystacorne de Crossley German: Weißbartvanga Spanish: Tordina malgache
Other common names: Madagascar Groundhunter

Bernieria Crossleyi

A. Grandidier

, 1870,

Lake Alaotra, Madagascar




NW & E Madagascar.

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 21–28·5 g. Small babbler-like passerine, olive-brown above and greyish below, with proportionately very long, narrow, slightly hook-tipped bill.... read more


Song consists of three parts, a short, high-pitched, swelling “wee wee” (audible at... read more


Primary broadleaf evergreen forest, also logged-over guava (Psidium cattleianum)... read more

Food and feeding

Stomachs of three individuals contained spiders (of family Salticidae), cockroaches (Blattodea), earwigs (Dermaptera), bugs (Hemiptera,... read more


Aug–Nov. Nest, built by male, at least, a shallow cup or platform of largish twigs, sometimes fine black rootlets, lined with root-... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common throughout habitat, but patchily distributed; rarer in SE and at lower elevations. Present and fairly common... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2018). Crossley's Vanga (Mystacornis crossleyi). 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 19 December 2018).