Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Dark Newtonia (Newtonia amphichroa)


French: Newtonie sombre German: Olivbauchvanga Spanish: Newtonia oscura

Newtonia amphichroa


, 1891,

“interior meridionalis”, Madagascar


Birds from NE Madagascar described as a new species, “Newtonia olivacea”, but this is merely a junior synonym of N. amphichroa. Monotypic.


E Madagascar from Montagne d’Ambre S to Andohahela.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 9–18 g. A fairly small, rather long-legged olive-brown warbler-like bird of forest understorey. Has top and side of head and upperparts rather dark olive-brown,... read more


Song, from bushes close to ground, a loud rolling warbled phrase 3–5 seconds long, “... read more


Dense understorey of primary or degraded evergreen humid forest, between 400 m and 2300 m. Absent... read more

Food and feeding

Small invertebrates, including spiders (Araneae), beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Hymenoptera), homopteran bugs and orthopterans. Forages near... read more


Breeds Nov, probably also Aug–Oct; fledged juveniles seen Nov–Mar. Nest a deep cup hidden in low vegetation, but very few data... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Frequent in middle-altitude and montane forests of E Madagascar. Present in all E rainforest reserves, but scarce in lowland forest where the... read more

Recommended citation

Hawkins, F. & Pearson, D. (2018). Dark Newtonia (Newtonia amphichroa). 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 18 November 2018).