Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)


Helmet Vanga (Euryceros prevostii)


French: Eurycère de Prévost German: Helmvanga Spanish: Vanga de casco

Euryceros prevostii


, 1831,

“East Indies”




NE Madagascar (from Marojejy region S to Tsaratanana and Mantadia).

Descriptive notes

28–31 cm; 84–114 g. Highly distinctive large vanga with massive hooked bill (51 mm long, 30 mm deep) and rather long, broad tail. Head, alula, primary-coverts and... read more


Song, given early in morning, often before sunrise, a series of c. 8 soft whistled “tree... read more


Evergreen humid forest in lowlands and lower middle altitudes; observed at 200–1800 m, but... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including cockroaches (Blattodea), butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), crickets and katydids (Orthoptera) and beetles (Coleoptera... read more


Season Oct–Jan in Masoala Peninsula. Monogamous. Cup-shaped nest 15 cm in ­diameter, made from mosses and woven plant fibres and... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in East Malagasy Wet Forests EBA. Uncommon, with patchy distribution; appears to be relatively common in Masoala Peninsula... read more

Recommended citation

Yamagishi, S. & Nakamura, M. (2020). Helmet Vanga (Euryceros prevostii). 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 9 April 2020).