Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Hook-billed Vanga (Vanga curvirostris)


French: Vanga écorcheur German: Hakenschnabelvanga Spanish: Vanga picudo

Lanius curvirostris


, 1766,

Fort Dauphin (Tôlanaro), south-east Madagascar


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • V. c. curvirostris (Linnaeus, 1766) – N, W & E Madagascar.
  • V. c. cetera Bangs, 1928 – S Madagascar.
  • Descriptive notes

    25–29 cm; 53·5–80·5 g. A medium-sized vanga with long hook-tipped bill, legs long and sturdy. Nominate race has area from eye and central crown back... read more


    Song a very penetrating, high-pitched whistle, "te-ew", c. 2 seconds in duration,... read more


    Various original forest types, dense scrub, degraded and primary forests, areas around villages,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Large insects; also small vertebrates, including medium-sized chameleons (Chamaeleonidae), frogs, small birds, bird eggs, and even young... read more


    Season Oct–Jan in NW (Ampijoroa). Monogamous. Nest built by two individuals (presumed male and female), a bulky cup-shaped structure... read more


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Nominate race rather thinly scattered in evergreen humid forest and degraded areas and plantations in lowlands and is more common in W. S race ... read more

    Recommended citation

    Yamagishi, S. & Nakamura, M. (2020). Hook-billed Vanga (Vanga curvirostris). 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 3 April 2020).