Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Hook-billed Vanga (Vanga curvirostris)


Taxonomy

French: Vanga écorcheur German: Hakenschnabelvanga Spanish: Vanga picudo
Taxonomy:

Lanius curvirostris

Linnaeus

, 1766,

Fort Dauphin (Tôlanaro), south-east Madagascar

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

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

    Movements

    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. (2017). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60557 on 19 November 2017).