Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Lafresnaye's Vanga (Xenopirostris xenopirostris)


French: Vanga de Lafresnaye German: Schmalschnabelvanga Spanish: Vanga de Lafresnaye

Vanga xenopirostris


, 1850,





SW & S Madagascar from just N of R Mangoky S in subdesert biome to Andohahela National Park.

Descriptive notes

24 cm; 52–63 g. A medium-sized vanga with plumage mostly black and white; bill stout and laterally compressed, with intermandibular gap. Male has black head,... read more


Most frequent vocalizations a highly characteristic loud, whistled "tseeang" or "... read more


Sub-arid thorn-scrub, with strong preference for areas with plentiful dead wood. Sea-level to 100 m.

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), cockroaches (Blattodea), other insects, worms (Oligochaeta); also small vertebrates, e.g.... read more


Few data. Breeding observed in Nov–Dec. Cup-shaped nest of plant matter, reinforced on outside with spider webs, lined with leaf... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in South Malagasy Spiny Forests EBA. Not common within its relatively small range.

Recommended citation

Yamagishi, S. & Nakamura, M. (2019). Lafresnaye's Vanga (Xenopirostris xenopirostris). 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 25 June 2019).