Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Madagascar Blue Vanga (Cyanolanius madagascarinus)


Taxonomy

French: Artamie azurée German: Blauvanga Spanish: Vanga azul de Madagascar
Taxonomy:

Loxia madagascarina

Linnaeus

, 1766,

Fort Dauphin (Tôlanaro), south-east Madagascar

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Until recently treated as conspecific with C. comorensis (see above). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Madagascar (except C & S).

Descriptive notes

16–19 cm; 19·5–25·5 g. A small and, within its range, highly distinctive vanga. Male has crown, nape, cheeks, ear-coverts and upperparts, including... read more

Voice

Call (perhaps the song, as is sometimes given from treetop) a very characteristic angry hard rattle... read more

Habitat

Inhabits midstorey and canopy of deciduous dry forest in W and evergreen humid forest in E, also... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera) and Orthoptera, also caterpillars; occasionally berries. Forages in middle and upper levels of... read more

Breeding

Few data, with just one nest the object of detailed description. Nesting observed in Dec in Madagascar, where season probably at least Oct... read more

Movements

Probably mainly sedentary; previously reported as disappearing from broadleaf forest of SW... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly widespread, and common in most of Madagascar, with an estimated density of 20·2 pairs/km² at one site, but appears... read more

Recommended citation

Yamagishi, S., Nakamura, M. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Madagascar Blue Vanga (Cyanolanius madagascarinus). 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/60565 on 24 November 2017).