Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Madagascar Blue Vanga (Cyanolanius madagascarinus)


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

Loxia madagascarina


, 1766,

Fort Dauphin (Tôlanaro), south-east Madagascar


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


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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 29 March 2020).