Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Nuthatch Vanga (Hypositta corallirostris)


French: Hypositte malgache German: Kleibervanga Spanish: Vanga trepador

Hypherpes corallirostris

A. Newton

, 1863,

Chasmanna, east Madagascar


Two specimens (originating from SE Madagascar) found in museum drawer in 1996 were described as a new species, “H. perdita”, but recent genetic analysis indicates that both are fledglings of White-throated Oxylabes (Oxylabes madagascariensis)#R. Monotypic.


N & E Madagascar S to Tôlanaro.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 13·5–15·5 g. A small, highly distinctive vanga; claw of first toe elongated (20 mm). Male has black lower forehead, lores and chin; rest... read more


A sequence of quiet hissing or squeaking notes, including "tsee see see", and quiet trill... read more


Undisturbed evergreen humid forest; recorded from sea-level to 1800 m, mainly below 1000 m.

Food and feeding

Small invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), cockroaches (Blattodea), other insects, worms (Oligochaeta); also small vertebrates.... read more


Nest found in Oct, and season probably from Aug–Sept. Nest a cup made from live and dead mosses, attached to main trunk of tree. No... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in East Malagasy Wet Forests EBA. Fairly common in N part of range; rather rare in S. Locally common in several... read more

Recommended citation

Yamagishi, S., Nakamura, M. & Christie, D.A. (2018). Nuthatch Vanga (Hypositta corallirostris). 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 19 December 2018).