Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Near Threatened

Pollen's Vanga (Xenopirostris polleni)


French: Vanga de Pollen German: Pollenvanga Spanish: Vanga de Pollen

Vanga polleni


, 1868,

north-west coast of Madagascar




E Madagascar (not recorded in NW since type material collected).

Descriptive notes

24 cm; 61·5–65 g. A medium-sized vanga with stout, laterally compressed bill. Male has black head and throat, white side of neck; upperparts, including upperwing... read more


Wide variety of calls, including characteristic loud descending "tseeang" or "tseeeo... read more


Primary evergreen humid forest; sea-level to c. 2000 m.

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), cockroaches (Blattodea), other insects and larvae, worms (Oligochaeta); also small... read more


Few data. Breeding observed in Sept–Dec; nestlings in Sept at Ranomafana. Cup-shaped nest made from leaves and grass blades, usually... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted range species: present in East Malagasy Wet Forests EBA. Locally not uncommon to scarce, and rather... read more

Recommended citation

Yamagishi, S. & Nakamura, M. (2018). Pollen's Vanga (Xenopirostris polleni). 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 15 November 2018).