Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)


Red-shouldered Vanga (Calicalicus rufocarpalis)


French: Calicalic à épaulettes German: Rotschultervanga Spanish: Vanga hombrorrojo

Calicalicus rufocarpalis

Goodman et al.

, 1997,

Tuléar [= Toliara], Toliara Province, south-west Madagascar


Collected in 1948, but only fairly recently described as a separate species#R. Monotypic.


Toliara area and Mahafaly Plateau S to Lintsa#R, in SW Madagascar.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 15–17·4 g. A small vanga reminiscent of a tit (Paridae). Male has black lores and thin black line from upper eye to above bill, bordered above by... read more


Alarm or contact call a peevish "karr-trkkk", first note like that of a sunbird (... read more


Little known. Sub-arid thorn-scrub at c. 100 m.

Food and feeding

Small invertebrates. Forages usually in dense low bushes 2–3 m tall. Principal techniques are gleaning and sally-gleaning. Often in... read more


Fledgling recorded in Jan. No information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted range species: present in South Malagasy Spiny Forests EBA. Has tiny global range and appears to have a very small population. Known only from a small... read more

Recommended citation

Yamagishi, S., Nakamura, M. & Bonan, A. (2019). Red-shouldered Vanga (Calicalicus rufocarpalis). 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 17 February 2019).