Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Red-tailed Vanga (Calicalicus madagascariensis)


French: Calicalic malgache German: Rotschwanzvanga Spanish: Vanga colirrojo

Lanius madagascariensis


, 1766,

Fort Dauphin (Tôlanaro), south-east Madagascar




N, W & E Madagascar.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 14–18·6 g. A small vanga reminiscent of a tit (Paridae). Male has grey forehead to nape, black patch from base of bill extending backwards... read more


In N & E, male sings "per-whew" with falling intonation (sounding like a human wolf-... read more


Native forest of various types, including adjacent second growth; generally absent from sub-arid... read more

Food and feeding

Small and medium-sized insects, including Orthoptera, beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars; also small vertebrates, mainly chameleons (of... read more


Season Oct–Jan in E (Ranomafana). Monogamous. Nest built by both sexes, an open cup made from interwoven leaf stalks reinforced with... read more


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common. The commonest vanga in E Madagascar; fairly common in N of range; more patchily distributed in W. Occurs in several... read more

Recommended citation

Yamagishi, S. & Nakamura, M. (2018). Red-tailed Vanga (Calicalicus madagascariensis). 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 18 December 2018).