Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Red-tailed Vanga (Calicalicus madagascariensis)


Taxonomy

French: Calicalic malgache German: Rotschwanzvanga Spanish: Vanga colirrojo
Taxonomy:

Lanius madagascariensis

Linnaeus

, 1766,

Fort Dauphin (Tôlanaro), south-east Madagascar

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2017). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60555 on 19 November 2017).