Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Rufous Vanga (Schetba rufa)


French: Schetbé roux German: Rotvanga Spanish: Vanga rufo

Lanius rufus


, 1766,

Fort Dauphin (Tôlanaro), south-east Madagascar


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. r. occidentalis Delacour, 1931 – W Madagascar.
  • S. r. rufa (Linnaeus, 1766) – N & E Madagascar.
  • Descriptive notes

    20 cm; 30·5–44 g. A medium-sized vanga with strong, broad bill. Male has head down to chest, nape and neck black with blue sheen; upperparts, including upper... read more


    Wide variety of beautiful calls. Possible song a smooth, whistled, rippling trill on descending... read more


    Lowland evergreen humid forest in E and deciduous forest in W, in areas with open understorey and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), cockroaches (Blattodea), other insects, worms (Oligochaeta); also small vertebrates, e.g.... read more


    Season Oct–Jan in NW (Ampijoroa). Co-operative breeder; pair accompanied by helpers (yearling males and males aged two years and over... read more


    Sedentary within territory; location of territories remains the same in successive years.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common. Often very numerous in primary deciduous forest in W; less common and generally more patchy in distribution in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Yamagishi, S. & Nakamura, M. (2018). Rufous Vanga (Schetba rufa). 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).