Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Sickle-billed Vanga (Falculea palliata)


French: Falculie mantelée German: Sichelschnabelvanga Spanish: Vanga piquicurvo

Falculea palliata

I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire

, 1836,





N, W & S Madagascar.

Descriptive notes

32 cm; 106–119 g. Distinctive; the largest vanga, and with exceptionally long (to 70 mm), strongly decurved bill and sturdy legs. Has white head, neck, chin and throat... read more


Various loud screeching, crying and chortling sounds, given by group-members in unison,... read more


Dry deciduous forest and thorn-forest; also savanna, even if sparsely wooded, and wooded areas... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, including spiders (Araneae), cockroaches (Blattodea), crickets and grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), other... read more


Season Oct–Jan in NW (Ampijoroa). Polyandrous: more than two males copulate with one female, and all males (and female) feed young;... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common in most of range, especially in W & S. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Ankarafantsika National Park (Ampijoroa),... read more

Recommended citation

Yamagishi, S. & Nakamura, M. (2020). Sickle-billed Vanga (Falculea palliata). 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 9 April 2020).