Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Sri Lanka Woodshrike (Tephrodornis affinis)


French: Téphrodorne de Ceylan German: Ceylonvanga Spanish: Ceniciento de Ceilán

Tephrodornis affinis


, 1847,

Sri Lanka


Usually considered conspecific with T. pondicerianus, but split#R accepted here on basis of its shorter tail (effect size for males involving nominate pondicerianus −4.07, score 2); pale vs dark iris in male (3); less pronounced whitish supercilium (1); more pronounced whitish submoustachial stripe (ns[1]); and white vs normally grey or vaguely white-tipped grey or narrowly white rump (1). Claimed vocal differences and supposedly “strong” sexual dimorphism in plumage#R, however, not confirmed by available evidence#R. Monotypic.

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Sri Lanka.

Descriptive notes

12·8–14·2 cm. Compared to formerly conspecific T. pondicerianus, adult has shorter tail, much less obvious supercilium, and is darker, slate-grey, above, with more... read more


Song a sweet, loud series of “fit-fwít-fwít-fwít-fwéét-fwéét” notes, at a rate of c. 4 notes/second... read more


Inhabits a range of open wooded areas, including clearings and roadsides; mainly in lowlands, but... read more

Food and feeding

No information, although foraging behaviour and diet are presumably similar to those of T. pondicerianus.


Nests mainly in Mar–May; very few other data, but nest and nest-site both appear similar to those of T. pondicerianus based on the... read more


Resident; possibly some seasonal wandering.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common in dry zone of Sri Lanka, but more scarce and local in wet zone of the island. Population believed to be stable.

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Sri Lanka Woodshrike (Tephrodornis affinis). 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 22 November 2017).