Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

Tylas Vanga (Tylas eduardi)


French: Tylas à tête noire German: Bülbülvanga Spanish: Vanga cabecinegro

Tylas eduardi


, 1862,

Analamazaotra, eastern Madagascar


W race albigularis, differing from nominate in plumage and reputedly in voice (but no dramatic vocal differences known), sometimes thought to represent a separate species, but a few individuals of each race exhibit characters typical of the other; moreover, in highlands, e.g. at Ambohitantely, both plumage types (white-throated and black-throated) occur; further study required#R. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. e. albigularis Hartlaub, 1877 – White-throated Vanga – very locally in W Madagascar.
  • T. e. eduardi Hartlaub, 1862 – Eduard's Vanga – E Madagascar (Andapa area S to Tôlanaro).
  • Descriptive notes

    20–21 cm; 35·5–54 g. A medium-sized vanga with rather slender silhouette. Nominate male has black head to nape and throat (rarely, only a black cap), green... read more


    Song "weeta weet yew ew". A highly characteristic series of "tu-too whirrit",... read more


    In E range, nominate race frequents primary rainforest, occasionally adjacent second growth, from... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, including butterflies and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), dragonflies (Odonata), horseflies and other Diptera, grasshoppers (... read more


    Season Oct–Jan in E of range (Ranomafana); possibly Aug–Sept in W. Monogamous; breeds as simple pair. Male defends territory.... read more


    Probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Nominate race is common to fairly common in most of range. Very poorly known race albigularis is rare and very local; recorded at a number... read more

    Recommended citation

    Yamagishi, S. & Nakamura, M. (2018). Tylas Vanga (Tylas eduardi). 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 12 December 2018).