Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Endangered

Van Dam's Vanga (Xenopirostris damii)


Taxonomy

French: Vanga de Van Dam German: Van-Dam-Vanga Spanish: Vanga de Van Dam
Taxonomy:

Xenopirostris damii

Schlegel

, 1865,

Ambassuan (Ambasohana), near Ambaro Bay, north-west coast of Madagascar

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

Patchily in N & NW Madagascar (Analamera, Ankazomborona near Ambaro Bay#R, and Bongolava and Ankarafantsika Plateaux).

Descriptive notes

23 cm. A medium-sized vanga with stout, laterally compressed bill. Male has black head, contrasting white throat and broad white collar, broken at rear; upperparts dark grey... read more

Voice

Calls include "tseeang" or "tseeeo" whistle on falling scale, also a loud... read more

Habitat

Primary dry deciduous forest and immediately adjacent vegetation.

Food and feeding

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

Breeding

Season Oct to at least Jan. Monogamous. Territorial. Nest built by both sexes, cup-shaped, consists of dead leaves and covered with spider... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted range species: present in West Malagasy Dry Forests EBA. Locally fairly common. Has tiny global range, and in recent decades recorded at only two... read more

Recommended citation

Yamagishi, S. & Nakamura, M. (2017). Van Dam's Vanga (Xenopirostris damii). 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/60560 on 19 November 2017).