Family Vangas and allies (Vangidae)

Least Concern

White-headed Vanga (Artamella viridis)


French: Artamelle à tête blanche German: Weißkopfvanga Spanish: Vanga cabeciblanco

Lanius viridis

Statius Müller

, 1776,

Fort Dauphin (Tôlanaro), south-east Madagascar


Races very poorly defined, differing only in bill size; species perhaps better treated as monotypic. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. v. annae (Stejneger, 1879) – W & S Madagascar (S from R Sambirano).
  • A. v. viridis (Statius Müller, 1776) – N & E Madagascar.
  • Descriptive notes

    20 cm; 44–57 g. A medium-sized vanga with stout, conical bill. Male has white head and underparts; upperparts black with green sheen, small white area on rump;... read more


    Male sings from regular songposts a whistling "weety-woo weety-woo weety-woo"; responds... read more


    Found in all native forest types, also in second growth, and sometimes in savanna and wooded areas... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, including spiders (Araneae), caterpillars, grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera); also small vertebrates, e.g. chameleons (... read more


    Recorded in Oct–Jan in NW (Ampijoroa). Sometimes breeds co-operatively; pair occasionally has a helper, apparently a moulting... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread and generally common; possibly less common in S of range. Not reliant on undisturbed forest. Occurs in numerous protected areas throughout... read more

    Recommended citation

    Yamagishi, S. & Nakamura, M. (2017). White-headed Vanga (Artamella viridis). 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 November 2017).