Family Tetrakas (Bernieridae)

Least Concern

White-throated Oxylabes (Oxylabes madagascariensis)


French: Oxylabe à gorge blanche German: Weißkehl-Madagaskarsänger Spanish: Silvícola sirontsirona

[Motacilla] madagascariensis

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

east Madagascar


Recent genetic analysis of type material (using toepad or skin samples) of described taxon Hypositta perdita indicates that both specimens (type and paratype), rather than being of a distinct species, are fledglings of present species in a poorly known dull brown plumage#R. Monotypic.


N, NW & E Madagascar (Montagne d’Ambre, and Tsaratanana and Sambirano, S to Andohahela).

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; 18–30 g. A large, stocky, babbler-like warbler with short wings, fairly long and stout bill, and rather long, strong legs. Has top and side of head... read more


Adults sing in duet, one partner giving short loud whistled sequence, “whit-treet tirooet teeoo”,... read more


Understorey of evergreen humid forest, from sea-level to 2000 m, mainly 800–1600 m. May... read more

Food and feeding

Small and medium-sized invertebrates, including spiders (Araneae), beetles (of family Scarabeidae), homopteran bugs, orthopterans. Forages... read more


Season Aug–Dec, often starting earlier than other rainforest birds. Nest cup-shaped, usually built 1–2 m above ground, often in... read more


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in humid E & N Madagascar forests over a wide altitudinal range. Present in all protected forest areas in its range, including Montagne d’... read more

Recommended citation

Hawkins, F., Pearson, D. & Christie, D.A. (2019). White-throated Oxylabes (Oxylabes madagascariensis). 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 20 March 2019).