Alternative name: Red-tailed Shrike
- Calicalicus madagascariensis
13 - 14cm. A small Vanga with a tit-like appearance:
- Grey forehead to nape
- Black patch from base of bill extending backwards broadly around eye with narrow white border above
- Grey upperparts with rufous rump and rufous uppertail-coverts
- Rufous median and lesser upperwing-coverts
- Rufous tail
- White cheek and ear-coverts
- Black chin and throat
- Black eye
- White underparts
- Duller grey forehead to nape
- Off-white eyering
- Olive-brown upperparts
- Brick-red rump and uppertail-coverts
- Red tail with dark brown inner webs
- Buffy lower ear-coverts, cheek and side of neck
- Whitish throat with broad buffy breastband
- Whitish belly
Juveniles are similar to females.
 Similar species
See Red-shouldered Vanga for differences.
Endemic to north, west and east Madagascar.
Common to fairly common.
A monotypic species.
Various types of native forest, adjacent second growth. Occurs from sea-level up to 2000m.
Feeds on insects (beetles, capterpillars, Orthoptera) and small vertebrates (chameleons).
During breeding season in pairs, outside in small groups or in mixed-species flocks with Common Jery, Stripe-throated Jery, Sakalava Weaver, other Vangas, Crested Drongo or Madagascar Cuckoo-shrike.
Breeding season from October to January. A monogamous species. The nest is an open cup made of leaf stalks and spider webs. It's placed high above the ground in a tree fork. Lays 2 eggs.
Probably a sedentary species.
- Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507
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