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Sexes similar. Juveniles are dark brown above with broad white spots on back and wing, their face is black and white.
Patchily distributed in Africa south of th Sahara.
Three subspecies recognized:
Woodlands, lowlands, and riverine forests. A characteristic bird or rich miombo woodland.
Feeds on insects, mainly hairy caterpillars.
A brood parasitic; hosts are Helmetshrikes (Prionops), mainly Red-billed Helmetshrike. Hosts in Madagascar are unknown, but Chabert Vanga is suspected.
A sedentary species with some local seasonal movements.
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