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Category:Vangidae - BirdForum Opus

Family: Vangidae


Vangas, Helmetshrikes, and Allies. Several genera from Madagascar, mainland Africa and Asia.
Vangas are a highly diverse family. Size, colour and bill size and shape are so different that it is hard to believe that this species are related at all. Like the Darwin's Finches from Galapagos or the Hawaiian Honeycreepers on Hawaii the Vangas have evolved from a common ancestor into various different forms according to their diet and habits on an isolated island. However, the expanded family now includes also species from mainland Africa and Asia.


Vangidae is a family in the Order Passeriformes.
Formerly this family was only used for species from Madagascar. A recent study however showed that the Vangas are embedded in a larger group. Therefore all species from the former family Prionopidae and several more genera (Hemipus, Megabyas, Bias, Newtonia) and species (Crossley's Vanga, Ward's Flycatcher) are now included in this family.

Family Vangidae viewedit

Genus Prionops viewedit
P. plumatus White Helmetshrike
P. poliolophus Grey-crested Helmetshrike
P. alberti Yellow-crested Helmetshrike
P. caniceps Red-billed Helmetshrike
P. rufiventris Rufous-bellied Helmetshrike
P. retzii Retz's Helmetshrike
P. gabela Gabela Helmetshrike
P. scopifrons Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrike

Genus Megabyas viewedit
M. flammulatus African Shrike-flycatcher

Genus Bias viewedit
B. musicus Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher

Genus Tephrodornis viewedit
T. sylvicola Malabar Woodshrike
T. virgatus Large Woodshrike
T. pondicerianus Common Woodshrike
T. affinis Sri Lanka Woodshrike

Genus Hemipus viewedit
H. picatus Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
H. hirundinaceus Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike

Genus Philentoma viewedit
P. pyrhoptera Rufous-winged Philentoma
P. velata Maroon-breasted Philentoma

Genus Newtonia viewedit
N. archboldi Archbold's Newtonia
N. brunneicauda Common Newtonia
N. amphichroa Dark Newtonia
N. fanovanae Red-tailed Newtonia

Genus Tylas viewedit
T. eduardi Tylas Vanga

Genus Calicalicus viewedit
C. madagascariensis Red-tailed Vanga
C. rufocarpalis Red-shouldered Vanga

Genus Hypositta viewedit
H. corallirostris Nuthatch-Vanga

Genus Leptopterus viewedit
L. chabert Chabert Vanga

Genus Mystacornis viewedit
M. crossleyi Crossley's Vanga

Genus Cyanolanius viewedit
C. comorensis Comoro Blue Vanga
C. madagascarinus Madagascar Blue Vanga

Genus Vanga viewedit
V. curvirostris Hook-billed Vanga

Genus Pseudobias viewedit
P. wardi Ward's Flycatcher

Genus Schetba viewedit
S. rufa Rufous Vanga

Genus Euryceros viewedit
E. prevostii Helmet Vanga

Genus Oriolia viewedit
O. bernieri Bernier's Vanga

Genus Falculea viewedit
F. palliata Sickle-billed Vanga

Genus Artamella viewedit
A. viridis White-headed Vanga

Genus Xenopirostris viewedit
X. polleni Pollen's Vanga
X. xenopirostris Lafresnaye's Vanga
X. damii Van Dam's Vanga


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. 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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