Blue Vanga Cyanolanius madagascarinus

Guy M. Kirwan, Satoshi Yamagishi, Josep del Hoyo, Nigel Collar, and Masahiko Nakamura
Version: 1.0 — Published March 4, 2020


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Juvenile Blue Vanga.

Lores to cheek and ear-coverts dark brown, mottled buff. Upperparts dark greenish olive. Tail as adult female, but blue-green pattern duller. Remiges dark brown with edges of upperwing coverts dull bluish green. Throat dirty white, grading into olive-buff breast and rear underparts, becoming darker on undertail coverts.

Adult male Blue Vanga.

Forehead to hindneck, reaching down to upper cheek, ear-coverts and upper neck, shiny cobalt-blue. Mantle and scapulars to uppertail coverts paler shiny blue. Broad band through lores to front of eye and narrowly around base of mandible.

Adult male Blue Vanga.

Underparts entirely white. Underside to greater primary-coverts black. Tail black.

Adult male Blue Vanga.

Flight feathers black, primaries narrowly fringed bright blue, secondaries more broadly edged the same color, tertials black with blue outer webs, alula black, primary- and greater coverts blackish, also edged blue; median and lesser coverts blue.

Adult female Blue Vanga.

Forehead to nape and rear ear-coverts shiny cobalt-blue, becoming turquoise on hindneck. Mantle, scapulars, and back are paler, dull bluish green, then bluer again on rump and uppertail coverts. Remiges also blackish brown, but the edges of the flight feathers and the outer webs of the tertials are greenish blue; and the median and lesser coverts, and the fringes to the primary- and greater coverts are greenish blue. reast also washed warm buff, suffused grayish on the sides, and lower underparts deeper cinnamon-buff.

Adult female Blue Vanga.

Lores sooty black, grayer around and below eye, and on fore ear-coverts. Upper chin sooty black, with white lower chin and throat, both tinged warm buff.

Example of Blue Vanga habitat in Madagascar.
Blue Vanga foraging.
Blue Vanga with prey item.
Blue Vanga with twig.

Recommended Citation

Kirwan, G. M., S. Yamagishi, J. del Hoyo, N. Collar, and M. Nakamura (2020). Blue Vanga (Cyanolanius madagascarinus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, B. K. Keeney, P. G. Rodewald, and T. S. Schulenberg, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.bluvan1.01