Blue Vanga Cyanolanius madagascarinus

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

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Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Vocabulary considered to be somewhat limited.


Vocal Array

Call  (perhaps the song, as it is sometimes given from a treetop) a very characteristic angry hard rattle , tcccccccch, often repeated several or even many times, e.g., chrr-crrk-crrk-crrrrk-crk-crk, similar to the call of Chabert Vanga (Leptopterus chabert) and can be either slower or faster, with the first note usually slightly higher-pitched; also a harsh  teea teea teea or a short, harsh, medium-pitched scheet, which is believed to be given in alarm (1). On the Comoros, C. m. comorensis has a similar vocabulary to that of C. m. madagascarinus, but gives a lower-pitched and harsher craak crkkcrkk, or a ‘coarse frog-like croak’ (23, 24), while the presumed song comprises a grating erch-chhh-crkk-chh-chhh-chhh-crrk, or occasionally a marginally less harsh crew-crew-crew, delivered somewhat haltingly, with the entire sequence lasting 10–30 seconds (1). No information concerning voice of C. m. bensoni (1).

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