Nuthatch-Vanga Hypositta corallirostris

Satoshi Yamagishi, Masahiko Nakamura, David Christie, and Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 2.0 — Published July 16, 2020

Diet and Foraging

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Main Foods Taken

Nuthatch-Vanga is insectivorous , but its diet is not known any detail.

Food Capture and Consumption

The distinctive foraging behavior of Nuthatch-Vanga was noticed by some of the earliest naturalists to visit Madagascar (14, 6). It forages while clinging to the trunk of a tree , ascending the trunk and gleaning prey from the surface (20, 25, 26); less frequently it also forages on larger limbs (20). It usually forages in the mid-story, ascending a trunk, then flying to another tree and beginning to climb again; it does not descend trunks, as do true nuthatches (Sittidae) (20). Occasionally sallies after a flying insect, presumbably one flushed from the bark of a tree (27).


Major Food Items

The contents of the stomach of one specimen were Araneae (spiders: Salticidae, undetermined), Coleoptera (beetles: Curculionidae, Scarabaeidae, undetermined), Dermaptera (earwigs), Homoptera, and Orthoptera (grasshoppers and crickets) (28).

Recommended Citation

Yamagishi, S., M. Nakamura, D. A. Christie, and T. S. Schulenberg (2020). Nuthatch-Vanga (Hypositta corallirostris), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.nuthat2.02