Nuthatch-Vanga Hypositta corallirostris

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


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Systematics History

Early authors classified Hypositta as a member of Sittidae (nuthatches) (e.g., 6, 7), or in a separate family, Hyposittidae, believed to be related to nuthatches or to Certhiidae (treecreepers) (8). Based primarily on skeletal characters, especially features of the skull, Dorst (9) suggested instead that Hypositta was a vanga, and this classification soon was widely adopted. See also Related Species.

Geographic Variation

None reported.



Related Species

Phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequence data confirms that Hypositta is a vangid (10), and that its position within the Malagasy vangid radiation is relatively basal (11, 12).


Described as Hypherpes corallirostris (A. Newton 1863) (13: page 85); type locality Chasmanna, Madagascar (14: page 342) [exact coordinates not known, but described as "not far upstream from mouth of Hivondrona River, now Ivondro, just to south of Tamatave"; 15].

The name Hypherpes A. Newton 1863 is preoccupied by Hypherpes Eschsholtz 1838 (Coleoptera) and was replaced by Hypositta A. Newton 1881 (16: page 438).

Peters (17) described a second species of Hypositta, Hypositta perdita, based on specimens of two juvenile birds from Eminiminy, southeastern Madagascar. Recent genetic analysis of DNA sequence data from the syntype of perdita that both are not Hypositta, but instead are juveniles of White-throated Oxylabes (Oxylabes madagascariensis) (18).

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