Vangas (Vangidae)

Nuthatch Vanga (Hypositta corallirostris) - HBW 14, p. 169

French: Hypositte malgache German: Korallenschnabelvanga Spanish: Vanga Trepador
Other common names: Coralbill, Coral-billed Nuthatch (Vanga), Madagascar Nuthatch; Bluntschli's Vanga ("perdita")

Taxonomy: Hypherpes corallirostris A. Newton, 1863, Chasmanna, east Madagascar.
Has in the past sometimes been placed in a separate, monotypic family, Hyposittidae, or in tit family (Paridae), but certain morphological and anatomical features indicate that inclusion in present family more appropriate. Two juvenile specimens found in 1996 in museum drawer in Germany, and originating from primary forest near Eminiminy (N of Tôlanaro), in SE Madagascar, are plain olive-brown with blackish forehead, and similar to present species in size and loose plumage structure, but with much longer tarsus and significantly shorter toes; described as a new species, "H. perdita.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Hypherpes corallirostris A. Newton, 1863, Chasmanna, east Madagascar.
Has in the past sometimes been placed in a separate, monotypic family, Hyposittidae, or in tit family (Paridae), but certain morphological and anatomical features indicate that inclusion in present family more appropriate. Two juvenile specimens found in 1996 in museum drawer in Germany, and originating from primary forest near Eminiminy (N of Tôlanaro), in SE Madagascar, are plain olive-brown with blackish forehead, and similar to present species in size and loose plumage structure, but with much longer tarsus and significantly shorter toes; described as a new species, "H. perdita", but could be aberrant examples of present species or some other species, although no further individuals seen and impossible to assess whether they do represent a valid taxon (different species, or race). Monotypic.

Distribution: N & E Madagascar S to Tôlanaro.

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