Red-tailed Vanga Calicalicus madagascariensis
Female Red-tailed Vanga, Ranomafana, Madagascar, November 2016 - click for larger image

Ranomafana, Madagascar
November 2016

The Red-tailed Vanga is endemic to Madagascar where it is distributed in the west, north and east of the island. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in native forest from sea-level up to about 2,000 metres.

It is a small vanga looking a bit like a tit. This photo is of a female showing its conspicuous pale eye-ring, pale buffy breast band, white underparts and reddish tail. The male is more boldly marked with a black eye-stripe, black throat, white cheek and rufous wing coverts.

It feeds in insects and small vertebrates such as chameleons.

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