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Books about Vangas

This page lists books that are totally or partially about Vangas. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Vangidae

There are about 20 species of vangas which are found in Madagascar and the Comoros.


Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands: Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion, Rodrigues, Seychelles and the Comoros

Ian Sinclair and Olivier Langrand

Illustrations: Norman Arlott, Hilary Burn, Peter Hayman, Ian Lewington

Struik / New Holland

2nd edition


"irds of the Indian Ocean Islands is a comprehensive guide to the bird life of Madagascar, the Seychelles, the Comoros, and the Mascarenes – an area that boasts high levels of endemism. This new, expanded edition is fully updated to reflect taxonomic changes, and now describes and illustrates 502 species. The species accounts cover the birds' appearance, basic behaviour, preferred habitats, geographical distribution and IUCN threat status. The text is complemented by newly designed plates with labels pinpointing key differentiating features. The introduction includes maps for each island, lists the region's 211 endemic species, and gives pointers on where to go bird-watching."

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The Birds of Africa, Volume VIII: The Malagasy Region

Editors: Roger Safford, Frank Hawkins

Illustrations: John Gale, Brian Small

Christopher Helm


"The Birds of Africa series, volumes I–VII, covered the avifauna of continental Africa. This volume fulfils the aspiration, expressed in that series, of a single volume that treats the birds of Madagascar, Seychelles, the Comoros, the Mascarenes and their associated smaller outlying islands – the Malagasy region. It follows The Birds of Africa series in treating each of the 352 regularly occurring species known from the region in detail, through the assembly of a wealth of information, much of it very recent. Distribution, description, identification, general behaviour, feeding and breeding habits are comprehensively covered, by a roster of the key experts on the birds of the region. All 135 vagrant species are also treated, more briefly, and for the first time the distribution of species across the region is presented in a series of detailed and informative maps. Each species is also extensively illustrated, showing variation in plumage across ages, sexes and geographic regions. One plate illustrates species that have recently become extinct in the region, and a separate plate section covers vagrants."

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Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 14: Bush-Shrikes to Old World Sparrows

Edited by Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and David Christie

Lynx Edicions


893 pages, 50 colour plates, 500 colour photos, 484 distribution maps.

This volume covers bushshrikes, helmetshrikes, vangas, drongos, wattlebirds, mud-builders, white-winged chough and apostlebird, woodswallows, bornean bristlehead, butcherbirds, birds-of-paradise, bowerbirds, crows, starlings, old world sparrows.

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Social Organization of the Rufous Vanga

The Ecology Of Vangas - Birds Endemic To Madagascar

Editor: Satoshi Yamagishi

Trans Pacific Press


"For several decades, Yamagishi and his associates have studied the ecological and social behaviour of the rufous vanga, a unique species of bird in Madagascar. In this volume the team summarizes the findings of its long-term research, with specific observations about cooperative breeding, sex ratio manipulation, foraging and helper behavior. The authors demonstrate the implications of the study for theories of evolution, genetic inheritance and group formation."

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Last updated December 2013