Helmet vanga

Euryceros prevostii

The helmet vanga is a distinctive-looking bird of the vanga family, Vangidae, and is classified in its own genus, ''Euryceros''. It is mainly blue-black, with rufous wings and a huge arched blue bill. It is restricted to lowland and lower montane rainforests of northeastern Madagascar. Its diet is composed of invertebrates, predominantly insects.
Helmet Vanga nesting, Marojejy, Madagascar 3 days earlier we were going up the Marojejy mountain and found this nesting Helmet Vanga at the very foot of the mountain. Coming back down again, it was still here. If you search photos of this species online, you will often see a photo similar to this, so I'm guessing it's a celebrity :) Africa,Euryceros prevostii,Helmet vanga,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Marojejy,World

Appearance

The helmet vanga is a large vanga, the second-largest species of vanga after the sickle-billed vanga. In length it measures 28 to 31 cm , and it weighs 84 to 114 g . The most distinctive feature is the massive hooked bill, which is 51 mm long and 30 mm deep. The plumage of the head, neck, throat, breast and belly is a solid blue-black, as are the primary coverts and remiges of the wing. The mantle, the back, and the rest of the wings are rufous. The tail, which is long and broad, is black below and rufous above. The bill is bright blue with a black tip. Both sexes are alike.
Helmet Vanga on nest, Marojejy, Madagascar Found at the foot of Marojejy, right next to the first path.  Africa,Euryceros prevostii,Geotagged,Helmet vanga,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Marojejy,Spring,World

Distribution

It is restricted to lowland and lower montane rainforests in north-east Madagascar. Sites where it can be found include Marojejy National Park, the Masoala National Park and Mantadia National Park.
Helmet Vanga posing in Masoala - II, Madagascar Another rare moment in the Masoala forest where a Helmet Vanga poses without too many things blocking sight. A noisy shot, so I had to soften it quite a bit. Africa,Euryceros prevostii,Geotagged,Helmet vanga,Madagascar,Madagascar North,Masoala,Spring,World

Behavior

Adults mainly eat large insects, but food items brought to young in the nest may be more varied, including snails, lizards, spiders and crabs.
Helmet Vanga, Masoala, Madagascar Masoala NP is one of the most beautiful, unspoiled primary forests I have ever set foot in. It is abundant in species, yet many hard to spot or photograph. The two key trophies if you're not looking for anything specifically are the Red-ruffed Lemur and the Helmet Vanga. So here is trophy #2: the Helmet Vanga. The entire family of Vanga birds are endemic to Madagascar. Here's a few, a group that will grow once I am done with sharing this year's set:
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Habitat

It is restricted to lowland and lower montane rainforests in north-east Madagascar. Sites where it can be found include Marojejy National Park, the Masoala National Park and Mantadia National Park.
Helmet vanga  Euryceros prevostii,Geotagged,Helmet vanga,Madagascar,Spring

Reproduction

Helmet vangas are mongamous and seasonal breeders. The breeding season runs from October to January on the Masoala Peninsula. Both sexes work on the construction of the nest, which is a cup shape 15 cm in diameter constructed from woven plant fibres, mosses and twigs, and is placed in a fork in a tree 2 to 4 m off the ground. There is one record of courtship feeding by a male before copulation. The clutch size is two or three pinkish white eggs.

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Status: Vulnerable
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyVangidae
GenusEuryceros
SpeciesE. prevostii
Photographed in
Madagascar