Bird Families

Blue Painted Wang / Cyanolanius madagascarinus

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Blue painted wang

The blue painted wanga, or the blue painted wanga, is a species of passerine birds of the Wang family, the only one of the genus Cyanolanius.

1. Description

Body length about 15 cm. Males have a bright blue upper body and white belly. In females, the upper side is not so bright.

It feeds on insects and their larvae. These birds often join mixed flocks of insectivorous birds in search of food.

The female lays 3 - 4 eggs in a nest located in the crown of the tree. The breeding biology of the species is poorly understood.

Lives in Madagascar and the Comoros. Found in Madagascar everywhere, except for semi-desert areas.

2. Classification

For June 2018, there are 3 subspecies, which differ in their area, among other things:

  • Cyanolanius madagascarinus comorensis Shelley, 1894 - Mwali island Comoros
  • Cyanolanius madagascarinus Linnaeus, 1766 - Madagascar
  • Cyanolanius madagascarinus bensoni Louette & Herremans, 1982 - Ngazidja Island Comoros

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