Definition of vanga in English:

vanga

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Pronunciation: /ˈvaŋgə
 
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(also vanga shrike)

noun

  • A shrike-like songbird found in Madagascar.
    • Family Vangidae: several genera and species
    More example sentences
    • This species, like all vangas is endemic to Madagascar, where it is found only in the northeast.
    • Traditionally, vangas were considered to be an endemic family to Madagascar, with just 14 species.
    • We'll see endemic birds like vangas of many types, couas, asitys, weavers, jerys, sunbirds, and Blue Pigeons.

Origin

mid 19th century: modern Latin (genus name), from Latin, literally 'mattock' (because of the shape of the bill).

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