Big black-and-white vanga with a strong hooked bill. Madagascar endemic that uses all types of forest, and some plantations and scrub. Seen mostly in the mid-story, singly or in pairs. A serious predator that will grab just about any other animal that it can manage to swallow. Perhaps for that reason, doesn’t often join mixed flocks, and is often mobbed by smaller birds. Song is a long, ghostly whistle. Distinctive pattern, particularly black-and-white wing markings, unlike any other vanga.