Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Near Threatened

Andaman Cuckooshrike (Coracina dobsoni)


French: Échenilleur des Andaman German: Andamanenraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de las Andamán

Graucalus Dobsoni


, 1872,

Port Blair, Andaman Islands


Commonly considered conspecific with C. striata, but separation#R increasingly accepted; differs from all races of C. striata except guillemardi (plus C. panayensis, here split from C. striata) in its red eye (3); much narrower barring below (2); longer, stronger black mask (fully covering ear-coverts) (2); longer tail, by at least 10 mm (allow 2); and reportedly distinctive voice#R. Differs from form guillemardi (iris colour of which is unrecorded) in its barred vs plain belly in male (3); barred vs plain underparts in female (3); considerably smaller size (bill, wing and tail of three male guillemardi much longer; allow 2); and reportedly distinctive voice#R. Monotypic.


Andaman Is.

Descriptive notes

23·5–25 cm. Male has grey throat and upper breast, strong black barring on white belly and vent; relatively long grey tail, without white tips; red iris; female has entirely... read more


Song reported to be short and pleasant-sounding, but no further details. Very loud, piercing... read more


Forested habitats, especially evergreen forest, usually in tall trees.

Food and feeding

Diet unrecorded, but presumably similar to that of C. striata. Usually recorded in pairs, but regularly joins mixed-species flocks. read more


Nothing known.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: confined to the Andaman Islands EBA. Recent records are apparently restricted to S... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Andaman Cuckooshrike (Coracina dobsoni). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 28 February 2020).