Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Bar-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina striata)


French: Échenilleur barré German: Bindenraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero barrado

Corvus striatus


, 1783,

New Guinea; error = Luzon, Philippines


Commonly considered to include C. dobsoni, and hitherto always C. panayensis. Races rather variable in plumage and size, and some, e.g. the strikingly large guillemardi and the notably isolated vordermani (both of which may be threatened owing to habitat loss), may in future be treated as full species. Some authors#R consider Sundaic forms (including difficilis) to represent a separate species, distinct from Philippine taxa, but vocal analysis suggests differences between Philippine and Greater Sunda taxa not strong, although voice of kochii appears relatively distinctive. Race †cebuensis extinct. Thirteen extant subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. s. sumatrensis (S. Müller, 1843) – extreme S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia (including Tioman I), Sumatra (including Mentawai Is), Riau Archipelago, and Borneo and islands.
  • C. s. simalurensis (Richmond, 1903) – Simeulue I, off W Sumatra.
  • C. s. babiensis (Richmond, 1903) – Babi I, off W Sumatra.
  • C. s. kannegieteri (Büttikofer, 1896) – Nias I, off W Sumatra.
  • C. s. enganensis (Salvadori, 1892) – Enggano I, off W Sumatra.
  • C. s. bungurensis (E. J. O. Hartert, 1894) – Anamba Is and N Natuna Is.
  • C. s. vordermani (E. J. O. Hartert, 1901) – Kangean Is.
  • C. s. striata (Boddaert, 1783) – N Philippines (Luzon, Polillo, Lubang, Marinduque, Catanduanes).
  • C. s. difficilis (E. J. O. Hartert, 1895) – W Philippines (Busuanga, Culion, Palawan and Balabac).
  • C. s. mindorensis (Steere, 1890) – WC Philippines (Mindoro, Libagao, Tablas).
  • C. s. boholensis Rand & Rabor, 1959 – EC Philippines (Samar, Calicoan, Biliran, Leyte, Bohol, Panaon).
  • C. s. cebuensis (Ogilvie-Grant, 1896) – Cebu, in C Philippines.
  • C. s. kochii (Kutter, 1882) – S Philippines (Nipa, Mindanao, Malamaui, Basilan).
  • C. s. guillemardi (Salvadori, 1886) – Sulu Archipelago (Jolo, Lapac, Tawitawi, Sanga-Sanga, Bongao, Simunul, Sibutu).
  • Descriptive notes

    24–32 cm; 98·2–128 g. Male nominate race is entirely dark plumbeous grey except for black lores and eyering, and largely black wings and tail; underparts,... read more


    Noisy; has loud, harsh “klee kleep” of 2–4 notes, usually given in flight (... read more


    Forest, freshwater swamp-forest, second growth and scrub, including regenerating forests; also back... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats adult and larval insects, including mantids (Mantidae), dragonflies (Odonata), beetles (Coleoptera) and lepidopterans (including hairy... read more


    Recorded in Apr–May, with dependent fledglings late Aug, in Malaysia; Feb on Sumatra; Apr–May in Philippines; in breeding... read more


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to uncommon or rare. Numbers probably reduced throughout its range by destruction of lowland forest. Apparently common... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Bar-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina striata). 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 22 January 2020).