Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Barred Cuckooshrike (Coracina lineata)


Taxonomy

French: Échenilleur linéolé German: Gelbaugen-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero lineado
Taxonomy:

Ceblepyris lineata

Swainson

, 1825,

Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia

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Generally fairly uniform in appearance, but nominate race and gracilis lack sexual dimorphism, and former appears to be vocally distinct from rest, while male of race maforensis is very darkly barred below, so a more detailed study of plumage characters, morphometrics and voice, combined with genetic analysis, may lead to recognition of one or more further species. Ten subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. l. maforensis (A. B. Meyer, 1874) – Numfor Cuckooshrike – Numfor I, in Geelvink Bay (NW New Guinea).
  • C. l. axillaris (Salvadori, 1876) – West Papuan Is (Waigeo I) and mountains of W, N & SE New Guinea (Vogelkop, Kumawa Mts#R, North Coastal Range and Huon Peninsula; one record from Foja Mts#R); Aru Is.
  • C. l. sublineata (P. L. Sclater, 1879) – Bismarck Archipelago (New Ireland, New Britain, Lolobau).
  • C. l. nigrifrons (Tristram, 1892) – N Solomon Is (Buka, Bougainville, Choiseul, Santa Isabel).
  • C. l. ombriosa (Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1905) – C Solomons (Kolombangara, New Georgia, Rendova and others).
  • C. l. pusilla (E. P. Ramsay, 1879) – Guadalcanal (S Solomons).
  • C. l. malaitae Mayr, 1931 – Malaita (S Solomons).
  • C. l. makirae Mayr, 1935 – Makira (San Cristobal), in SE Solomons.
  • C. l. gracilis Mayr, 1931 – Rennell (extreme S Solomons).
  • C. l. lineata (Swainson, 1825) – Barred Cuckooshrike – NE Australia from E Queensland S to NE New South Wales; one record from Trans-Fly (New Guinea) likely a vagrant of this race#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    22–29 cm; 66–100 g. Male nominate race has head, upperparts and upperwing-coverts uniformly dark blue-grey, narrow black line from lores to eye; greater upperwing... read more

    Voice

    Pleasant ­chatter, “aw-loo-ack, aw-loo-ack, aw-lack, aw-lack”, with tone of toy... read more

    Habitat

    Tropical and subtropical rainforest, eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forest, forest edge and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats mainly fruit, especially Ficus but also Calamus, Terminalia and Alphitonia; also some insects,... read more

    Breeding

    Breeds Oct–Feb in Australia and Oct and Dec in New Guinea; Aug on Bougainville. Both sexes collect nesting material, only one partner... read more

    Movements

    In Australia, nominate race present throughout year in some areas; in others considered locally... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Status in Australia not clear; further fieldwork required. Locally fairly common in Papua New Guinea; widespread and common in the... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2018). Barred Cuckooshrike (Coracina lineata). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57847 on 9 December 2018).