Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Barred Cuckooshrike (Coracina lineata)


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

Ceblepyris lineata


, 1825,

Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia


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


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


    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


    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


    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. (2020). 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 on 28 February 2020).