Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)


Black-bibbed Cicadabird (Edolisoma mindanense)


French: Échenilleur à menton noir German: Philippinenraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero filipino
Other common names: Black-bibbed Cuckooshrike

Volvocivora mindanensis


, 1879,

Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippines


See E. ceramense. Subspecies appear to fall into two plumage types, nominate and ripleyi paler grey above in male and pale grey to whitish on belly and rump in female, N races lecroyae and elusum and SW race everetti being much darker grey above in male and slatier all over in female; birds appear to be relatively silent and vocalizations little known; study needed. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. m. lecroyae (Parkes, 1971) – Luzon, in N Philippines.
  • E. m. elusum McGregor, 1905 – Mindoro.
  • E. m. ripleyi (Parkes, 1971) – Samar, Biliran, Leyte and Bohol.
  • E. m. mindanense (Tweeddale, 1879) – Mindanao and Basilan.
  • E. m. everetti Sharpe, 1893 – Sulu Archipelago (Jolo, Lapac, Tawitawi, Bongao), in SW Philippines.
  • Descriptive notes

    23 cm. Male nominate race has forehead, side of face, chin, throat and foreneck black; crown and upperparts, including upperwing-coverts, light slaty blue, lighter on rump... read more


    Insufficient information.


    Forest, secondary growth; mostly at lower elevations, below 1000 m.

    Food and feeding

    Food not recorded; presumably insects. Occurs singly, in small groups or with mixed-species flocks; inconspicuous and quiet, keeping to... read more


    No information.


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Previously considered Near Threatened. Poorly known. Uncommon to rare; possibly overlooked. Considered very rare on Luzon (race lecroyae); was not common... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. & de Juana, E. (2020). Black-bibbed Cicadabird (Edolisoma mindanense). 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 27 February 2020).