French: Échenilleur noir German: Glanzraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero negruzco
Other common names: Blackish Cuckooshrike
See E. anale. Race †alterum extinct. Two extant subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
E. c. coerulescens
(Blyth, 1842) – N Philippines (Luzon, Catanduanes).
E. c. deschauenseei
(duPont, 1972) – Marinduque, in NC Philippines.
E. c. alterum
Wardlaw-Ramsay, 1881 – Cebu, in SC Philippines.
25–26 cm. Male nominate race is entirely purplish-black except for slaty-grey rump; iris dark brown; bill and legs black. Female is all dark ashy grey, paler on rump.... read more
Loud, harsh single “peeeeeuuuu”, sometimes followed by a rapid series of harsh, almost twittering “... read more
Forest and secondary growth, usually below 1000 m.
Food and feeding
Food unrecorded; presumably insects. Occurs in canopy and upper understorey in small groups; sometimes joins mixed-species foraging flocks.
Oviduct egg in Mar on Luzon. No other information.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Luzon EBA and extinct in Cebu EBA. Reckoned to be generally uncommon and local. Cebu race alterum... read more
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