Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Blue Cuckooshrike (Cyanograucalus azureus)


French: Échenilleur bleu German: Azurraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero azulado

Graucalus azureus


, 1852,

Sierra Leone




Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E, discontinuously, to S Ghana and (rare) W Togo, S Nigeria and SW Cameroon, S to Gabon, SW Congo (Mayombe) and adjacent NW Angola (Cabinda); also SW Central African Republic and N, E & C DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

21 cm; 43–51 g. Distinctive. Male is entirely brilliant glossy blue, except for black forehead, preorbital region and band above eye, bluish-black chin, ultramarine... read more


Relatively vocal. Calls include a hoarse, nasal “chwee-ep” or “chuee”, short “chupr” and a series... read more


Lowland primary forest and mature secondary forest; also open woodland and sometimes clearings;... read more

Food and feeding

Eats mainly caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera); also termite alates (Isoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), snails (... read more


Mainly Nov–Mar, when rainfall relatively low; breeding activity in Jan and Mar in Liberia, Feb and May in Ghana, Feb in Nigeria and... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon in some areas. Was locally frequent to common in some parts of range in 1980s, when estimated density in NE Gabon was 5–7... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Blue Cuckooshrike (Cyanograucalus azureus). 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).