Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Boyer's Cuckooshrike (Coracina boyeri)


French: Échenilleur de Boyer German: Rostachsel-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Boyer

Campephaga Boyeri

G. R. Gray

, 1846,

Triton Bay, New Guinea


Race subalaris distinctive, owing to the pale grey lores in the female (3), its duller head (1) and stronger shade of rufous on the underwing (1), but dependable evidence on voice is lacking. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. b. boyeri (G. R. Gray, 1846) – White-lored Cuckooshrike – West Papuan Is (Salawati, Misool), and NW & N New Guinea E, including Yapen I, to Collingwood Bay.
  • C. b. subalaris (Sharpe, 1878) – Grey-lored Cuckooshrike – S & SE New Guinea (E to Milne Bay).
  • Descriptive notes

    22 cm; 61–74 g. Male nominate race has crown, nape, side of face and neck bright blue-grey, lores to eye, chin and upper throat black; upperparts and lesser upperwing-... read more


    Two or three hard notes followed by sweet, downslurred whistle, “tuk-tuk see-yu”, apparently a duet... read more


    Forest, forest edge, tall secondary growth, partly cleared areas and, locally, mangrove forest.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats mainly fruit, especially figs (Ficus), but also takes insects. Moves in small parties, flying between trees with bouncing... read more


    Recorded in Oct; recently fledged young recorded in Dec–Jan indicate breeding in period from late dry season to early wet season. One... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Very common; the commonest forest cuckoo-shrike in New Guinea. Estimated density in lowland rainforest 10 birds/10 ha.

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Boyer's Cuckooshrike (Coracina boyeri). 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 17 February 2020).