Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Cerulean Cuckooshrike (Coracina temminckii)


French: Échenilleur de Temminck German: Temminckraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Temminck

Ceblepyris temminckii

S. Müller

, 1843,

Gorontalo, north Sulawesi


Race rileyi may be indistinguishable from tonkeana. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. t. temminckii (S. Müller, 1843) – N Sulawesi mountains.
  • C. t. rileyi Meise, 1931 – mountains of C & SE Sulawesi.
  • C. t. tonkeana (A. B. Meyer, 1903) – mountains of E Sulawesi.
  • Descriptive notes

    30·5 cm. Distinctive. Male nominate race is almost entirely greyish-azure with cobalt hue, especially on wings and tail; lores and base of forehead blackish with blue... read more


    Vocal, with distinctive and unusual calls which include harsh, nasal upslurred “sssssschu... read more


    Primary forest and tall secondary forest in foothills and mountains, at 100–2200 m, mainly... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food not recorded; presumably insects. Generally moves in small parties of up to eight birds, foraging at middle levels, in subcanopy and... read more


    Nestling recorded in Oct. No other information available.


    Nothing recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sulawesi EBA. Common and widespread in hill and, especially, montane forest in C Sulawesi; apparently uncommon... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Cerulean Cuckooshrike (Coracina temminckii). 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).