Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Vulnerable

Comoro Cuckooshrike (Ceblepyris cucullatus)


Taxonomy

French: Échenilleur des Comores German: Komorenraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de las Comoras
Taxonomy:

Graucalus cucullatus

A. Milne-Edwards and Oustalet

, 1885,

Grand Comoro Island

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Usually considered conspecific with C. cinereus, but differs in its whitish vs grey underparts (2); whitish (nominate) or all-white (moheliensis) chin and throat in female (1); somewhat smaller size, with distinctly shorter wings (published data#R indicate c.10% longer in C. cinereus; allow 2); and different vocalizations#R, main contact call being less explosive and quieter#R (allow 2); also possesses a colour morph (olive above, yellowish below; once considered a species, Coracina sulphurea) never recorded in C. cinereus (ns). Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. c. cucullatus (A. Milne-Edwards & Oustalet, 1885) – Grand Comoro (Ngazidja), in Comoro Is.
  • C. c. moheliensis (Benson, 1960) – Mohéli (Mwali), in Comoro Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    22–24 cm. Compared to formerly conspecific C. cinereus the present species is smaller, darker above, marginally paler on head, dark nuchal collar, almost white... read more

    Voice

    Vocalizations of nominate race considered to be less explosive and quieter than Madagascar C.... read more

    Habitat

    Inhabits evergreen forests, preferring old forest with larger trees, but occasionally visits lowest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet poorly known, but apparently similar to that of C. cinereus (with which present species was formerly treated as conspecific... read more

    Breeding

    Virtually unknown; specimens collected between early Aug and late Sept were not in breeding condition, while a family party has been... read more

    Movements

    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: confined to Comoro Islands EBA, an area of high biological importance but severely threatened. Population believed to be decreasing and... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Comoro Cuckooshrike (Ceblepyris cucullatus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/1343772 on 23 August 2019).