Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)


Comoro Cuckooshrike (Ceblepyris cucullatus)


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

Graucalus cucullatus

A. Milne-Edwards and Oustalet

, 1885,

Grand Comoro Island


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


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


    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


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


    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. (2020). 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 on 17 February 2020).