Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Geelvink Cicadabird (Edolisoma meyerii)


Taxonomy

French: Échenilleur de Geelvink German: Geelvink-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Geelvink
Taxonomy:

Edoliosoma [sic] meyerii

Salvadori

, 1878,

Biak Island

.

Hitherto treated as conspecific with E. tenuirostre, but differs from adjacent taxon, muellerii, in that complex (here split from HBW arrangement into nine species) in its (in both sexes) different-coloured wingpanel (ns[2]); (in male) darker grey plumage (ns[1]); (in female) rufous vs creamy-buff underparts (3); dispersed small dark spots vs relatively dense dark barring on underparts (2); much stronger blue-grey crown (2); more rufous-tinged upperparts (ns[1]); larger bill (allow 1); and shorter wing (allow 2). Differs from E. obiense in its larger size (at least 2); (in male) slightly darker grey (ns[1]); (in female) spotting on breast sides (2); more extensive grey crown (ns[1]); grey-tinged olive-brown vs chestnut-rufous mantle to uppertail (3); and rufous-edged dull grey-brown vs rufous undertail (2). Differs from E. grayi in its larger size (at least 2); (in male) slightly darker grey overall colour (ns[1]); (in female) spotting on breast sides vs extensive barring below (3); more extensive grey crown (1); and darker upperparts (1). Differs from E. remotum in its larger bill (allow 1); shorter wing (allow 1); (in male) darker grey overall colour (ns[1]); (in female) spotting on breast sides (2); more extensive grey crown (1); and narrow vs broad rufous tail tips (2). Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. m. meyerii Salvadori, 1878 – Biak I, in Geelvink Bay.
  • E. m. numforanum (J. L. Peters & Mayr, 1960) – Numfor I, in Geelvink Bay (NW New Guinea).
  • Descriptive notes

    24–27 cm. Adult male is dark blue-grey on upperparts, with black from chin to breast. Adult female has underparts deep buff to rust-coloured with some dark spotting, crown... read more

    Voice

    The presumed song (based on a single recording) is a repeated overslurred whistle, lasting c. 0·6... read more

    Habitat

    Very little-known, but apparently restricted to forest and forest edge habitats, like other members... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information published.

    Breeding

    Nothing known.

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Geelvink Islands EBA. Population believed to be stable, within comparatively small range (... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Geelvink Cicadabird (Edolisoma meyerii). 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/1343777 on 25 June 2019).