Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Golden Cuckooshrike (Campochaera sloetii)


French: Échenilleur doré German: Goldraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero dorado

Campephaga sloetii


, 1866,

Seleh, south-west cape of the Vogelkop, New Guinea


Race flaviceps has yellow vs grey crown, although there is some variability in this character in nominate (2), and its song, while similar, has higher-pitched initial stuttering notes (1) followed by whistles that are more upslurred (1)#R. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. s. sloetii (Schlegel, 1866) – Northern Golden Cuckooshrike – Arfak Mts (foothills) and N New Guinea lowlands (E to Wewak area).
  • C. s. flaviceps Salvadori, 1879 – #RSouthern Golden Cuckooshrike – S New Guinea lowlands from Mimika R E to Moroka, and foothills of Owen Stanley Range.
  • Descriptive notes

    20 cm; 36–46 g. A small cuckoo-shrike with small bill; striking plumage, dominated by golden-yellow, unique in family. Male nominate race has crown grey; base of... read more


    Noisy. Male has rapid, bubbling, repeated “chirrapa”, often with upslurred note added,... read more


    Primary forest and forest edge; mainly in hill forest, locally also in lowlands near hills. Occurs... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats mostly fruit; insects also recorded. Occurs in pairs or small parties in upper canopy and outer foliage. Forages actively and noisily... read more


    No information. Thought to breed during rainy season, Nov–Mar.


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Known distribution rather patchy; locally common. Not well known.

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Golden Cuckooshrike (Campochaera sloetii). 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 26 February 2020).