Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Ground Cuckooshrike (Coracina maxima)


Taxonomy

French: Échenilleur terrestre German: Grundraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero terrestre
Taxonomy:

Ceblepyris maxima

Rüppell

, 1839,

New Holland = New South Wales, Australia

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Previously placed in Pteropodocys. N birds have been separated as race pallida on basis of slightly paler overall colour, but degree of difference from birds elsewhere in range is small (minor Gloger effect). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Australia, mainly in interior.

Descriptive notes

31–38 cm; 124–155 g. Large, slender and long-legged cuckoo-shrike; slightly forked tail unique in family. Has grey head, nape, mantle and breast, darker on ear-... read more

Voice

A loud, repeated “pee-oo” or “queel” delivered in flight; “chill-... read more

Habitat

Inhabits open, usually rather dry, lightly timbered country, including low eucalypt (Eucalyptus... read more

Food and feeding

Eats mainly adult and larval insects, including mantids (Mantodea), grasshoppers and locusts (Orthoptera), Phasmatodea, and ants (... read more

Breeding

Recorded in all months, but mainly Aug–Dec/Jan, and after rains in arid regions. Nests communally; sometimes breeds co-operatively,... read more

Movements

Thought to be resident in some areas, and no large-scale seasonal movements apparent. Regarded as... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread, but generally regarded as uncommon; rarely found near coasts. Density of 0·5 birds/ha recorded on Nullarbor Plain, in Western... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2019). Ground Cuckooshrike (Coracina maxima). 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/57832 on 18 June 2019).