French: Cassican à tête noire German: Papuakrähenstar Spanish: Verdugo cabecinegro
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. cassicus
(Boddaert, 1783) – Gebe I (N Moluccas), West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, Misool), New Guinea and satellite islands (except those off SE coast), and Aru Is.
C. c. hercules
Mayr, 1940 – Trobriand Is (Kailuna, Kiriwana and Kitawa) and D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Goodenough, Fergusson and Normanby), off SE New Guinea.
32–35 cm; 130–155 g. Rather large butcherbird with black head and throat, and strong bill slightly hooked at tip. Nominate race has head and neck down to upper... read more
One of finest singers in family, but not studied in detail. Song described as loud jumble of... read more
Lowland forest and dense second growth, often near human habitation, to c. 650 m. Occurs in... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on large insects, larvae, spiders (Araneae) and fruit; also takes small vertebrates, including birds. Forages mostly in crowns of... read more
Not well known. Many single records of nests suggest that breeding may occur at any time, with preference for late dry season. Reported... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and common. Although present throughout most of New Guinea, and able to live in areas of human habitation, extensive logging of lowland... read more
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