Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Hooded Cuckooshrike (Coracina longicauda)


French: Échenilleur à longue queue German: Langschwanz-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero encapuchado

Graucalus longicauda

De Vis

, 1890,

Musgrave Range, 7000 to 9000 feet [c. 2130–2740 m], New Guinea


Some authors#R consider racial size differences clinal and treat species as monotypic. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. l. grisea Junge, 1939 – mountains of New Guinea from Snow Mts E to Huon Peninsula and Eastern Highlands Province.
  • C. l. longicauda (De Vis, 1890) – mountains of SE New Guinea.
  • Descriptive notes

    33 cm; 92–101 g. Distinctive, with grey and black plumage, very long tail. Male has head, neck, mantle, upper breast, alula, flight-feathers and tail black, head and... read more


    Vocal; common call a loud, descending squeal, “jeer-jeer-jeer”, like that of a parrot (... read more


    Tall, dense montane forest, mainly between 2100 m and 2800 m; locally or occasionally as low as... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats mainly insects, including beetles (Coleoptera) and stick-insects (Phasmatidae); a little fruit also taken; small arboreal lizard... read more


    Recorded in Jun and Oct. Nest a shallow cup of fine rootlets, with lichens on outside and small greenish leaves on inside, placed on... read more


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread; often scarce but locally fairly common in its restricted habitat.

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Hooded Cuckooshrike (Coracina longicauda). 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 28 February 2020).