Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Near Threatened

Kai Cicadabird (Edolisoma dispar)


French: Échenilleur des Kaï German: Keiraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de las Kai

Edoliosoma [sic] dispar


, 1878,

Kei Bandan, Kai Islands


Placed in Lalage by some recent authors#R. Has been regarded as conspecific with E. tenuirostre; two individuals of present taxon collected in Seram Laut (Maar I) together with immature male apparently of E. tenuirostre (possibly of race amboinense), although identity of latter questionable; treated as separate species pending resolution of the question of apparent sympatry on Maar. Monotypic.


Seram Laut Is (Gorong, Manawoka, Maar, Panjang), Banda Is, Watubela Is (Tiur), Tayandu Is (Manggur), Kai Is, and E Lesser Sundas (Romang, Damar, Tanimbar).

Descriptive notes

21·5–24·5 cm. Male is glossy black above and below, with bottle-green reflections; iris rather dark brown, bill blackish, and legs black. Differs from... read more


Male has repeated, unmusical downslurred note; also gives single “chuk”.


Forest, forest edge and secondary woodland, from lowlands to 1400 m.

Food and feeding

Presumably eats insects. Forages mainly in middle storey to lower canopy; gleans from undersides of leaves.


No information.


None reported.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Banda Sea Islands EBA. Poorly known. Apparently generally uncommon, but... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Kai Cicadabird (Edolisoma dispar). 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 17 February 2020).