Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Near Threatened

Kai Cicadabird (Edolisoma dispar)


Taxonomy

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

Edoliosoma [sic] dispar

Salvadori

, 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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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.

Breeding

No information.

Movements

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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57867 on 23 August 2019).