French: Échenilleur malgache German: Madagaskarraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero malgache
Other common names:
Ashy Cuckooshrike (when lumped with C. cucullatus)
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. cinereus
(Statius Müller, 1776) – N & E Madagascar.
C. c. pallidus
(Delacour, 1931) – W, C & SW Madagascar.
22–24 cm; 35–55 g (nominate). Male nominate race has entire head and neck black, upperparts, including upperwing-coverts and tertials, uniform dark grey; alula,... read more
Distinctive song, often heard, a series of hard notes followed by fluted notes that decrease in... read more
Lowland to mid-altitude humid evergreen forest, dry forest, gallery forest, forest edge, secondary... read more
Food and feeding
Eats variety of invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), lepidopteran and other larvae, orthopterans, homopterans, cicadas (Cicadidae... read more
Season Nov–Mar, with a female ready to lay as late as the last-named month in W Madagascar. Monogamous and territorial, defending... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in suitable habitat in Madagascar, especially in E & NW, where known from a number of protected areas, including... read more
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