Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)


Mauritius Cuckooshrike (Lalage typica)


French: Échenilleur de Maurice German: Mauritiusraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Mauricio

Oxynotus typicus


, 1865,



See L. melaschistos. Sometimes separated in genus Coquus. Plumage similarities (including marked sexual dichromatism and sequence of immature plumages) to Australasian Edolisoma schisticeps, E. tenuirostre (as constituted in HBW) and E. melas may indicate convergence. Monotypic.


S Mauritius.

Descriptive notes

22 cm; one male 43 g. Male has top and side of head slate-grey, upper lores and stripe over eye whitish, ear-coverts pale grey; upperparts, including lesser upperwing-coverts... read more


Melodic series of short whistles preceded by few sharper, faster notes, female uttering fewer... read more


Canopy of moist tropical evergreen forest, also adjacent degraded or altered forest, and scrub; 200... read more

Food and feeding

Food mainly large arboreal arthropods, including mantids (Mantodea), stick-insects (Phasmatidae), bush-crickets (Tettigoniidae), beetles (... read more


Breeds Sept–Mar, during rains. Monogamous; permanently territorial. Territorial and courtship displays may involve up to four... read more


None recorded.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Mauritius EBA. Has very small range (c. 117 km², comprising four areas) and small population, estimated at 300–350... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Mauritius Cuckooshrike (Lalage typica). 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 16 February 2020).