Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Vulnerable

Mauritius Cuckooshrike (Lalage typica)


Taxonomy

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

Oxynotus typicus

Hartlaub

, 1865,

Mauritius

.

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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57861 on 13 December 2018).