Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Moluccan Cicadabird (Edolisoma grayi)


French: Échenilleur de Bacan German: Morotairaupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero moluqueño picofino

Edoliosoma [sic] grayi


, 1879,

Bacan and east Halmahera


Hitherto treated as conspecific with E. tenuirostre, but differs from neighbouring taxa in that complex (here split from HBW arrangement into nine species) in the following characters: from same-sized E. obiense distinguished by characters given under that species (see below), and from Papuan, Sulawesi and Lesser Sunda taxa and S Moluccan E. t. amboinense by its distinctive song shared only with E. obiense (2)#R; smaller size (allow 2); duller male (ns[1]); and (in female) dull rufous vs buff on equivalent areas (2); denser barring below (1); and rufescent vs greyish lower upperparts (2). Monotypic.

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N Moluccas (Morotai, Halmahera, Ternate, Tidore, Bacan).

Descriptive notes

24–27 cm. Adult male is slate-grey overall, with even blacker (but not contrasting) mask and throat, black median and greater upperwing-coverts and pale grey fringes to... read more


Until recently, no differences known between this species and most Moluccan races of E.... read more


Occupies a variety of forest and forest edge habitats below c. 1500 m.

Food and feeding

No information on diet; species is typically observed singly or in pairs, or in small groups of fewer than six individuals, which forage in... read more


Nothing known.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population believed to be stable, within comparatively small range (estimated to be 56,900 km²) compared to several other members of... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Moluccan Cicadabird (Edolisoma grayi). 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 25 February 2020).