Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Moluccan Cuckooshrike (Coracina atriceps)


French: Échenilleur des Moluques German: Molukkenraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero moluqueño cabecinegro

Ceblepyris atriceps

S. Müller

, 1843,

Celebes; error = Seram


Race magnirostris is larger than nominate, with a larger bill and usually more extensive, less sharply defined hood; acoustic comparisons needed when recordings become available. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. magnirostris (Bonaparte, 1850) – Moluccan Cuckooshrike – N Moluccas (Ternate, Halmahera, Kasiruta, Bacan).
  • C. a. atriceps (S. Müller, 1843) – Seram Cuckooshrike – Seram (S Moluccas).
  • Descriptive notes

    32–35 cm. Male nominate race has head, neck, upper mantle, chin, throat and breast black with bluish gloss; rest of upperparts, including upperwing-coverts, light slaty... read more


    Harsh, staccato dry chatter, occasionally given alternately by two individuals.


    Primary forest, mainly in hills; also tall secondary and selectively logged forest, coastal... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food not recorded. Frequents upper tree levels, including the lower canopy, and crowns of subcanopy trees.


    No information.


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Seram EBA and Northern Maluku EBA. Widespread and common on Halmahera; locally common on Seram, mainly in the... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Moluccan Cuckooshrike (Coracina atriceps). 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 17 February 2020).