Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Near Threatened

New Georgia Cicadabird (Edolisoma pygmaeum)


French: Échenilleur pygmée German: Leierraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Nueva Georgia

Edolisoma holopolium pygmæum


, 1931,

Kolombangara, Solomon Islands


Hitherto treated as conspecific with E. holopolium, but differs in its markedly smaller size (published data#R indicate wing at least 10% shorter; allow 2); darker grey upperparts (1); lack of black half-collar or full hindcollar (2) and with black generally more restricted on frons (ns); and downslurred vs upslurred whistles in song (3). Monotypic.

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C Solomons (Kolombangara, New Georgia, Vangunu, Gatukai).

Descriptive notes

20 cm. Compared to formerly conspecific E. holopolium the present species appears to much smaller than nominate, with darker grey upperparts, wing-coverts and flight... read more


Gives a rasping or quavering upslurred “vrhee”, “vvrreeeoo” or “toe-hee”, often repeated up to ten... read more


Forest and forest edge habitats, but less common in lowlands, although overall altitudinal range is... read more

Food and feeding

Probably very similar to diet and foraging ecology of E. holopolium.


Nothing known.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in the Solomon Group EBA, with an overall range estimated at just 6800 km².... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). New Georgia Cicadabird (Edolisoma pygmaeum). 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 28 February 2020).