French: Échenilleur de Welchman German: Solomonen-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Welchman
Other common names:
Solomon Islands Cuckooshrike
Graucalus (Artamides) welchmani
Bugotu (= Santa Isabel), Solomon Islands
Subspecies and Distribution
C. w. bougainvillei
(Mathews, 1928) – Bougainville I.
C. w. kulambangrae
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1916 – New Georgia Group (Kolombangara, New Georgia and Vangunu), in Solomon Is.
C. w. welchmani
(Tristram, 1892) – Santa Isabel.
C. w. amadonis
Cain & I. C. J. Galbraith, 1955 – Guadalcanal.
30–33 cm; 133–165 g. A large cuckoo-shrike, with large bill and moderately long tail. Male nominate race has dark slaty-grey head and upperparts, including... read more
Call on Bougainville (race bougainvillei) a squeaky “mee-ahh-ahh”, on Guadalcanal (... read more
Forest, usually on hills or mountains, but occasionally reported from foothills or lowlands on... read more
Food and feeding
Eats large insects and fruit. Forages in pairs, occasionally in small groups, at outer edge of canopy, moving slowly; shuffles its wings... read more
Nest-building observed in mid-Aug on Kolombangara. No other information.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in the Solomon Group EBA. Uncommon to rare; very few records away from Kolombangara, where locally not uncommon.... read more
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