Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Obi Cicadabird (Edolisoma obiense)


French: Échenilleur d’Obi German: Obiraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Obi

Edoliosoma [sic] obiense


, 1878,



Hitherto treated as conspecific with E. tenuirostre, but differs from geographically adjacent taxa in that complex (here split from HBW arrangement into nine species) in following characters: from similar-sized E. grayi (with which, however, it shares a distinctive song) in its (in female) brighter and unbarred underparts (3); chestnut vs dull olive-brown mantle, back and scapulars (2); rich rufous vs dull olive-brown, lightly barred rump and uppertail-coverts (2); and rufous vs buff-edged grey-brown undertail (ns[2]); and from E. t. amboinense (and hence New Guinea and Lesser Sunda taxa) in its smaller size (including much shorter tail—at least 2); (in male) much duller grey wing fringes (ns[2]); (in female) plain rufous vs dark-barred whitish-buff underparts (3); and grey crown, chestnut back shading to rufous tail vs steady mouse-grey upperparts (3). Race pelingi appears to differ only in minor morphological characters but has unique song (2)#R; further research needed. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. o. pelingi E. J. O. Hartert, 1917 – Banggai Is (Peleng, Banggai), off E Sulawesi.
  • E. o. obiense Salvadori, 1878 – C Moluccas (Bisa, Obi).
  • Descriptive notes

    24–27 cm. Adult male is mid-grey overall, with blacker (but only slightly contrasting) lores and area in front of eyes, black median and greater upperwing-coverts and pale... read more


    Poorly known, but apparently distinctive vis-à-vis most other members of the E. tenuirostre... 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). Race pelengi is confined to the Banggai and Sula Islands EBA, while the nominate race is restricted to two islands in the... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Obi Cicadabird (Edolisoma obiense). 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).