Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Petit's Cuckooshrike (Campephaga petiti)


Taxonomy

French: Échenilleur de Petit German: Kongo-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Petit
Taxonomy:

Campephaga petiti

Oustalet

, 1884,

Cacongo (Landana), Cabinda, Angola

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Close to C. flava (which see) and C. phoenicea. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Nigeria and SW Cameroon S to NW Angola; also NE DRCongo, adjacent SW Uganda and W Kenya.

Descriptive notes

20 cm; 26–37 g. Male is black with greenish-blue gloss (forehead, belly, thighs and underwing-coverts unglossed); rectrices and remiges edged greenish-blue; iris deep... read more

Voice

Short whistled “seep”. Song a high-pitched “psiuu, tsi-tsi”; also high,... read more

Habitat

Moist primary and secondary forest, including secondary growth, gallery forest and forest patches... read more

Food and feeding

Eats caterpillars (Lepidoptera), also flying insects and grasshoppers (Orthoptera). Forages unobtrusively in foliage of higher and middle... read more

Breeding

Breeds in Feb–May in DRCongo and Jun in Uganda; courtship noted in Jun–Jul in Kenya; birds in breeding condition in Jul in... read more

Movements

Recorded as absent from Kivu, in E DRCongo, in Jul–Nov, possibly indicating some movements. read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Poorly known. Regarded as generally uncommon to locally frequent; locally common in W Kenya (Kakamega). This species’ numbers have presumably... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2019). Petit's Cuckooshrike (Campephaga petiti). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/57896 on 16 June 2019).