Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Petit's Cuckooshrike (Campephaga petiti)


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

Campephaga petiti


, 1884,

Cacongo (Landana), Cabinda, Angola


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


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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 27 January 2020).