Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Pygmy Cuckooshrike (Celebesica abbotti)


French: Échenilleur d’Abbott German: Abbottraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Abbott

Celebesia abbotti


, 1918,

Rano-Rano, Sulawesi


Sometimes included in Edolisoma, and may be closest to E. parvulum. Placed in Lalage by some authors#R. Monotypic.


Mountains of N, NE, C & SE Sulawesi.

Descriptive notes

c. 20 cm. Male has upperparts dark bluish-grey; black on forehead, side of head, chin and throat; primaries black; secondaries, tertials and upperwing-coverts dark bluish-... read more


Usual call a thin, high-pitched, descending “thip”; song 2 quiet notes followed by a 4-... read more


Mountain forest at 1200–2500 m, mainly above 1400 m.

Food and feeding

Insectivorous. Accompanies mixed-species parties. Gleans actively in canopy; apparently also behaves like a flycatcher (Muscicapidae), with... read more


Juveniles in Nov, Dec and Mar. No other information.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sulawesi EBA. Locally common to uncommon. No information on potential threats, but its numbers must have... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2019). Pygmy Cuckooshrike (Celebesica abbotti). 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 8 December 2019).