Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Critically Endangered

Reunion Cuckooshrike (Lalage newtoni)


French: Échenilleur de la Réunion German: Newtonraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Reunión

Oxynotus newtoni


, 1866,

Reunion Island


See L. melaschistos. Plumage similarities (including marked sexual dichromatism) to Australasian Edolisoma schisticeps, E. tenuirostre (as constituted in HBW) and E. melas may indicate convergence. Monotypic.


NW Reunion I.

Descriptive notes

22 cm. Male has ashy-grey upperparts, paler on rump and uppertail-coverts, blackish spot in front of eye, dull ashy-grey ear-coverts and face side spotted white below eye;... read more


Male has shrill, clear, repeated whistled, “tui”, and harsh, scolding “kek... read more


Primarily canopy of closed montane moist forest, including steep, forested gulleys, and occurs also... read more

Food and feeding

Chiefly insectivorous; fruits of some native trees (Aphloia, Ficus) also taken. Eats adult and larval beetles (Coleoptera... read more


Sept–Feb; nest-building can begin late Aug and take a month to complete; may be double-brooded. Monogamous; territorial, territory... read more


Resident; seasonal records from heath attributed to post-breeding dispersal.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Réunion EBA. Occurs in only two areas, of increasingly degraded habitat, totalling c. 16 km². Number... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Reunion Cuckooshrike (Lalage newtoni). 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).