Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Data Deficient

Rossel Cicadabird (Edolisoma rostratum)


French: Échenilleur de Rossel German: Rosselraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Rossel

Edoliosoma [sic] rostratum

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1898,

Rossel Island


Hitherto treated as conspecific with E. tenuirostre (now broken into nine species), but differs from closely adjacent form E. t. tagulanum in its (both sexes) much heavier, deeper bill (allow 3); (in female) pale rufous vs buffy-whitish underparts (2); confinement of bars to sides of neck and breast (2); unbarred vs lightly barred rump (1); darker, browner upperparts (ns[1]); and (in male) much less pronounced pale wing fringes (ns[1]). Differs from E. remotum in its (both sexes) much heavier, deeper bill (allow 3); (in female) confinement of bars to sides of neck and breast vs no or complete barring (2); darker upperparts (1); broader rufous edges of rectrices (1). Monotypic.

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Rossel I (E Louisiade Archipelago).

Descriptive notes

24–27 cm. Adult male is largely slate-grey, with black mask extending to throat and well onto ear-coverts, and darker centres to wing-feathers (fringed paler). Adult female... read more


Nothing published and no recordings of this species are apparently available.


Very little-known, but probably restricted to forest and forest edge habitats, like other members... read more

Food and feeding

No information published.


Nothing known.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently treated as Data Deficient. Restricted-range species: confined to the Louisiade archipelago EBA, where it is known only from type series... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Rossel Cicadabird (Edolisoma rostratum). 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 12 December 2019).