Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Slaty Cuckooshrike (Coracina schistacea)


French: Échenilleur schistacé German: Schieferraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero pizarroso

Artamides schistaceus


, 1878,

Sula Islands


Birds of Banggai Is occasionally separated as race petersi. Monotypic.


Islands off E Sulawesi: Banggai Is (Peleng, Banggai) and Sula Is (Taliabu, Seho, Mangole, Sanana).

Descriptive notes

31–32 cm. Male is generally slaty grey, with glossy black head, neck, chin and throat; upperwing-coverts and remiges slaty grey, primaries edged paler; tail black;... read more


A series of slightly downslurred, nasal, whistling notes, emitted at 1 note per second; also short... read more


Primary, secondary and selectively logged lowland forest, degraded forest, lightly wooded swampland... read more

Food and feeding

Food includes caterpillars, small lizards and fruit. Forages mainly at 10 m or higher above the ground.


No information.


Nothing recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Banggai and Sula Islands EBA. Locally not uncommon in Banggai Is. In Sula Is, common on Taliabu and Mangole, but... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Slaty Cuckooshrike (Coracina schistacea). 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 17 February 2020).