Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

South Melanesian Cuckooshrike (Coracina caledonica)


French: Échenilleur calédonien German: Melanesienraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Melanesia
Other common names: Melanesian Cuckooshrike

Corvus caledonicus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

New Caledonia


Previously treated as conspecific with C. welchmani (which see). Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. c. thilenii (Neumann, 1915) – Vanuatu (Espiritu Santo, Malo, Malakula).
  • C. c. seiuncta Mayr & Ripley, 1941 – Erromango, in S Vanuatu.
  • C. c. lifuensis (Tristram, 1879) – Loyalty Is (Lifou).
  • C. c. caledonica (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – New Caledonia and I of Pines.
  • Descriptive notes

    30–35 cm; 117–180 g. Male nominate race has slaty-grey head and upper­parts, including upperwing-coverts; black forehead, lores, feathers around eye, and chin... read more


    Loud whistle, “zweee” or “tseeoo”, like that of Common Starling (... read more


    Forest; fairly common in savanna, cultivated areas, humid forest. Lowlands; absent above 1100 m. read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats insects and fruit. No other information.


    No information.


    None reported.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in the Vanuatu and Temoutu EBA and New Caledonia EBA. Poorly known; no recent information on status. Has presumably... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). South Melanesian Cuckooshrike (Coracina caledonica). 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).