French: Échenilleur calédonien German: Melanesienraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Melanesia
Other common names: Melanesian Cuckooshrike
J. F. Gmelin, 1788,
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.
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.
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
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