Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Stout-billed Cuckooshrike (Coracina caeruleogrisea)


French: Échenilleur à gros bec German: Dickschnabel-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero picogrueso

Campephaga cæruleogrisea

G. R. Gray

, 1858,

Aru Islands


Sometimes treated as monotypic#R, as racial differences considered minimal. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. c. strenua (Schlegel, 1871) – W & C New Guinea (E to Wahgi Valley), including Yapen I.
  • C. c. caeruleogrisea (G. R. Gray, 1858) – SC New Guinea and Aru Is.
  • C. c. adamsoni Mayr & Rand, 1936 – E New Guinea.
  • Recently discovered population in E Halmahera, race unknown#R.

    Descriptive notes

    33–37 cm; male 127–170g, female 116–142 g. Male nominate race is blue-grey above, including upperwing-coverts and tertials, brighter blue on head; chin, and... read more


    Slightly musical but harsh “shhhyyun-eshhhyuway”; also short chirp, soft mewing slur, soft rasp and... read more


    Inhabits forest, forest edges, tall secondary growth and disturbed habitats. In New Guinea, mainly... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats large insects, including weevils (Curculionidae) and other beetles (Coleoptera), also cockroaches (Blattodea) and lepidopteran larvae... read more


    Nestling in Nov and fledglings seen in Jan and Apr, indicating breeding late in dry season and early and late in wet season. No other... read more


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widely distributed; generally uncommon, but locally fairly common. Appears tolerant of disturbed habitats.

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Stout-billed Cuckooshrike (Coracina caeruleogrisea). 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).