Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Sula Cicadabird (Edolisoma sula)


French: Échenilleur des Sula German: Sularaupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de las Sula

Edolisoma mindanense sula

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1917,

Sulabesi, Sula Islands


Placed in Lalage by some recent authors#R. Has sometimes been treated as a race of E. morio. Monotypic.


Sula Is (Taliabu, Seho, Mangole, Sanana), off E Sulawesi.

Descriptive notes

20–24 cm. A long-tailed campephagid exhibiting extreme type of sexual convergence, with female plumage almost wholly masculin­ized. Male is slaty-grey, except for... read more


A series of short, rather explosive, metallic notes at rate of 2–3 per second.


Forest , woodland, scrub and plantations, from lowlands to 1400 m.

Food and feeding

Eats insects, including caterpillars, also small fruits. Frequents mainly lower storeys of forest, up to c. 15 m above ground. Sometimes... read more


No information.


None recorded.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Banggai and Sula Islands EBA. On Taliabu, common in all lowland wooded habitats, uncommon in primary montane... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. (2020). Sula Cicadabird (Edolisoma sula). 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).