Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Sulawesi Cicadabird (Edolisoma morio)


French: Échenilleur morio German: Morioraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Célebes

Ceblepyris morio

S. Müller

, 1843,

near Gorontalo and Tondano, north Sulawesi


Placed in Lalage by some authors#R. Sometimes considered conspecific with E. ceramense, E. mindanense and E. incertum; more recent studies#R suggest that present species is closest to E. incertum and E. remotum. E. sula has sometimes been treated as a race of present species. Races salvadorii and talautense sometimes included in E. tenuirostre, for no apparent valid reason; but talautense notably larger than nominate morio and female much paler below, with sparser barring, so study needed. Nominate race varies clinally, size of male’s black throat patch decreasing and paleness of female plumage increasing from N to S; birds from S Sulawesi often separated as race wiglesworthi, but populations with intermediate characters occur in parts of C & SE Sulawesi. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. m. salvadorii Sharpe, 1878 – Sangihe Is.
  • E. m. talautense A. B. Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1895 – Talaud Is (Karakelong, Salebabu, Kaburuang).
  • E. m. morio (S. Müller, 1843) – N, C, S & SE Sulawesi, including smaller islands of Lembeh, Tobea, Kabaena, Muna, Butung.
  • Descriptive notes

    23–25 cm; 50–67 g. Male nominate race is dark bluish-slate overall, darker on head, with lores, face, chin, throat and upper breast black (throat patch largest in... read more


    Song of male a slow sequence of buzzy, nasal, ringing notes, like sound made by cicada (Cicadidae... read more


    Primary and tall secondary lowland, hill and montane forest, forest edge, small forest patches and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats insects. Occurs in pairs or small groups, also in mixed-species foraging flocks. Gleans quietly but actively in canopy and subcanopy. read more


    No information.


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread, and locally moderately common, on Sulawesi. Common on Talaud Is; uncommon on Sangihe. Occurs in Lore Lindu National Park, on Sulawesi. read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Sulawesi Cicadabird (Edolisoma morio). 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).