Family Woodswallows and Butcherbirds (Artamidae)

Data Deficient

Tagula Butcherbird (Cracticus louisiadensis)


French: Cassican de Tagula German: Louisiadenkrähenstar Spanish: Verdugo de Tagula

Cracticus louisiadensis


, 1889,

Sudest Island = Tagula Island, Louisiade Archipelago, New Guinea


Sister to C. cassicus. Monotypic.


Tagula I, in Louisiade Archipelago, off SE New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

27–30 cm. Rather large, dark butcherbird with powerful hook-tipped bill. Plumage is all black, except for white spots at sides of breast, white stripe on inner wing (... read more


No information.


Forest and forest edge.

Food and feeding

No information.


No information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Data Deficient. Restricted-range species: present in Louisiade Archipelago EBA. Very poorly known. Apart from specimens, only... read more

Recommended citation

Russell, E., Rowley, I. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Tagula Butcherbird (Cracticus louisiadensis). 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 23 January 2020).