Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)


Yap Cicadabird (Edolisoma nesiotis)


French: Échenilleur de Yap German: Yapraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Yap

Campephaga nesiotis

Hartlaub and Finsch

, 1872,

Yap Island


Until recently considered conspecific with E. tenuirostre, but differs from E. monacha in characters given under that species and from all other taxa in that complex (here split from HBW arrangement into nine species) in its mellow upslurred whistles (2)#R; female with barring below confined to flanks (2); female with boldly barred rump (3) except vs E. remotum heinrothi, from which instead it differs in its rufous vs grey-brown back and scapulars (2); whitish-buff vs rufous edges of wing-coverts and remiges (1); and slightly smaller size (allow 1). Monotypic.

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Caroline Is (Yap).

Descriptive notes

c. 25 cm. A relatively long-tailed and narrow-bodied cicadabird with a comparatively long bill. Adult male is largely dark slate-grey, with blacker facial mask extending well... read more


Vocalizations includes a quiet, upslurred whistle (like E. monacha), often given in pairs... read more


Apparently largely confined to well-forested habitats, with few sightings in savannas or other... read more

Food and feeding

Apparently no published information, but diet and foraging ecology both presumably similar to those of other members of the E.... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: confined to the Yap Islands EBA. Population is tiny, albeit apparently stable, and it appears to have always been considered rare or... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Yap Cicadabird (Edolisoma nesiotis). 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 27 February 2020).