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Black Cuckooshrike - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Aroberts
Hluhluwe-Umfolosi Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
September 2004
Campephaga flava


Photo © by volker sthamer
Arusha, Tanzania, 11 September, 2020

Length 19-22 cm (7½-8¾ in)
Mass 32 g

Adult male

Photo © by Alan Manson
Mkhuze Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
December 2012
  • Black overall plumage, bill, eyes and legs
  • Bright orange gape
  • Rounded tail

Some males have a yellow patch on the carpal joint.

Adult female

  • Upper parts olive, finely barred black
  • Tail brown and yellow
  • Wings with yellow and blackish markings
  • White under parts, finely scalloped black


Africa: Woodland regions south of the Equator, extending northwards in eastern Africa to southern Somalia, southern Kenya, Uganda and southern Sudan.


This is a monotypic species[1].

It has in the past been considered conspecific with Petit's Cuckoo-shrike.


Woodlands and forest margins.


Generally solitary or in pairs.


Usually quiet and inconspicuous as they glean mainly insects from leaves, twigs and bark. Also occasionally eats fruit.


Monogamous and territorial. The nest is a shallow cup built using moss, lichen and spider web. One to three eggs are laid September to February (in southern Africa).


Either resident or local migrant.


Call: A high-pitched trill.


Photo © by volker sthamer
Langano, Ethiopia, March 2016
  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  3. Lepage D. (2020) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/F9031A09].] Retrieved 30 December2020
  4. Taylor, B. (2020). Black Cuckooshrike (Campephaga flava), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.blkcus1.01

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