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Sula Cicadabird

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Photo by mehdhalaouateTaliabu Island, the Sulas, Indonesia, May 2011
Photo by mehdhalaouate
Taliabu Island, the Sulas, Indonesia, May 2011

Alternative names: Sula Cuckooshrike, Sula Islands Cicadabird

Edolisoma sula

Coracina sula


[edit] Identification

20 - 24cm. A long-tailed Cuckoo-shrike.

  • Slaty-grey plumage
  • Black lores and face
  • Dusky chin and throat

Females are very similar to males (atypical for the genus) but slightly paler and without black on head.

[edit] Similar species

Very similar to Cicadabird but with a longer tail.

[edit] Distribution

Found in the lowlands of Sula Islands (Talibau, Seho, Mangole and Sanana), Indonesia.
Common in parts of its small range.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
Forms a superspecies with Cicadabird, Makira Cicadabird, Kai Cicadabird and Sumba Cicadabird.
Formerly placed in the genus Coracina.

[edit] Habitat

Moist lowland forests and montanes, also in scrubs and plantations. Occurs from lowlands up to 1400m.

[edit] Behaviour

Feeds on insects and small fruits.
Forages mainly in lower storeys of forest, sallies sometimes for insects. Often in mixed-species flocks.
No information about breeding.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2005. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 10: Cuckoo-Shrikes to Thrushes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334726

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