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Grey Cuckooshrike

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Photo © by Alan MansonPietermaritzburg, South Africa, May 2007
Photo © by Alan Manson
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, May 2007
Coracina caesia

Ceblepyris caesius


[edit] Identification

25-27 cm (9¾-10½ in), mass 655 g
The plumage is blue-grey; whitish on the forehead and sides of the crown.
Females are paler than males, and the lores are black (males) or grey (females).

[edit] Similar Species

The White-breasted Cuckooshrike is similar, but larger, with a white (rather than grey) breast and belly.

[edit] Distribution

Subspecies puraPhoto © by sthamer volker sthamerMbwindi Forest, Uganda, July 2018
Subspecies pura
Photo © by sthamer volker sthamer
Mbwindi Forest, Uganda, July 2018

Patchy from southern South African coastal belt through southeastern and eastern Africa to Ethiopia.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. pura:
  • C. c. preussi:
  • C. c. caesia: larger than pura

[edit] Habitat

Forest, plantations and adjacent woodlands and gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Solitary, in pairs or (less often) in small groups. Usually seen moving quietly through the upper branches of forest trees where they glean insects from bark, twigs and leaves.

[edit] Movements

Resident with some post-breeding movement.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  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

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