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Kai Cicadabird

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MalePhoto by James EatonYamdena, Tanimbar Is, Maluku, Indonesia, November 2011
Photo by James Eaton
Yamdena, Tanimbar Is, Maluku, Indonesia, November 2011

Alternative name: Kai Cuckooshrike

Edolisoma dispar

Coracina dispar


[edit] Identification

21.5 - 24.5 cm.

[edit] Male

  • Glossy black plumage
  • Dark brown eye
  • Blackish bill, black legs

[edit] Female

  • Olive-brown upperparts
  • Greyish head with darker ear-coverts and rufous-buff cheeks
  • Dark brown tail
  • Rufous-buff underparts with blackish cross-lines

Juveniles are not described.

[edit] Similar species

Males are blacker than male Cicadabirds.

[edit] Distribution

Found on the Seram Laut Islands, Banda Islands, Watubela Islands, Tayandu Islands, Kai Islands and the eastern Lesser Sundas (Romang, Damar and Tanimbar) in the Moluccas, Indonesia.
A poorly known restricted-range species.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
Forms a superspecies with Cicadabird, Makira Cicadabird, Sula Cuckoo-shrike and Sumba Cuckoo-shrike.
Has been treated as subspecies of Cicadabird or Sumba Cuckoo-shrike.
Formerly placed in the genus Coracina.

[edit] Habitat

Forest, secondary woodland and forest edge. Occurs from lowlands up to 1400m.

[edit] Behaviour

Feeds on insects.
Forages in middle storey and lower canopy.
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. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2011. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.10). Available at
  3. 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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