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Makira Cicadabird

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Alternative names: Makira Cuckooshrike; San Cristobal Cicadabird; San Cristobal Cuckooshrike

Edolisoma salomonis

Coracina salomonis


[edit] Identification


  • Grey plumage
  • Black lores
  • Grey-edged black primary coverts and remiges
  • Black tail
  • Dark brown eye
  • Black bill and legs

Females have upperparts like males but the underparts are rich tawny-rufous (without barring).

[edit] Similar species

Males are paler than Cicadabird, females completely different.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to San Cristóbal (Makira) in the Solomon Islands.
Fairly common in its small range.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
Split from Cicadabird by Dickinson (2003)[2] and Gill and Donsker (2010)[3], but regarded as conspecific by Clements (2011)[1].
Forms a superspecies with Cicadabird, Kai Cicadabird, Sula Cicadabird and Pale-shouldered Cicadabird.
Formerly placed in the genus Coracina.

[edit] Habitat

Forest and secondary forest. Occurs from sea-level up to 900m.

[edit] Behaviour

No information on diet.
Forages in pairs or groups of three in dense foliage. Joins sometimes mixed-species flocks, especially with Drongos.
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. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2003. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed., with updates to December 2007 (Corrigenda 7). Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117010
  3. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2011. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.10). Available at
  4. 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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