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Pale-shouldered Cicadabird

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FemalePhoto by James EatonLabuan bajo, Flores, Indonesia, July 2009
Photo by James Eaton
Labuan bajo, Flores, Indonesia, July 2009

Alternative names: Sumba Cicadabird; Sumba Cuckooshrike

Edolisoma dohertyi

Coracina dohertyi


[edit] Identification

20 - 24cm.

  • Bluish-slate above, darker on head and neck
  • Black forehead, lores, orbital region, side of head, ear-coverts, chin and throat
  • Light grey upperwing-coverts
  • Black primaries and primary coverts, black secondaries and tertials tipped grey-white
  • Dark grey underparts
  • Dark brown eye
  • Black bill, dark grey to blackish legs

Females have a white underside with dusky grey barring.
Juveniles are undescribed.

[edit] Similar species

Has darker edges of upperwing-coverts and secondaries than Cicadabird (ssp emancipata). Also note black forehead, face and throat.

[edit] Distribution

Found on Sumbawa, Flores and Sumba in the western Lesser Sundas, Indonesia.
Generally uncommon restricted-range species.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
The population of Sumbawa may merit recognition as distinctive subspecies.
Forms a superspecies with Cicadabird, Makira Cicadabird, Kai Cuckoo-shrike and Sula Cuckoo-shrike.
Formerly placed in the genus Coracina.

[edit] Habitat

Moist lowland forests and montanes. Occurs from 200m to 1700m.

[edit] Behaviour

Feeds on insects.
Forages in middle storey and lower canopy.
Birds in breeding condition recorded in June. No other information on 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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