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Common Cicadabird

(Edolisoma [Coracina] tenuirostre)
Alternate name(s): "Cicadabird", "Slender-billed Cicadabird", "Jardine Caterpillar-eater", "Caterpillar-catcher", "Jardine Triller"
Size: 24-26 cm
Weight: 60-75 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Cicadabird at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "tenuirostre"

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view of a male Common Cicadabird (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, December 2016]

Lateral view of a male Common Cicadabird
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, December 2013]

Lateral view of a male Common Cicadabird, different posture
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, December 2013]

Dorsal view of a male Common Cicadabird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, February 2014]

Dorsal view of a male Common Cicadabird, different posture
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, December 2013]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Common Cicadabird (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Anstead Reserve, Anstead, QLD, November 2018]

Frontal view of a female Common Cicadabird looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Anstead Reserve, Anstead, QLD, November 2018]

Lateral view of a female Common Cicadabird (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Anstead Reserve, Anstead, QLD, November 2018]

Lateral view of a female Common Cicadabird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, December 2012]

Lateral view of a female Common Cicadabird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, November 2018]

Race "melvillensis"

ADULT

FEMALE

Near-dorsal view of a female Common Cicadabird (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, August 2013]

Behaviour

Mimicking cicada calls, Common Cicadabirds wait for a response. If they get one, they will pounce on their prey.

Male Common Cicadabird observed by us calling by mimicking a cicada (upper left) and then checking for any response; the bird mimicked both the long-drawn rattle of a cicada and the short burst that can be heard during take-off
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, December 2013]

Food, Diet

As their names already suggest, Common Cicadabirds have a preference for Cicadas, caterpillars and other relatively large insects.

Male Common Cicadabird with its prey, a caterpillar (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, February 2014]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

cicada_20140124.mp3 tenuirostre
(NW NSW)
Contact calls © MD
cicada_20180131.m4a tenuirostre
(NW NSW)
Cicada call (distant) © MD
cicada_20141013.mp3 tenuirostre
(NW NSW)
Cicada call © MD
cicada_20141203.mp3 tenuirostre
(NW NSW)
Cicada call © MD

For comparison, here a few examples of male cicadas' tymbal clicks that these calls are mimicking (there are 200 species of cicadas in Australia, with various sound patterns).

cicada_20141210.mp3 (NW NSW) © MD
cicada_20141210_2.mp3 (NW NSW) © MD

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