Aust birds    Bird names   News   1-26    Habitats    Key plants    Glossary    Plumage    Nests    Tips    Thumbnails    Gen. info    Sponsors    Photos for sale   
NON-PASSERINES     1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10     11     12     13     14 15     16     17     18     19     20     21     22     23     24     25     26     PASSERINES
Common names sorted alphabetically: A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   W   Y  
Have birds left a mess around your place? We recommend to try a professional cleaning service.

22

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

(Coracina papuensis)
Alternate name(s): "Papuan Cuckoo-shrike", "Little Cuckoo-shrike", "Swainson's Cuckoo-shrike", "White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike"
Size: 26-28 cm
Weight: 110 g (average)

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

Click here for a physical description

Taxonomy, classification

See White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

Click here for information on habitat and range

Sightings

Click here for sighting information

Photos

Race "robusta"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male(?) White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike checking out the photographer; this is the bird whose calls were recorded on 3 October 2015
[Pilliga scrub, near Coonabarabran, NSW, October 2015]

Lateral view of a male(?) White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike; this is the bird whose calls were recorded on 3 October 2015
[Pilliga scrub, near Coonabarabran, NSW, October 2015]

Dorsal view of a male(?) White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike - this is the bird whose call was recorded
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, April 2014]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female(?) White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, September 2012]

Near-frontal view of a female(?) White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, September 2012]

Near-lateral view of a female(?) White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, September 2012]

Female(?) White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike "shuffling" its wings, thereby showing its underwing pattern
[Yarrie Lake, near Wee Waa, NSW, September 2012]

Race "artamoides"

ADULT

MALE

Near-lateral view of a male White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike; note the black lores (photo courtesy of M. Windeyer)
[Warrumbungle NP, NSW, April 2016]

Near-lateral view of a male White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike; note the faint barring on the front (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, December 2016]

Near-lateral view of a male White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, with a clear view of the light-grey underwing (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, December 2016]

Lateral view of a male(?) White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
[20 km South of Narrabri, NSW, January 2006]

Dorsal view of a male(?) White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
[20 km South of Narrabri, NSW, January 2006]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike; note the grey lores
[Near Urunga, NSW, March 2015]

Near-lateral view of a female White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
[Near Urunga, NSW, March 2015]

Lateral view of a female White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, October 2008]

Race "hypoleuca"

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view of a male(?) White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Race "apsleyi"

ADULT

Lateral view of a White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Wurrumiyanga, Bathurst Island, NT, September 2016]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: ? Mobility: Locally nomadic Elementary unit: Pair/family clan

Food, Diet

Like all members of the Coracina family known to us, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes hunt small animals, up to the size of a Praying Mantis or a centipede, from low perches.

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.

whbcshr_20151003.mp3 robusta
(NW NSW)
Contact calls © MD
whbcshr_20140402.mp3 robusta
(NW NSW)
? © MD
whbcshr_20140402_2.mp3 robusta
(NW NSW)
? © MD
 
whbcshr_20151021_2.mp3 artamoides
(NW NSW)
Contact calls © MD
whbcshr_20151021.mp3 artamoides
(NW NSW)
Squabbling © MD

These pages are largely based on our own observations and those of our contributors. The structure of these bird pages is explained HERE. For more salient facts on any bird species please refer to a field guide.

Would you like to contribute photos or sound recordings to this site?
If interested, please CLICK HERE. Credits to contributors are given HERE.