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  Cicadabird (Coracina tenuirostris)





Cicadabird | Coracina tenuirostris photo
Female Cicadabird (Coracina tenuirostris), Kobble Creek, SE Queensland, Australia

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Cicadabird | Coracina tenuirostris photo
Male Cicadabird, Kobble Creek, SE Queensland, Australia

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CICADABIRD FACTS

Description
The Cicadabird is a medium sized cuckoo-shrike. The male dark blue grey with black bill and dark legs. The female is brown grey above with white underside barred with fine black lines, the eye has a horizontal dark stripe through it. Juveniles are similar to females, but with some white streaking on brown upper parts and head, and less prominent eye stripe.

Size
25 cm

Habitat
rainforest, eucalypt forest, woodlands, paperbark woodland

Food
insects, larvae, fruit

Breeding
The nest is a flat cup made of twigs in fork of a tree

Range
found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, northern parts of Northern Territory, northern Western Australia

distribution map showing range of Coracina tenuirostris in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Campephagidae
Genus:Coracina
Species:tenuirostris
Common Name:Cicadabird

Relatives in same Genus
  Barred Cuckoo-shrike (C. lineata)
  Ground Cuckoo-shrike (C. maxima)
  Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (C. novaehollandiae)
  White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (C. papuensis)