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  Ground Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina maxima)





Ground Cuckoo-shrike | Coracina maxima photo
Ground Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina maxima) Atkinson's Dam, SE Queensland, Australia

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Ground Cuckoo-shrike | Coracina maxima photo
Ground Cuckoo-shrike on nest

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The Ground Cuckoo-shrike is the largest cuckoo-shrike. It has grey back, head and chest. The wings and upper side of the tail are black. The tail is long and forked. The underside and lower body is white with numerous fine black bars. The eye is yellow in adult birds. Juvenile birds have mottled barring on the back, head and chest and a black eye

Size
36 cm

Habitat
open woodland, shrubland

Food
fruit, insects

Breeding
The nest is a cup made of twigs, grass, bark and cobwebs. In fork of a tree. The female lays 2 or 3 olive green eggs.

Range
The Ground Cuckoo-shrike is found in much of inland Australia.

distribution map showing range of Coracina maxima 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:maxima
Common Name:Ground Cuckoo-shrike

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