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  White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis)





White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike | Coracina papuensis photo
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike Coracina papuensis Kobble Creek, SE Queensland, Australia

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike is mainly grey with a white belli. It has a dark stripe from eye to bill which is dark on the male and dark grey on the female. There is a also darker form found in New South Wales and Victoria that has black face and chest, with black mottling on the lower chest. Juvenile birds are brownish grey above and white mottled with pale grey below.

Size
28 cm

Habitat
forest, woodland, mangroves, grassland

Food
fruit, insects

Breeding
The nest is a cup made of twigs and cobwebs in the fork of a tree. The female lays 2 or 3 greenish eggs with brown spots.

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

distribution map showing range of Coracina papuensis 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:papuensis
Common Name:White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike

Relatives in same Genus
  Barred Cuckoo-shrike (C. lineata)
  Ground Cuckoo-shrike (C. maxima)
  Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (C. novaehollandiae)
  Cicadabird (C. tenuirostris)