Cuckoo-shrikes (Campephagidae)

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) - HBW 10, p. 72

French: Échenilleur à masque noir German: Schwarzgesicht-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero Carinegro
Other common names: Large(!)/Greater/White-vented Cuckoo-shrike, Australian Greybird

Taxonomy: Turdus novae Hollandiae J. F. Gmelin, 1789, “terra van Diemen” = Adventure Bay, Tasmania.
Forms a superspecies with C. macei, C. javensis, C. schistacea, C. personata, C. atriceps, C. fortis, C. welchmani and C. caledonica, possibly also including C. caeruleogrisea; all were formerly treated as conspecific. Australian populations of nominate race and melanops exhibit continent-wide cline of increasing body size N to S. Birds from (N Australia) described as race didimus, but considered indistinguishable from melanops. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • subpallida Mathews, 1912 - breeds WC Australia (Pilbara); non-breeding possibly Lesser Sundas and Kai Is.
  • melanops (Latham, 1801) - breeds SW, S, E & N Australia and main offshore islands, also locally SE New Guinea (Port Moresby region); non-breeding Moluccas, Lesser Sundas, and E New Guinea E to W Solomons.
  • novaehollandiae (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - breeds Tasmania and islands in Bass Strait (King I, Furneaux Group); non-breeding SE Australia.