Cuckoo-shrikes (Campephagidae)

Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina melaschistos) - HBW 10, p. 96

French: Échenilleur ardoisé German: Trauerraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero Alinegro
Other common names: Dark-grey/Lesser Grey Cuckoo-shrike

Taxonomy: Volvocivora melaschistos Hodgson, 1836, Nepal.
Formerly sometimes considered conspecific with C. fimbriata or C. melanoptera. Relatively fine bill and colour of upperparts suggest that the three are possibly linked also with African C. graueri and Madagascan C. cinerea. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • melaschistos (Hodgson, 1836) - N Pakistan (Murree Hills), and Himalayas E to NE India (upper Assam), S China (SE Xizang E to NW Yunnan) and W & N Myanmar; non-breeding S to N & NE India, SE Bangladesh (Chittagongs) and NW Thailand.
  • intermedia (Hume, 1877) - C, E & SE China (Gansu E to Hebei, S to Guangxi and Guangdong); non-breeding S Myanmar, S Thailand, S Vietnam, S China and Taiwan.
  • avensis (Blyth, 1852) - SW China (Sichuan, Yunnan, S Guizhou), S & E Myanmar, N Thailand, N Laos and N & C Vietnam; non-breeding also S to S Myanmar, S Thailand and S Indochina.
  • saturata (Swinhoe, 1870) - NE & C Vietnam (E Tonkin, N & C Annam) and Hainan I; non-breeding NW Thailand, S Laos, Cambodia and S Annam.