Cuckoo-shrikes (Campephagidae)

Grey Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina caesia) - HBW 10, p. 83

French: Échenilleur gris German: Waldraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero Gris
Other common names: African Greybird

Taxonomy: Ceblepyris caesia M. H. K. Lichtenstein, 1823, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
Sometimes considered to form a superspecies with C. pectoralis, from which usually separated by altitude; the two are perhaps better treated as forming a species group, because plumages notably different. Proposed race preussi (E Nigeria and Bioko I), with slightly darker throat than pura, seems better merged with latter. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pura (Sharpe, 1891) - SE Nigeria (Obudu Plateau), W Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea (Bioko I and Mt Alen); also Ethiopia, SE Sudan, Uganda and NE DRCongo S to Malawi and adjacent NW Mozambique.
  • caesia (M. H. K. Lichtenstein, 1823) - Zimbabwe and Mozambique S to South Africa.