Cuckoo-shrikes (Campephagidae)

Slender-billed Cicadabird (Coracina tenuirostris) - HBW 10, p. 87

French: Échenilleur cigale German: Mönchsraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero Picofino
Other common names: Common/Long-billed Cicadabird, Jardine Triller/Caterpillar-eater

Taxonomy: Gracaulus [sic] tenuirostris Jardine, 1831, New South Wales, Australia.
Forms a superspecies with C. dohertyi, C. sula, C. dispar and C. salomonis; last two formerly treated as conspecific with present species. Races salvadorii and talautensis of C. morio sometimes treated as races of present species, for no valid reason. Micronesian races (monacha, nesiotis and insperata) probably represent a separate species, and other races likely also to involve more than one species; detailed study of taxonomic limits required. Mainland New Guinea race muellerii apparently indistinguishable from mig.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Gracaulus [sic] tenuirostris Jardine, 1831, New South Wales, Australia.
Forms a superspecies with C. dohertyi, C. sula, C. dispar and C. salomonis; last two formerly treated as conspecific with present species. Races salvadorii and talautensis of C. morio sometimes treated as races of present species, for no valid reason. Micronesian races (monacha, nesiotis and insperata) probably represent a separate species, and other races likely also to involve more than one species; detailed study of taxonomic limits required. Mainland New Guinea race muellerii apparently indistinguishable from migratory Australian nominate race, leading to suggestion that all or most populations of former are migrants from Australia and that taxon should be considered synonymous with nominate; further study needed. Racial identity of birds on Lomblen and of those on Seram Laut uncertain, former tentatively included in timoriensis and latter in amboinensis; similarly, birds in NE Australia (Cape York Peninsula) presumed to belong with melvillensis. Thirty subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • monacha (Hartlaub & Finsch, 1872) - Palau Is.
  • nesiotis (Hartlaub & Finsch, 1872) - Caroline Is (Yap).
  • insperata (Finsch, 1876) - Caroline Is (Pohnpei).

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  • monacha (Hartlaub & Finsch, 1872) - Palau Is.
  • nesiotis (Hartlaub & Finsch, 1872) - Caroline Is (Yap).
  • insperata (Finsch, 1876) - Caroline Is (Pohnpei).
  • pelingi (Hartert, 1917) - Banggai Is (Peleng, Banggai), off E Sulawesi.
  • edithae (Stresemann, 1932) - S Sulawesi.
  • pererrata (Hartert, 1917) - Tukangbesi Is (Kaledupa, Tomea), off SE Sulawesi.
  • emancipata (Hartert, 1896) - Tanahjampea I (between Sulawesi and Flores).
  • kalaotuae (Meise, 1929) - Kalaotoa (N of Flores).
  • timoriensis (Sharpe, 1878) - Lesser Sundas (Lomblen, Timor).
  • grayi (Salvadori, 1879) - N Moluccas (Morotai, Halmahera, Ternate, Tidore, Bacan).
  • obiensis (Salvadori, 1878) - C Moluccas (Bisa, Obi).
  • amboinensis (Hartlaub, 1865) - S Moluccas (Ambon, Seram, Seram Laut Is).
  • nehrkorni (Salvadori, 1890) - Waigeo I, off W New Guinea.
  • numforana J. L. Peters & Mayr, 1960 - Numfoor I, in Geelvink Bay (NW New Guinea).
  • meyerii (Salvadori, 1878) - Biak I, in Geelvink Bay.
  • muellerii (Salvadori, 1876) - W Papuan Is (Kafiau, Misool), New Guinea (except S) and D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago.
  • aruensis (Sharpe, 1878) - Aru Is and coastal SW New Guinea (E to R Fly and Daru I).
  • admiralitatis (Rothschild & Hartert, 1914) - Admiralty Is.
  • matthiae (Sibley, 1946) - N Bismarck Archipelago (Storm I, St Matthias Is).
  • remota (Sharpe, 1878) - Bismarck Archipelago (New Ireland, New Hanover, Feni Is).
  • ultima Mayr, 1955 - Tabar, Lihir and Tanga Is (off New Ireland).
  • heinrothi (Stresemann, 1922) - New Britain.
  • rooki (Rothschild & Hartert, 1914) - Umboi I (W of New Britain).
  • tagulana (Hartert, 1898) - Louisiade Archipelago (Misima I, Tagula I).
  • rostrata (Hartert, 1898) - Rossel I (E Louisiade Archipelago).
  • saturatior (Rothschild & Hartert, 1902) - N & C Solomon Is (Buka I, Bougainville I, Choiseul, New Georgia Group, Santa Isabel).
  • nisoria (Mayr, 1950) - SC Solomons (Russell Is).
  • erythropygia (Sharpe, 1888) - S Solomons (Guadalcanal, Malaita).
  • melvillensis Mathews, 1912 - N Australia from Melville I and Kimberley E to Arnhem Land, also NE Queensland (Cape York Peninsula).
  • tenuirostris (Jardine, 1831) - E Australia from E Queensland (S of Cape York Peninsula) S to E New South Wales and E Victoria (Melbourne); non-breeding N to SE New Guinea (where possibly also a resident population).