Cuckoo-shrikes (Campephagidae)

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis) - HBW 10, p. 78

French: Échenilleur choucari German: Weißbauch-Raupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero Papúa
Other common names: Papuan Cuckoo-shrike (N & E races); White-bellied/White-breasted(!) Cuckoo-shrike/Greybird (hypoleuca); Little/Robust Cuckoo-shrike (robusta)

Taxonomy: Corvus papuensis J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Manokwari, Cendrawasi, north-west New Guinea.
Forms a superspecies with C. leucopygia and C. ingens. Until recently, the latter form was normally regarded as a race of present species, but it differs notably in large size, stout bill and more slaty coloration, and is probably more appropriately treated as a distinct species. Race robusta formerly treated as a full species, but now considered to fall within variation of present species. Birds ascribed to race timorlaoensis (of Tanimbar Is) may be nomadic vagrants from Australia. Birds from N Moluccas sometimes separated as race melanolora, but considered.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Corvus papuensis J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Manokwari, Cendrawasi, north-west New Guinea.
Forms a superspecies with C. leucopygia and C. ingens. Until recently, the latter form was normally regarded as a race of present species, but it differs notably in large size, stout bill and more slaty coloration, and is probably more appropriately treated as a distinct species. Race robusta formerly treated as a full species, but now considered to fall within variation of present species. Birds ascribed to race timorlaoensis (of Tanimbar Is) may be nomadic vagrants from Australia. Birds from N Moluccas sometimes separated as race melanolora, but considered not satisfactorily distinguishable from nominate, with which merged. Australian races intergrade; proposed race stalkeri (E Australia) invalid, as refers to intergradient population in N & C Queensland, and therefore included in oriomo. Fourteen subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • papuensis (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) - N Moluccas (Morotai and Halmahera S to Obi), W Papuan Is (Waigeo, Salawati, Misool, Batanta), W & N New Guinea (including Yapen I), Lesser Sundas (Kisar, Luang, Sermata) and Kai Is.
  • timorlaoensis A. B. Meyer, 1884 - Tanimbar Is.
  • angustifrons (Sharpe, 1878) - C to SE New Guinea.

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  • papuensis (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) - N Moluccas (Morotai and Halmahera S to Obi), W Papuan Is (Waigeo, Salawati, Misool, Batanta), W & N New Guinea (including Yapen I), Lesser Sundas (Kisar, Luang, Sermata) and Kai Is.
  • timorlaoensis A. B. Meyer, 1884 - Tanimbar Is.
  • angustifrons (Sharpe, 1878) - C to SE New Guinea.
  • intermedia Rothschild, 1931 - SC New Guinea.
  • louisiadensis (Hartert, 1898) - Louisiade Archipelago.
  • oriomo Mayr & Rand, 1936 - S New Guinea (Trans-Fly region), islands in Torres Strait and NE Australia (Cape York Peninsula).
  • apsleyi Mathews, 1912 - coastal N Australia (Melville I, Cobourg Peninsula and shores of Van Diemen Gulf).
  • hypoleuca (Gould, 1848) - coastal N Australia (Kimberley E to Gulf of Carpentaria); non-breeding (probably this race) also in Kai Is and Aru Is.
  • artamoides Schodde & Mason, 1999 - E Australia (NE Queensland S to NE New South Wales).
  • robusta (Latham, 1801) - coastal SE Australia; non-breeding N to New South Wales and S Queensland.
  • sclaterii (Salvadori, 1878) - Bismarck Archipelago.
  • perpallida Rothschild & Hartert, 1916 - N Solomon Is (Bougainville, Choiseul, Santa Isabel, Florida).
  • elegans (E. P. Ramsay, 1881) - C & S Solomons (New Georgia Is S to Guadalcanal).
  • eyerdami Mayr, 1931 - Malaita I (SE Solomons).
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