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Bar-bellied Cuckooshrike - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Romy Ocon
Subic rainforest, Zambales province, Philippines, March 2005
Coracina striata


24–32 cm

  • Dark grey plumage
  • Black eye-ring
  • Black lores


Female, Subspecies difficilis
Photo © by martinuk
Sabang, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines, February 2012

Southeast Asia: Indochina, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula, Brunei, Philippines, Borneo, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java


Reference [7] suggests elevating subspecies babiensis, bungurensis, difficilis,enganensis, kannegieteri, simalurensis, sumatrensis and vordermani as "Roving Cuckooshrike", C. sumatrensis citing morphological and likely deep DNA divergence. Andaman Cuckoo-shrike C. dobsoni was split from this taxon [1],[2].


Clements recognises the following subspecies [1]:

  • C. s. sumatrensis: "Roving Cuckooshrike". South peninsular Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo
  • C. s. bungurensis: "Roving Cuckooshrike". Anambas and Natuna islands (South China Sea)
  • C. s. simalurensis: "Roving Cuckooshrike". Simeulue Island (off Sumatra)
  • C. s. babiensis: "Roving Cuckooshrike". Babi Island (off Sumatra)
Photo © by Romy Ocon
Mount Makiling, Laguna province, Philippines, November 2004
  • C. s. kannegieteri: "Roving Cuckooshrike". Nias Island (off Sumatra)
  • C. s. enganensis: "Roving Cuckooshrike". Enggano Island (off Sumatra)
  • C. s. vordermani: "Roving Cuckooshrike". Kangean Islands (Java Sea)
  • C. s. striata: Philippines (Luzon, Polillo and Lubang)
  • C. s. mindorensis: Philippines (Mindoro, Libagao and Tablas)
  • C. s. panayensis: Philippines (Guimaras, Masbate, Panay, Ticao and Negros)
  • C. s. boholensis: Philippines (Bohol, Leyte, Panaon, Calicoan and Samar)
  • C. s. cebuensis: Cebu (Philippines). Probably extinct
  • C. s. kochii: Southern Philippines (Mindanao, Nipa and Basilan)
  • C. s. difficilis: "Roving Cuckooshrike". Southern Philippines (Palawan, Busuanga and Balabac)
  • C. s. guillemardi: Sulu Archipelago


Moist lowland forests and mangrove forests. Forest and forest edge.



Their diet onsists of insects, including butterflies, moths, beetles, mantids and dragonflies.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Avibase
  4. Answers.com
  5. BF Member observations
  6. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2015)
  7. Eaton, JA, B van Balen, NW Brickle, FE Rheindt 2021. Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago (Greater Sundas and Wallacea), Second Edition. Lynx Editions. ISBN978-84-16728-44-2

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