• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

Black-faced Cuckooshrike - BirdForum Opus

(Redirected from Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike)
Coracina novaehollandiae
Photo © by rebelxt
Adelaide, Australia, October 2005


Medium sized shrike-like bird, part of a family unique to the southern Hemisphere.
Pale silver grey with distinctive black facial mask. Underparts white, washed grey; tail broadly margined black, tipped white.
Colour varies among subspecies and from south to north (Northern birds darker).

Similar Species

Photo © by peterday
Near Cox Scrub, South Australia, Dec 2020

White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike


Australasia: found in Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea.

One of the commonest and wide-spread birds in Australia.


Has been regarded conspecific with Wallacean Cuckoo-shrike and Slaty Cuckoo-shrike.


  • C. n. melanops:
  • C. n. novaehollandiae:
  • C. n. subpallida: very pale grey, white below. Immature: smutty black mask from bill through eye to ear-coverts; crown/throat/breast finely barred greyish
Photo © by stoop
Great Dividing Range, South-east Queensland, Australia, December 2009


Rainforests, forests, open woodlands, coastal trees. Wetlands, scrublands; timber on watercourses; orchards, parks, suburban gardens Wooded habitats and suburbs.


Usually arboreal, often conspicuously perches on dead trees or telegraph poles in open areas. Has benefitted from landclearing.

Has a unique 'wing shuffle' which it repeats a couple of times when landing on a perch.


Flight easy, undulating, with wing closed. Hovers over canopy, low over grass in breezes.


Forages in foliage. The diet includes insects and other invertebrates, some fruits and seeds.


The nest is a shallow saucer of sticks and bark, bound together with cobwebs. Both sexes construct the nest and care for the young birds, which leave the nest after about three weeks of hatching.


Voice: musical, rolling, churring; also chereer, chereer.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Birds in Backyards
  3. Graham Pizzey & Frank Knight
  4. BF member observations

Recommended Citation

External Links

GSearch checked for 2020 platform.1