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Alternative names: New Guinea Cuckooshrike; New Guinea Cicadabird

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Yapen, Papua, New Guinea
Edolisoma melas

Coracina melas



New Guinea.


Six subspecies are recognized:[1]

  • E. m. waigeuense
  • Waigeo Island (New Guinea)
  • E. m. tommasonis
  • Yapen Island (New Guinea)
  • E. m. melas
  • Salawati Island and western New Guinea
  • E. m. meeki
  • Eastern New Guinea
  • E. m. goodsoni
  • Aru Islands (New Guinea)
  • E. m. batantae
  • Batanta Island (New Guinea)

Formerly placed in the genus Coracina.
Some resources have incorrectly given scientific name as Edolisoma melan




  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. 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/.

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