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Grey-headed Cicadabird - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Grey-headed Cuckooshrike

Edolisoma schisticeps

Coracina schisticeps


21–22 cm (8¼-8¾ in)

  • Slaty-grey crown and upperparts
  • Darker grey head sides


Southeast Asia: found in Indonesia, Moluccas, Misool, Salawati Islands, Papua New Guinea, D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago, Melanesia


Formerly placed in the genus Coracina.


There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • E. s. schisticeps:
  • Misool Island and Salawati Island and north-western New Guinea
  • E. s. reichenowi:
  • Northern New Guinea (Geelvink Bay to Sepik flood-plain)
  • E. s. poliopsa:
  • Southern New Guinea (Kapare River to Astrolabe Mountains)
  • E. s. vittatum:
  • D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Fergusson and Goodenough)


Forests and forest edges, including tall secondary growth; from sea level to 1500 m.



Their diet consists mostly of fruit with the addition of insects, caterpillars.


  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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)

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