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Halmahera Cuckooshrike - BirdForum Opus

Celebesia parvula

Coracina parvula


25cm (9¾ in). A dark Cuckoo-shrike.

  • Dark bluish-grey plumage
  • Glossy black narrow forehead band, side of head, chin and throat
  • Black primaries
  • White underwing-coverts
  • Dark eye
  • Black bill, dusky legs

Females and juveniles undescribed.

Similar species

Pygmy Cuckooshrike has white underparts and is much smaller.


Endemic to Halmahera in the Northern Moluccas, Indonesia.
Poorly known restricted-range species. Seems to be local and uncommon.


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly placed in the genus Coracina, sometimes placed in genus Edolisoma.
Has been treated as subspecies of Sunda Cuckooshrike or Wallacean Cuckooshrike.


Primary and selectively logged forest. Occurs at 100 - 900m.



Feeds probably on insects.

Often seen on exposed perches from where it sallies.


No information about breeding.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2005. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 10: Cuckoo-Shrikes to Thrushes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334726
  3. Avibase

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