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Photo by James Eaton
Yamdena, Tanimbar Is, Maluku, Indonesia, November 2011

Alternative name: Kai Cuckooshrike, Tenggara Cuckooshrike (in part)

Edolisoma dispar

Coracina dispar


21.5 - 24.5 cm.


  • Glossy black plumage
  • Dark brown eye
  • Blackish bill, black legs


  • Olive-brown upperparts
  • Greyish head with darker ear-coverts and rufous-buff cheeks
  • Dark brown tail
  • Rufous-buff underparts with blackish cross-lines

Juveniles are not described.

Similar species

Males are blacker than male Cicadabirds.


Found on the Seram Laut Islands, Banda Islands, Watubela Islands, Tayandu Islands, Kai Islands and the eastern Lesser Sundas (Romang, Damar and Tanimbar) in the Moluccas, Indonesia.
A poorly known restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species.
Forms a superspecies with Cicadabird, Makira Cicadabird, Sula Cuckoo-shrike and Sumba Cuckoo-shrike: has been treated as subspecies of Cicadabird or Sumba Cuckoo-shrike. Formerly placed in the genus Coracina.

Eaton et al (2021) [4] cite molecular evidence to join this taxon with the following subspecies of Common Cicadabird to form "Tenggara Cicadabird", an expanded concept of Edolisoma dispar: emancipatum, kalaotuae, timoriense.


Forest, secondary woodland and forest edge. Occurs from lowlands up to 1400m.


Feeds on insects.
Forages in middle storey and lower canopy.
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. 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). 2011. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.10). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. 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
  4. Eaton, J.A.. van Balen, B. Brickle, N.W., B Rheindk F.E. (2021). Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago, Greater Sundas and Wallacea. Lynx Edicions. Barcelona. Second Edition

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