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Sangihe Whistler - BirdForum Opus

Photo by James Eaton
Sangihe Island, Indonesia, August 2004

Alternative names: Sangihe Shrikethrush; Sangir Whistler

Coracornis sanghirensis


17 - 19cm.

  • Olive-grey above with slightly darker head
  • Dark brown ear-coverts pale buff streaked
  • Brown lesser upperwing-coverts
  • Brown tail
  • Pale grey below with light buff tinge, becoming greenish-yellow on belly
  • Darker undertail-coverts and flanks
  • Dark grey iris
  • Bill dark grey-horn above, light horn below

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.

Similar species

Recalls a Shrikethrush but ranges don't overlap.


Endemic to Mount Sahendaruman on Sangihe Island, north of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Critically endangered. Rediscovered in 1985 after beeing known only by two specimens of the 19th century. Treated by habitat loss and possibly fewer than 100 birds remain.


Was considered to be a subspecies of Little Shrikethrush in the past.
Formerly placed in genus Colluricincla.


Lowland montane forest. Occurs at 575 - 1000m.


Feeds on insects. Forages in upper and middle storey of forest, occasionally on ground.
No information about breeding.
Resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2007. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553422

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