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Taliabu Island, the Sulas, Indonesia, May 2011

Alternative names: Sula Cuckooshrike, Sula Islands Cicadabird

Edolisoma sula

Coracina sula


20 - 24cm. A long-tailed Cuckoo-shrike.

  • Slaty-grey plumage
  • Black lores and face
  • Dusky chin and throat

Females are very similar to males (atypical for the genus) but slightly paler and without black on head.

Similar species

Very similar to Cicadabird but with a longer tail.


Found in the lowlands of Sula Islands (Talibau, Seho, Mangole and Sanana), Indonesia.
Common in parts of its small range.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Forms a superspecies with Cicadabird, Makira Cicadabird, Kai Cicadabird and Sumba Cicadabird.
Formerly placed in the genus Coracina. The taxonomy of these forms is complex with conflicting signals from plumage and vocalisations. Genetic differentiation is not great.


Moist lowland forests and montanes, also in scrubs and plantations. Occurs from lowlands up to 1400m.


Feeds on insects and small fruits.
Forages mainly in lower storeys of forest, sallies sometimes for insects. Often in mixed-species flocks.
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. 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

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