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Alternative name: Yellow-eyed Cuckoo-shrike

Photo by mehdhalaouate
Numfor island, Papua, December 2004
Coracina lineata


22–29 cm

  • Dark bluish-grey head, upperparts and upper wing coverts
  • Black line from lores to eye
  • Black and white barred underparts
  • Black legs and bill
Subspecies lineata
Photo by nyoman
Daintree National Park, Queensland, Australia, June 2006


  • Dark eye
  • Scalloped appearance to plumage on head and body
  • Whitish underparts

Similar Species

Oriental Cuckoo:


Southeast Asia: found in Indonesia, Moluccas
Australasia: Papua New Guinea, Australia: New South Wales, Queensland, Melanesia, Solomon Islands



There are 10 subspecies[1]:

  • C. l. axillaris: Mountains of central New Guinea and Waigeo Island
  • C. l. maforensis: Numfor Island (New Guinea)
  • C. l. sublineata: Bismarck Archipelago (New Ireland and New Britain)
  • C. l. nigrifrons: Solomon Islands (Bougainville, Choiseul and Santa Isabel)
  • C. l. ombriosa: Solomon Islands (Kulambangra, New Georgia Group and Rendova)
  • C. l. pusilla: Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands)
  • C. l. malaitae: Malaita (Solomon Islands)
  • C. l. makirae: Makira (Solomon Islands)
  • C. l. gracilis: Rennell (Solomon Islands)
  • C. l. lineata: North-eastern Australia (eastern Cape York Peninsula to north-eastern New South Wales)


Tropical and sub-tropical rainforest, mangroves, vine-scrub and margins. Eucalypt forests and woodlands, forest edges clearings in secondary growth. Paperbarks, timber on watercourses. Fruit trees, particularly figs. Plantations and gardens.


They roost communually.


They constantly flick their wings.


Their diet consists mostly of fruit, in particular figs, with the addition of insects.

They feed in pairs or parties making short, quick flights to the canopy to find the fruit.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2015)
  4. Pizzey, G and F Knight. 1997. Field Guide to Birds of Australia. London: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 978-0207196911

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