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Alternative name: Sulawesi Cuckooshrike; Salvadori's Cicadabird

Photo © by martinuk
Dumoga Bone National Park, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia, September 2009
Edolisoma morio

Coracina morio


Female, subspecies morio
Photo © by julienl
Lore Lindu National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia, May 2018

23–25 cm (9-9¾ in)

  • overall plumage dark slate-blue
  • head darker
  • lores, face, chin, throat and upper breast black


Endemic to Sulawesi, Sangihe and the Talaud Islands. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas.


Formerly placed in the genus Coracina. May be included as part of Common Cicadabird by some authors. Subspecies salvadorii is not genetically close to others and may be elevated as species Salvadori's Cicadabird.


There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • E. m. talautense:
  • Talaud Islands (Salebabu, Karakelong and Kaburuang)
  • E. m. salvadorii:
  • E. m. morio:
  • Sulawesi, Lembeh, Muna, Tomea, Kabaena and Butung islands


Primary and tall secondary growth; lowland, hill and montane forests



Their diet consists almost entirely of insects. They forage in pairs, small groups and mixed species flocks.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Aug 2018)

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