Cuckoo-shrike.JPG (33897 bytes)Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae): is a largish bird between 305-355 millimetres long. The body is blue-grey with a black face and throat. White below with tail margined with black and tipped white.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes are observed singly, in pairs or family parties. At Yallaroo we usually see pairs. Their flight is undulating and birds refold their wings when landing.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes are found in a wide range of habitats including grasslands, woodlands, parks and gardens.

The nest is usually a small, neat cup in the forks of trees. Some pairs recycle other birdís nests. Magpie Lark (Pee Wee) nests are often favoured. Sometimes their own nests are so shallow that birds and young may be blown out in high wind.

Eggs are two to three, olive-green, blue-green or olive-brown with grey and brown spots.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes are found throughout Australia. They are partly migratory and move from southern Australia to northern Australia and possibly cross to New Guinea.

Cuckoo-shrikes are neither Cuckoos nor Shrikes. The name refers to the form and flight of some Cuckoos and their shrike-like beaks.

 

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