Black-winged Cuckooshrikes or Smaller Grey Cuckoo-Shrikes

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Black-winged Cuckooshrike or Smaller Grey Cuckoo-Shrike (Coracina melaschistos)


Black-winged Cuckooshrike or Smaller Grey Cuckoo-Shrike (Coracina melaschistos) The Black-winged Cuckooshrike or Smaller Grey Cuckoo-Shrike (Coracina melaschistos) is a cuckooshrike found in South to Southeast Asia.


Distribution

They are found from Northeast Pakistan through the lower Himalayan region (Uttaranchal, Nepal, Arunachal Pradesh and into the hills of NE Myanmar continuing to China and Southeast Asia.

They spend the winter in the foothills, occasionally longer distances (e.g. Kerala).

They inhabit open forest, groves, singly or in pairs.


Description

This is a medium sized, dark-plumage cuckoo-shrike with an unbarred, grey under plumage.

  • Male: dark grey above; contrasting black wings and tail. Wide white feather tips on underside of tail.

  • Female: Palers with faint barring on underside

Call

Their call is described as a loud twit twit to we, descending in scale.


Diet

They mostly feed on invertebrates.

Black-winged Cuckooshrike or Smaller Grey Cuckoo-Shrike (Coracina melaschistos) Black-winged Cuckooshrike or Smaller Grey Cuckoo-Shrike (Coracina melaschistos)


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson



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