Black-winged Cuckooshrike
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Common Name Lesser Grey Cuckooshrike or Dark Grey Cuckooshrike
Range South to Southeast Asia.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Campephagidae
Genus Coracina
Species Coracina melaschistos
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The Black-winged cuckooshrike or lesser grey cuckooshrike or dark grey cuckooshrike (Coracina melaschistos), is a species of cuckooshrike found in South to Southeast Asia. They have broad based bills with grey upper parts, black wings, white vent, graduated white-tipped tails, black bills and legs. Females are overall lighter in all taxa.

Distribution and Habitat

They breed in summer in mountains from 300-2450 meters and migrate altitudinally or south in winter. It is distributed from Northeast Pakistan through the lower Himalayan region (Uttarakhand, Nepal, Arunachal Pradesh and into the hills of Northeast Myanmar continuing to China and Southeast Asia. It winters in the foothills, occasionally longer distances south west to northern parts of peninsular India and east to Orissa and Bengal but may travel as far south as Kerala).

Breeds in deciduous and broad-leaved evergreen forest but winters in open forest, groves, singly or in pairs. They are also known to join mixed-species foraging flocks. Their diet consists mainly of caterpillars, beetles and other insects.


A medium sized, dark cuckoo-shrike with unbarred, grey underparts. The male is dark grey above; contrasting black wings and tail. Wide white feather tips on underside of tail. The female is palers with faint barring on underside.

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