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Cerulean Cuckooshrike
Cerulean Cuckoo-shrike
Coracina temminckii rileyi
Information
Common Name Sulawesi Cuckooshrike, the Celebes Cuckooshrike and Temminck’s Cuckooshrike
Range island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Campephagidae
Genus Coracina
Species Coracina temminckii
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Cerulean cuckooshrike (Coracina temminckii), other common names for this bird include the Sulawesi cuckooshrike, the Celebes cuckooshrike and Temminck’s cuckooshrike, is a species of cuckooshrike in the Campephagidae family. It is endemic to the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Taxonomy

The cerulean cuckooshrike was first described by the German naturalist Salomon Müller in 1843. The specific name honours the Dutch zoologist and ornithologist Coenraad Jacob Temminck, the director of the National Natural History Museum at Leiden who had sent Müller to the East Indies to collect specimens. Three subspecies are recognised; Coracina temminckii temminckii from the northern peninsula of Sulawesi, Coracina temminckii rileyi from central and southeastern Sulawesi and Coracina temminckii tonkeana from eastern Sulawesi.

Description

he adult cerulean cuckooshrike is a distinctive bird and is about 30 cm (12 in) long. The male is greyish-blue, tinged with cobalt blue on wings and tail.

Biology

The cerulean cuckooshrike inhabits primary forest and mature secondary forest up to an altitude of about 2,000 metres (6,600 ft). It often forms small groups and is presumed to feed on insects. Little is known of its breeding habits but juveniles have been seen in October. One of the places where this bird can be seen is the Gunung Ambang Nature Reserve.

Status

The cerulean cuckooshrike is common in suitable habitats over a large part of central Sulawesi but rather less common in the north and east of the island. The population appears to be stable, and despite its restricted range, the IUCN lists the bird as being of "Least Concern".

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