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Black-winged Cuckooshrike Picture
 
 

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SPECIES INFO

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

Distribution

It is distributed 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. It winters in the foothills, occasionally longer distances (e.g. Kerala).

Habitat: open forest, groves, singly or in pairs.

Description at Jayanti in Buxa Tiger Reserve in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, India.

A medium sized, dark cuckoo-shrike with unbarred, grey underparts.

  • 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: Loud twit twit to we, descending in scale.

Diet: mainly invertebrates.

Nests in tree.





                                     



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