Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike - Coracina novaehollandiae

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Coracina novaehollandiae

Family: Campephagidae (Cuckoo-shrikes and Trillers, 7 species in Australia)
Size: 33 cm
Distribution: Basically all of Australia
Status: Common to moderately common
Habitat: Open woodland, forest
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

Whenever I see a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike it is usually either raining, cloudy, or looks like it might rain. They are almost always seen high up in trees, not on the ground. They have a very distinctive call that I will put on the site as an audio recording when I get around to it.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike - Coracina novaehollandiae
Photo: Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike - Coracina novaehollandiae
Photo: Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike - Coracina novaehollandiae
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

Some Birdwatching Resources


Field Guide to Australian Birds: Complete Compact Edition, by Michael Morcombe NEW: Field Guide to Australian Birds: Complete Compact Edition, by Michael Morcombe. Based on the above larger book. It's a while since I've seen this one. The publisher's commentary says that "This slimline, compact edition contains the same information on mainland and Tasmanian birds as his best-selling handbook, the Field Guide to Australian Birds. Features include plastic jacket, QuickFind system of colour tags and Quick Index ensure durability and ease of use in the field."

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)


Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Peter Slater, Pat Slater and Raoul Slater Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Peter Slater, Pat Slater and Raoul Slater. This is a smaller field guide, and its advantage is it is easy to carry around. Its size is 21.3 x 11.4 x 2.8 centimetres, or 8.4 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches in the old scale. So it is a good one to get if you want to have your field guide with you out in the field. Unlike most of the field guides it also has illustrations of the eggs of all the birds that breed in Australia. It has very good reviews on Amazon.

Click here to Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

Click here to purchase from Australia (The Nile) $28.45 AUD (May be unavailable)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond) May be expensive.

Click here to purchase from Amazon

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