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


Finding Australian Birds A Field Guide to Birding Locations, by Tim Dolby and Rohan Clarke NEW: Finding Australian Birds A Field Guide to Birding Locations, by Tim Dolby and Rohan Clarke. From the eastern rainforests to central deserts, Australia is home to some 900 species of birds. This book covers over 400 Australian bird watching sites conveniently grouped into the best birding areas, from one end of the country to the other. This includes areas such as Kakadu in the Top End and rocky gorges in the central deserts of the Northern Territory, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, rainforests distributed along the eastern Australian seaboard, some of the world's tallest forests in Tasmania, the Flinders Ranges and deserts along the iconic Strzelecki and Birdsville Tracks in South Australia, and the Mallee temperate woodlands and spectacular coastlines in both Victoria and south west Western Australia.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)


Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe NEW: Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe. This one has colour drawings of the eggs and the nests which not many other field guides do (I can't think of any that do). It's an excellent field guide and one of the four main ones (the other three being above this one). The weakness of this field guide is that some of the pictures of the birds aren't as good (or accurate) as the other three most used field guides. It's also the heaviest though there is a pocket edition which is much smaller and lighter.

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