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Southern Melanesian Cuckoo-shrikes

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The Southern Melanesian Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina caledonica) is an uncommon species of bird in the cuckoo-shrike family.


Distribution / Range

It is found in New Caledonia, Bougainville Island, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. They inhabit subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and moist montanes.



The species is a large (32–37 cm) cuckoo-shrike with a long square tail and all over dark grey plumage. The eye of adults is yellow, whereas that of the juvenile is dark.



  • BirdLife International (2004). 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 25 July 2007.Doughty, Chris; Day, Nicolas and Plant, Andrew (1999) Birds of the Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, Christopher Helm, London


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