Alice Springs Fauna •

Birds in Alice SpringsBabblers Black-faced Cuckooshrike Brown Falcon Rainbow Bee-eater Sacred Kingfisher Wedge-tailed Eagle Western Bowerbird Whistling Kite

The Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) is a lovely bird that can be seen around Alice Springs. The Eastern and Central Arrernte word is Mekalhampwe.

Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)
Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) resting in the ghost gum, Alice Springs NT

Native to Australia and southern New Guinea, it is a medium-size to large omnivorous passerine bird identified by the distinctive black mask and throat. The cuckoo-shrike is pale grey above and paler to white on the underparts. Feathers along the edge of the wings are darker and barred with a lighter grey.

The young bird is similar to the adult bird except for the black facial mask, which is just an eye stripe. There is also a dark morph known as the White-bellied Cuckooshrike, with more extensive black in the adult face, whilst the light morph and the immature bird lacks the mask.

Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)
Black-faced Cuckooshrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Campephagidae
  • Genus: Coracina
  • Species: Coracina novaehollandiae

Birds in Alice SpringsBabblers Black-faced Cuckooshrike Brown Falcon Rainbow Bee-eater Sacred Kingfisher Wedge-tailed Eagle Western Bowerbird Whistling Kite

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