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Grey Cuckooshrike

Afrikaans name: Bloukatakoeroe

Grey Cuckooshrike

Photo © Steven Herbert

Coracina caesia

Grey Cuckooshrikes are found over most of the southern half of Africa. In South Africa it is found along the eastern regions of the country from the Western Cape through to Limpopo.

They are found in habitats with a lot of trees such as coastal and montane forests as well as bushveld.

The Grey Cuckooshrike eats insects and spiders and can be seen skulking around the canopy of trees looking for food.

They make their bowl-shaped nest from lichen and spider web in the fork of a tree. 1 or 2 eggs are laid and both parents tend to the eggs and young.


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 51

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 70

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 56

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 148

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 473

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 467

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 302

List of South African Birds

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