Young Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes may be confused with the White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Coracina papuenis, which also has a black eye stripe. However, this species is much smaller (26 – 28 cm).
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes inhabit the northern and eastern parts of the Australian continent, from the Kimberleys via the northern part of the NT, south of the Gulf of Carpentaria and Cape York, to the eastern parts of QLD, NSW and parts of VIC.
They prefer forested habitats which nowadays makes them most common in the hill ranges. They are grey on the back, the wings are grey with black markings and the underparts are white. Their tail is dark-coloured tipped with white, legs and feet are dark grey and the eyes and bill are black.
Canon 50D, 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS


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  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 2 years ago

    beautiful bird, wonderful shot.

  • Many thanks Lisa, a new bird for me, I’ve never seen one before!

    – byronbackyard

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 2 years ago

    you were so lucky, i have never seen one before either. They are beautiful, i hope to see one myself, some day :-)))

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleover 2 years ago

    Hi Deb, you sucked me in. When I read the first few words I thought she has got this one wrong but you had it right all the time. Goes to show, read the lot before jumping to conclusions. Nice shot.

  • Lol, I do get them wrong … some of my Harrier shots I’ve since found out were a Spotted Harrier (unusual here). Beautiful bird! Thanks Alwyn!

    – byronbackyard

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 2 years ago

    Nice bird and a great shot.

  • Many thanks, yes very pretty and unusual in these parts!

    – byronbackyard

  • labaker
    labakerover 2 years ago

    great shot, interesting bird…….

  • Many thanks Larry! My first sighting of one, they’re not common here!

    – byronbackyard

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