Australian Bush Birds
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike  -  Coracina novaehollandiae
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Casino, NSW).
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike juvenile
Left. Black face and grey plumage are useful identification features for the Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike. (Casino, NSW)
Right. Juveniles have a white front (including the tail) and black on the face is less extensive; from a distance the black area may be confused with the black stripe of the White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Charleville, Qld).
map map The Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike - Coracina novaehollandiae - has grey back, neck and crown, white and pale grey breast, black face and throat. Flight feathers are dark, white edged. Males and females are similar; juveniles have a black eye-stripe, pale throat and fine barring on the breast and belly. Reaches 30 to 36 centimetres in length.

Shuffles the wings up and down on landing and in display and has an undulating flight. Favours high, exposed limbs as vantage points to search for insects and other prey on the ground. Often seen perched on overhead power lines beside roads.

Lives solitary, in pairs, in small family parties or in large flocks.

Found over most of Australia where conditions are suitable. Lives in rainforests, woodland, tree-lined rivers in the interior, farms and gardens.

A common species, both sedentary and nomadic in habits.