Black-winged cuckooshrike

Black-winged cuckooshrike

Black-winged cuckooshrike, Lesser grey cuckooshrike, Dark grey cuckooshrike

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Lalage melaschistos

The black-winged cuckooshrike or lesser grey cuckooshrike or dark grey cuckooshrike (Lalage melaschistos ) is a species of cuckooshrike found in South to Southeast Asia. Despite the name, they (cuckooshrikes) are unrelated to shrikes or cuckoos. They have broad based bills with grey upper parts, black wings, white vent, graduated white-tipped tails, black bills and legs. Females are overall lighter in all taxa.


A medium-sized, dark cuckoo-shrike with unbarred, grey underparts.



They breed in summer in mountains from 300–2450 meters and migrate altitudinally or south in winter. It is distributed from Northeast Pakistan through the lower Himalayan region (Uttarakhand, Nepal, Arunachal Pradesh and into the hills of NE Myanmar continuing to China and Southeast Asia. It winters in the foothills, occasionally longer distances south west to northern parts of peninsular India and east to Orissa, Bengal and Bangladesh, but may travel as far south as Kerala).

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Habitat: Breeds in deciduous and broad-leaved evergreen forest but winters in open forest, groves, singly or in pairs. They are also known to join mixed feeding parties. Their diet consists mainly of caterpillars, beetles and other bugs.

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Habits and Lifestyle

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition



1. Black-winged cuckooshrike Wikipedia article -
2. Black-winged cuckooshrike on The IUCN Red List site -
3. Xeno-canto bird call -

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