RFI: wing flicking in cuckoo-shrikes

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Subject: RFI: wing flicking in cuckoo-shrikes
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2001 18:52:48 +1000
Hi birders

I'm curious to get some feedback on this topic.

Many of you would be familiar with the habit in Australia of the Black-faced
Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae) of alternately flicking its wings,
usually on alighting, but also when courting.  This has led to one of its
alternate names - Shufflewing.  The White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (C.
papuensis) and Barred Cuckoo-shrike (C. lineata) do it too - though not so
much.  The Ground Cuckoo-shrike (C. maxima) and Cicadabird (C. tenuirostris)
appear not to do it - any comments?

Outside Australia I note that Robson records the wing flicking habit for the
Large Cuckoo-shrike (C. macei) (which is close to C. novaehollandiae

Have any of you noted this wing flicking behaviour in other species of
cuckoo-shrike (Coracina, Campephaga), or indeed any other Campephagidae
(cuckoo-shrikes, trillers, minivets, flycatcher-shrikes)?  In the likely
event that the habit has phylogenetic significance, I'm curious to hear
accounts of it from any of these bird groups.


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