RFI: wing flicking in cuckoo-shrikes

To: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Subject: RFI: wing flicking in cuckoo-shrikes
From: "Trevor Quested" <>
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2001 01:35:05 +1000

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.

Hi Lawrie,

I have noticed it in the Large Cuckoo shrike in Malaysia & sri Lanka. I did
not see it in the Ashy cuckoo shrike (C. cinerea) in Madagascar or the small
Black-headed Cuckooshrike in Sri Lanka (C. melanoptera). This bird flew with
a more quivering flight than the diagnostic cuckoo-shrike undulation.

Trevor Quested

Sydney, Australia

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