The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Grey Cuckooshrike

Afrikaans name: Bloukatakoeroe

Grey Cuckooshrike

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Coracina caesia

Grey Cuckooshrikes are found over most of the southern half of Africa. In South Africa it is found along the eastern regions of the country from the Western Cape through to Limpopo.

They are found in habitats with a lot of trees such as coastal and montane forests as well as bushveld.

The Grey Cuckooshrike eats insects and spiders and can be seen skulking around the canopy of trees looking for food.

They make their bowl-shaped nest from lichen and spider web in the fork of a tree. 1 or 2 eggs are laid and both parents tend to the eggs and young.

References and further reading

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 302

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 43

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 212

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 473

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 467

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 288

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 363

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 351

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 298

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 273

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 298

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 212

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 148

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 86

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 177

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 56

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 158

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 70

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 193

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 210

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 51

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 51

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