White-breasted Cuckooshrike | Coracina pectoralis

Robert's Birding Information: Whitebreasted Cuckooshrike

The White-breasted Cuckooshrike is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Campephagidae bird family group which includes birds such as Cuckooshrikes.

The description for the White-breasted Cuckooshrike (Latin name Coracina pectoralis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Coracina pectoralis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 539 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 732. You will find a picture of the White-breasted Cuckooshrike on page 705.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the White-breasted Cuckooshrike between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The White-breasted Cuckooshrike is known in Afrikaans as Witborskatakoeroe.

The White-breasted Cuckooshrike has a height of 27 cms and weighs around 60 gms. The head is coloured grey while the bill is coloured black. The Coracina pectoralis has a white coloured throat, black legs and a grey coloured back. The eyes are sepia.

The male Coracina pectoralis has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is grey.

Eyes are sepia.

Bill is black.

Legs are black.

Throat is white.

Back is grey.

White Breasted Cuckoo Shrike Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the tree trunk.

The White-breasted Cuckooshrike is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

Whitebreasted Cuckooshrike Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The White-breasted Cuckooshrike is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 1 to 2 eggs and they are coloured blue.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foliage.

The White-breasted Cuckooshrike is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.