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Merle cuisinier - Kuzinye
Coracina typica

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 Cuckoo-shrike
Mauritius Cuckoo shrike - Coracina typica
Photograph Colin Taylor
Cuckoo-shrike female (left) and male
Cuckoo-shrike female (left) and male

 Description

Scientific Name

Coracina typica

English Name

Cuckoo shrike

Local English Name

Mauritius Graybird, Blackbird Cook

French Name

Campéphage de Maurice

Local French Name

Echenilleur de Maurice, Merle Cuisinier

Creole Name

Kuzinye

Habitat

Remnants of native forests around Black River Gorges; Bel Ombre forest

Geographic Range

Mauritius

First Description

Hartlaub, 1865

Status

Vulnerable less than 200 pairs

   

 Classification

Kingdom
Phylum
Sub phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species

Animalia
Chordata
Vertebrata
Aves
Passeriformes
Corvidae
Coracina
Coracina typica

 

 Details

Food

Insects in vegetation. Occasionally robs nests of other birds, such as the Pink Pigeon, sucking the eggs

Reproduction

Two or three pale-green spotted eggs laid in a rough, cup-shaped nest of thin plant parts bound by cobwebs and placed high in trees. Both parents sit on the eggs. Nest predated by rats.

Remarks

The sexes are different, the female being rust-brown, the male basically grey. Not common but numbers have seemed stable for some time around 200 pairs

Illustrated on a 20 cent stamp and a calendar published by the State Commercial Bank.

 
In the years 1970, its population was estimated at approximately 200 couples. Its rarefaction is related on the clearings and the destruction of its habitat. The Mauritius Cuckoo shrike, which Creoles call blackbird cook, lives in the canopy of the island dense forests.
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Endemic Birds

Echo Parakeet

 

The Captive Breeding Program

Kestrel
Pink Pigeon
Mauritius Fody
Paradise Flycatcher
Cuckoo Shrike
Grey White-Eye
Olive White-eye
Black Bulbul

Rodrigues Warbler
Yellow Fody

   
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Sites

 

Bassin Blanc
Macchabee Forest Road
Macchabee-Bel Ombre Nature Reserve

   
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References

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Stafford, R. J., & J. Beaumont. 1996. Observations on the biology of the Mauritius Cuckoo-shrike Coracina typica. Ostrich 67: 15--22. (Royal Holloway Inst. Environ. Res., Huntersdale, Callow Hill, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 4LN, UK.) {ROL #80}

Michel, Claude, Birds of Mauritius, Rose Hill (Mauritius) 1992, ISBN 99903-0-140-9

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