Black-bibbed cicadabird -- 黑胸鹃鵙 (Coracina mindanensis)

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Black-bibbed cicadabird description

GenusCoracina (1)

Perching silently in the forest canopy, the shy and elusive black-bibbed cicadabird is rarely observed in the wild. While the plumage of both sexes is mainly ashy grey, the male possesses a distinctive black region extending from the face down to the lower breast, as well as black primaries and tail feathers (2).

Length: 22 cm (2)

Black-bibbed cicadabird biology

Due to its elusiveness and a lack of study, little is currently known about the biology of the black-bibbed cicadabird. It appears to be solitary and arboreal, either perching high in the forest canopy or middle storey of the forest, or in secondary growth (2).


Black-bibbed cicadabird range

The black-bibbed cicadabird is endemic to the Philippines, where five subspecies are recognised, each inhabiting separate islands. Coracina mindanensis lecroyae is found on Luzon; Coracina mindanensis elusa on Mindoro; Coracina mindanensis ripleyi on Samar, Biliran, Leyte and Bohol; Coracina mindanensis mindanensis on Mindanao and Basilan; and Coracina mindanensis everetti on Jolo, Lapac, Tawitawi and Bongao (2).


Black-bibbed cicadabird habitat

The black-bibbed cicadabird principally occurs in lowland areas of moist, tropical forest, usually at altitudes well below 1,000 metres (2).


Black-bibbed cicadabird status

Classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Vulnerable


Black-bibbed cicadabird threats

As a Philippine endemic, the black-bibbed cicadabird will have undoubtedly been affected by the historical and ongoing large-scale clearance of forest that has occurred on all islands within the group (2) (3). In lowland forest areas, human activities such as logging, encroachment of agriculture, urban development, and conversion to oil palm or wood pulp plantations are claiming much of this species’ habitat. With so little known about the black-bibbed cicadabird’s distribution and population, it is unclear how many fall within protected areas (2). However, even if the number should prove to be significant, the enforcement of protection in these areas is currently lacking (4).


Black-bibbed cicadabird conservation

At present, there are no measures in place to conserve the black-bibbed cicadabird. The priority for this species is to gather more detailed information about its distribution and population status within remaining lowland forest. In addition, ongoing campaigns for the specific protection of the black-bibbed cicadabird, and for expanded, more efficient protection of the Philippine forests in general, will help to ensure this species’ survival (2).

View information on this species at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

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An animal which lives or spends a large amount of time in trees.
A species or taxonomic group that is only found in one particular country or geographic area.
In birds, the main flight feathers projecting along the outer edge of the wing.
Secondary growth
Vegetation that has re-grown after a disturbance, such as fire or clearance.
A population usually restricted to a geographical area that differs from other populations of the same species, but not to the extent of being classified as a separate species.


  1. IUCN Red List (June, 2008)
  2. BirdLife International (October, 2008)
  3. Crosby, M.J. (2003) Saving Asia’s Threatened Birds: a Guide for Government and Civil Society. BirdLife International, Cambridge, UK.
  4. WWF (October, 2008)

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