October 18, 2015 – Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)

Requested by: @gepwin

These passerine birds live in Australia, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. They are found in nearly all forested areas other than rainforests. Their diet consists of insects and other invertebrates, as well as fruits and some seeds. Despite their name, these birds are not cuckoos or shrikes, but are named for their short bills and cuckoo-like feather patterns. After landing, they often move their wings up and down several times to readjust their feathers, which has earned them the nickname “shufflewing”. They remain monogamous for several years and both parents share the tasks of nest building, incubation, and feeding chicks.